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Plan your stay

There are several things you must do to prepare for life in Germany. Here's what you have to take care of!

  • Euro bills, link to text Cost of living | © Public Domain Pictures/pixabay

    Cost of living

    Compared to other European countries, the cost of living in Germany is quite reasonable. The prices for food, accommodation, clothing, cultural events, etc. are basically in line with the EU average. You will need around 670 euros a month to cover your living expenses. The largest expense is your monthly rent.

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  • Student in his dormitory room, link to Accommodation finder | © Hagenguth/DAAD

    Find a Student Residence Hall

    The Accommodation Finder is a very helpful tool for finding information about various student residences in your university town. With just a few clicks, you can even submit an application to the Studentenwerk for a room in a residence hall.

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  • Student at the counter, link to text Registration and residence permit | © DAAD

    Registration and residence permit

    As soon as you have found accommodation, you should register with the local Resident Registration Office. This is where you receive your “confirmation of registration” (Meldebestätigung). With this in hand, you can then apply for your residence permit.

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  • Info Table Giessen, link to site At the Beginning of the Semester | © DAAD

    At the Beginning of the Semester

    Just arrived in Germany it sometimes isn't easy. Many universities offer programmes which help you organise your studies and make friends.

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  • Group meeting, Link to site Career after your studies  | © Ziegert/DAAD

    Career after your studies

    If you wish to work in Germany after you've finished studying, you should start making plans while you're still a student.

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