The expenses that arise in the course of leading a normal life, i.e. accommodation, food, clothing and recreational activities, are called living costs. They are about average in Germany compared to other European countries, that is to say, they are significantly lower than in countries like Denmark, Luxembourg or Switzerland, but rather high compared to countries like Poland, the Czech Republic or Italy.
On average, a German student has expenses of EUR 867 per month. That includes rent, travel expenses, expenditures for food, clothing, learning materials, health insurance, telephone, Internet, radio and TV license fees, and recreational activities. Added to this is the semester contribution, which varies between higher education institutions. International students usually have less money at their disposal than their German fellow students: on average, they can spend EUR 725 per month. If you have affordable accommodation and are careful with your money you will manage easily with this sum.
TIP: There are a number of discounts for students. If you can show a valid student ID, you will often pay less for tickets to the theatre, museums, opera houses, cinemas and other cultural institutions. If you are more the sporty type, you should take a look at the sports programmes at your higher education institution: with a few exceptions, they are free for students.