Student Finance and Jobs
Unfortunately, it is not cheap - housing rent, books, semester contributions and leisure-time activities. Here you will learn everything worth knowing on the topic of money and studying, especially about tuition, other costs, and student finance.
What does it cost to be a student?
Studying costs money. According to the survey of the German Student Services Bureau, the average cost of living over the course of studies is around 800 euro per month. By far the largest part is spent on living expenses, i.e. housing, meals and whatever else you need in everyday life. This also includes the semester fee that is customary at all universities and must be paid before each semester. It includes the semester ticket and contributions to the Student Services Bureau, the student governance (AStA and Stugas), and the administrative costs you have to pay at the University of Bremen.
For students who study 15 semesters or more, the Bremen Study Accounts Act stipulates a fee of 500 euro per semester in addition to the semester fee. Students from the age of 55 are generally subject to a fee. Under certain circumstances, exceptions can be made that lead to an increase in so-called “student credits” (fee-free semesters), i.e. leave, BAföG payments, voluntary semester abroad, the care or upbringing of a child etc. Tuition fees may be deferred, reduced or waived in case of unreasonable hardship.
Many students work alongside their studies in order to earn some extra pocket money or because the money they get from their parents and / or the BAföG are not enough to support them. In addition to an additional income, you can already gain professional experience during your studies, as long as the job has something to do with your field of study. Whether you work in a pub or in a museum – it is important to make sure that you do not neglect your studies and that you also take into account the taxes you might have to pay. The brochure “Jobben” published by the German Student Union offers a useful overview.
Students from the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland have free access to the German labor market and are practically equal to German students. However, if they work more than 20 hours per week, they (as well as German students) have to pay certain insurances. Special legal rules apply for students from other countries. Here you will find information about the legal framework for the employment of foreign students and graduates and other ways to finance the studies of international students.