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Live in Germany

Germany is situated in the heart of Europe and shares its borders with nine neighbouring countries, which is more than any other European state. You can be sure to notice this international atmosphere when you walk, ride or drive along its streets and roads. People from all over the world live in Germany.

The landscapes of Germany are diverse and beautiful. On the North and Baltic Seas, there are island chains with long sand dune beaches. In the low mountains of central Germany, a region praised for its beauty by the English and German Romanticists, medieval castles are situated along forested valleys. And in the South, the Alps with their sparkling lakes rise above the lowlands.

Almost half of Germany’s inhabitants live in 76 cities with populations over 100 000. The largest German cities are Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. Germany has plenty to offer, including great cuisine and fine wines, festivals and celebrations, inspiring architecture, design and fashion, vacation destinations, and beautiful scenery.

Compared to other European countries, Germany is not overly expensive. The price of food, accommodation, clothing, and cultural activities are equivalent to the EU average. Most universities are state funded and charge no fees or only very moderate tuition fees. However, note that the costs for private universities are considerably higher.

Transportation

The public transportation network is very well-developed in Germany.  For local travel, there are buses, S-Bahn (commuter train), U-Bahn (underground) and Straßenbahn (tram). Travelling by taxi is not as common and the fare can be quite expensive. For inter-city travel, the most popular means of transportation is by the Deutsche Bahn/DB or the German Rail. There are also a number of budget flights connecting cities, and these can sometimes be cheaper than train tickets. The bicycle is a popular and convenient means of transportation among the Germans, in small towns as well as in big cities. It is certainly not a bad idea to get yourself a second hand bicycle during your stay in Germany.

Climate

Life in Germany also means to cope with seasonal weather changes. The country lies in a rather cool westerly wind zone between the Atlantic and the continental climate in the east. Extreme weather changes tend to be rare. The average winter temperature is between 1.5°C in the lowlands and minus 6°C in the mountain areas. July is the warmest month of the year with an average temperature of 18° C in the lower regions and 20° C in the sheltered areas of southern Germany. You can pursue leisure activities in accordance with the prevailing seasonal weather. Winter offers skiing, not only in the Alps to the South, but also in the hills and lower mountain ranges. Summer can be pleasantly spent on the beaches of the North and Baltic Sea or at one of the thousands of freshwater lakes all over Germany.

Culture

There are many sides to cultural life in Germany: From North to South there are around 300 theatres and 130 professional orchestras. The museum world is of quite unparalleled quality – featuring 630 art museums with diverse international renowned collections. Young German painting is equally vibrant, and is long since part of the international scene. And Germany is one of the major book nations, with around 94 000 new books and re-editions each year. The 350 dailies and thousands of magazines go to show how lively the German media world is. Moreover, German films are once again a great success at home and abroad.

Living Costs

Living costs are dependent on a number factors. This may include, but not limited to:

  • One’s lifestyle

  • Location in Germany,

  • The kind of accommodation you choose

It is difficult to predict exactly how much money you will need in Germany, but, a survey amongst international students revealed that most of them spend an average of 865 EUR per month. That however is above the average that German students spend, which means you can get by with less. In Germany, students either live in residence, share an apartment with other students, or rent an apartment privately.

Finding a job

Many international students in Germany earn extra money with a part-time job. You are allowed to 120 full days per year. Please note that a part-time job can supplement your budget, but it won’t finance all of your living expenses.

Students can work as professor assistants or tutors helping other students and other student jobs are also available at other university facilities such as libraries, dining halls and cafeterias.

Students also considering seeking opportunities outside the university, such as waiting tables at pubs and restaurants, babysitting, working in supermarkets etc.

One of the first places you should look at is the job-finding service. This special service for students is offered by the Studentenwerk in cooperation with the Federal Employment Agency.