Costs and Budget

Costs and Budget

Money is an important issue when you are planning to study abroad for some time. On the following pages, you will find out what to expect and how much money you will need.

Estimated Costs

You will need a sizeable amount of money for your living expenses. Make sure you have enough money available in the first weeks after your arrival to pay for registration fees, accommodation security deposit, and your first month's rent.

Your financial basis has to be secure before you embark for Germany. Ensure that you have enough money with you as well as easy access to your bank account at home.

  • Registration Fees: All students, exchange students included, must pay registration fees each semester. Currently the fee is approximately EUR 220 per semester. The fee includes contributions to the student administration, the student body and the Semesterticket, which provides free public transportation around the region. Here you can find further information on the registration fee.
  • Accommodation: The monthly rent for an on-campus student room is approx. EUR 380–450. Most dormitories offer Internet access for an additional fee of approx. EUR 20 per month. If you wish to live in off-campus housing please calculate EUR 380–550 per month.
  • Meals: Your TU Darmstadt student ID card includes a price reduction for meals in the university cafeteria. You can also prepare inexpensive meals in your student apartment. You will spend about EUR 350–450 on food and beverages per month.
  • Books: Expenditures for books depend very strongly on the courses you choose. Students in Germany usually do not buy new books, but try to purchase second-hand books or simply borrow books from the library.

Here is a short list of expected costs:

  1 semester 1 year
Tuition EUR 0 EUR 0
Registration fees EUR 216.38-266.38 EUR 432.76-532.76
(highly depending on the type of accommodation)
on-campus approx.
EUR 380-450 x 6 months = EUR 1,800
on-campus approx.
EUR 380-450x 12 months = EUR 3,600
  off-campus approx.
EUR 380 x 6 months EUR = 2,280 EUR
off-campus approx.
EUR 380 x 6 months = EUR 4,560
Meals EUR 350 x 6 months =
EUR 2,100
EUR 350 x 12 months =
EUR 4,200
Books approx. EUR 30 approx. EUR 60
Health insurance (for further information, see…) EUR 400 EUR 800
= TOTAL approx. EUR 4,543–5,073 approx. EUR 9,086–10,246

Please note that these costs are just a rough estimation and can vary greatly depending on your way of life, your accommodation, etc.

Money Matters for the First Few Weeks in Darmstadt

In the first few weeks you will need cash to pay for a number of things, such as transportation (AirLiner shuttle bus or taxi, hotel), your housing security deposit, health insurance, student fees, rent, etc.

Shuttle bus Approx. EUR 10 (cash)
Taxi (train station – hotel) Approx. EUR 15 (cash)
Hotel (1 night) Approx. EUR 55 (card)
Food for first few days Approx. EUR 100 (cash)
Safety deposit for room Approx. EUR 250 (cash)
Rent for September/March
(highly dependent on the type of accommodation)
Approx. EUR 380–450 (cash / bank transfer)
Health insurance per term Approx. EUR 400 (bank transfer)
Bus ticket September/March Approx. EUR 30 (cash)
Bedding package (student housing) Approx. EUR 50 (cash)
TU Darmstadt Experience Days Approx. EUR 60 (cash)
= TOTAL Approx. EUR 1300