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Benefits Of Being A Student

20/04/2012 - 11:10-15 Comments by | ireland flag

One of the benefits of studying in Germany is that, as a student, you can get some great discounts on various things. Businesses, tourist attractions and transport all offer reduced rates to students with valid student ID.

Painted Hallway

Students get discounts at almost all museums such as Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn (above pic).

Tourist attractions are usually the first places you go visit in a new city. It could be a famous landmark, a museum or an art gallery. Luckily, in Germany there are special prices for students. At times it is as much as half the price of a normal ticket, which helps save a lot of money. The student prices are usually advertised as concession or reduced price (Ermäßigung), so don’t be worried if you don’t see the word student on the price menu. Of course you can always just ask a member of staff if there is a student discount or Studentenrabatt available.

Students can use local transport for free with a Semsterticket. Copyright Dörthe Hagenguth / DAAD

Another great perk to being a student is a travel discount. Most universities will include a semester ticket as part of the registration fees. This ticket allows you to travel anywhere, within the city where the Uni is located, for free. This includes bus, train and or underground (U-Bahn). If for some reason your semester ticket is not included in your registration fee, you can buy monthly tickets from the local transport office.  More information can be found here.

Botanische Garten

The Botanishe Garten in Bonn is free during the week and only €1 to students on Sunday.

Other places that tend to favour students with discounts include cinemas, coffee shops, restaurants, bars & nightclubs, and a whole lot more. A good website to help find some discounts in your city is studentenrabatte.de. Just select your city and a list of offers and discounts for your city will be shown. Another site that I used is ISIC.org. Here it will give you some results for your city under the Discounts tab.  This site offers an international student card that you can buy but you do not have to have it to get student discounts. Just use the site as a way of finding offers in your area.

Don’t be afraid to ask if there is a student discount available. You might get lucky and save yourself some money.

On a side note I have noticed that I include links to German sites that offer no English version. If the German is too difficult for me to understand, I use Google Chrome. Chrome has a built in translator that detects websites that aren’t in my default language and offers to translate them. It translate the whole page and replaces the German text with English, leaving the website appearance the same. This is much easier and quicker than copying and pasting text into a translation website. I would recommend it if you’re stuck.

Bundeskunsthalle,Bonn.

Tags: English Blog Post, Everyday Life, Leisure Time, Transportation

Comments

15 Comments

    Thanks, for this information. 🙂 It will help me.

    Comment by Pranay created 24/04/2012 - 17:44

    hi, thanks for this article, i was wondering are there scholarships where one can get if doesn’t speak Germany language?
    am interested to study in German, but right now my Germany is 0.1% is there any considerations for such students like me

    Comment by Abeid created 23/05/2012 - 15:45

    Here is another website with student discounts: http://www.studenten-spartipps.de/

    Comment by Steffi created 12/07/2012 - 10:07

    Thank you sharing this informative blog on places students can save money. Education is gradually becoming expensive. Students are having a hard managing their finances. This blog will really help cash strapped students save a lot of their pocket money.

    Comment by Eva Roster created 26/04/2017 - 10:45

    Hello .i am arvinder.i want to do study in Germany
    Tell me cost of doing german language course

    Comment by Arvinder created 23/06/2017 - 11:53

      Hi,
      Check out this database of German courses and providers http://www.fadaf.de/de/daf_angebote/sprachkursangebote/
      You can also find German language courses offered at German universities on the DAAD Language and Short Courses database https://www.daad.de/deutschland/studienangebote/sommerkurse/en/?p=l&q=&fos=0&fee%5B%5D=0&sortBy=1&page=1&display=list
      Best wishes,
      your Study in Germany Team

      Comment by Redaktion created 27/06/2017 - 14:54

      Hi..

      I am an Electronic & Computer Science Graduate and planning for MS in Applied Science or Data Science.

      Can anyone suggest, which is the best one to take, else any other IT related program.

      Comment by Sid created 07/01/2018 - 10:27

        Hi,
        as all German universities offer very good education, it’s hard to say which university is the best. Please check the following university ranking if you want to get more information: https://www.daad.de/deutschland/studienangebote/ranking/en/.
        You can find all of the degree programmes at German universities in our database https://www.study-in.de/en/plan-your-studies/find-programme-and-university/.
        Best wishes,
        your Study in Germany Team

        Comment by Redaktion created 15/01/2018 - 10:22

    Hi! I’m in Berlin studying German with a language course visa, can I get a student card? And how?

    Comment by Nicolás created 19/10/2017 - 15:25

      Hi,
      we suggest to ask the International Office of the university you are studying at. They may have further information for you.
      Best wishes,
      your Study in Germany team

      Comment by Redaktion created 06/11/2017 - 08:32

    I study at Lund University in Sweden. Will my Lund Student Card be accepted proof in Germany or do I need an ISIC card?

    Comment by Nohre created 17/03/2018 - 20:18

      Hi,
      each German university is responsible for determining its own admission policies. That’s why you should ask the International Office at the German university of your choice whether you fulfill all the requirements for admission and how much of your previous academic work will be recognised. You will find a list of universities and courses in our database https://www.study-in.de/en/plan-your-studies/find-programme-and-university/
      Best wishes,
      your Study in Germany Team

      Comment by Redaktion created 09/04/2018 - 07:04

    Hi. I want to do masters in psychology at Germany but have no ideas about the scholarship or living over there

    Comment by Almas created 30/11/2018 - 23:38

      Hi,
      you can find scholarships for graduate students in the DAAD scholarship database https://www.daad.de/deutschland/stipendium/datenbank/en/21148-scholarship-database/.
      The application requirements are listed in the respective description.
      For more information, see the section on money and costs https://www.study-in.de/en/plan-your-stay/money-and-costs/
      Best wishes,
      your Study in Germany Team

      Comment by Redaktion created 04/12/2018 - 14:54

    When it comes to excellent higher education at minimal or no cost, Germany tops the list. The public universities in Germany do not charge any tuition fee at all, however nominal university administration fee of €150-250 (that’s ₹11,500-19,000 approx.) is charged, which doesn’t pinch as that’s exactly what we pay as annual fee in a DU college. 
    Study in Germany

    Comment by Hemanth created 12/12/2018 - 11:55

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