The costs of living and studying
The standard of living is high in Germany. Currently students should calculate at least 800 euro per month. Since the rent in big cities are increasing, especially accommodation is rather expensive (at present single rooms are around 300 – 550 euro depending on location, size and quality).
Costs of study material
Students should also calculate some money to pay for books and other study material. Depending on the study program, costs can be around 230 – 370 euro per semester. On top of this, it is impossible to study in any program without a computer or laptop. Some departments and faculties as well as the university library provide the use of communal computer facilities. However, a personal computer would be of advantage.
Students should inquire about special student rates and other discounts from more than one travel agency before they book their ticket to come to Germany.
Social charges (“Sozialgebühren”)
The social charges include the financial support of the "Studierendenwerk Bremen", the "AStA" and the Semesterticket. Every university has its own “Studierendenwerk Bremen” (Student Welfare Services), which finances facilities like the Mensa (refectory), cafeterias, student residences, sport facilities and so on. The AStA is the Student Union of the University of Bremen and supports the rights of all students.
In addition to the social charges, there is also an extra charge for the semesterticket. The Semesterticket allows students to use the different means of public transport in and around Bremen free of charge for a period of six months.
All students contribute by paying social charges via the semester contribution ("Semesterbeitrag") and are entitled to make use of all the facilities provided.