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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!

  • International students talking on a balcony, link to page Cost of Living  | © DAAD/Jan Zappner

    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 850 euros a month to cover your living expenses. The largest expense is your monthly rent.

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  • Student sits cross-legged on a green sofa in a student residence hall and reads a book, link to page Find Student Hal | © DAAD/Jan Zappner

    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 with documents registering at a public office, link to page Registration and Residence Permit | © DAAD/Jan Zappner

    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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  • International students looking at a map in front of Berlin’s Reichstag building, link to page At the Beginning of the Semester  | © DAAD/Jan Zappner

    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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  • Student in suit looking at smartphone, link to page Career after your Studies | © DAAD/Jan Zappner

    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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