29 Feb 2020



The cost of living for international students in Germany is quite affordable. Normally, you would expect higher prices in urban areas as compared to peripheral ones. Rent is the major financial concern you will have to tackle when studying in Germany. However, there are many options available to you and though the cost of rent varies (mainly depending on the location of the apartment), nevertheless, it is not that expensive.

To ease your financial burden you can find someone with whom you can share the room and this will cut in half your expenses. The cost of other goods and services like food, amenities, public transport and so on is not high.

Study abroad programs in Germany offer a variety of living arrangement options. We have the Campus housing, Apartment and the Host family.

CAMPUS HOUSING: If you are already living in a residential hall on your college campus, making the transition to a host-college campus dormitory may be a good option. This can be a good way to connect with other students and experience the college lifestyle in another country. You will also have the advantage of being near campus dining and laundry facilities. Living in campus housing can be more isolating from local cultural experiences, especially if you are placed in a facility reserved for international students.

APARTMENT: Renting an apartment is perhaps the most independent option for housing and is well suited to students comfortable creating their own experience abroad. It can be an isolating experience, though, if you are not accustomed to this kind of freedom and end up spending most of your time alone in your apartment. Private apartment rentals can also be expensive, and leasing arrangements differ widely from those found in Germany.

HOST FAMILY: Also referred to as a “homestay” arrangement. Most student aften get homesick while studying abroad, it is only natural to miss your family and friends. Understand that early feeling of homesickness are normal and there are always reasonable actions you can take to adjust to your host country like connecting with a local family. ‘Homestay arrangements’ this can help reduce/ease some homesickness giving you a chance to become part of a new family in your host country.

You may be placed with a family and live in their home during your study abroad program. Family members may or may not speak English, but this provides a chance for the student to experience the country fully dip in the local culture and language. Students often develop close relationships with their homestay families, but the experience can also present challenges related to privacy and safety. Make sure your school or program coordinators have a screening process in place to ensure the best possible match of students and families.




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