We cannot quote a fixed amount of money required for daily life as a student in Bielefeld as this depends on your living standards, your accommodation, your private expenses and the courses you take. However, statistics based on the experience of international students in the past years may give you an outline of expected monthly living costs.
The costs mentioned below are estimated and cannot be taken as binding. The accommodation costs refer to the price for a room in a dormitory/students’ residence in Bielefeld.
Monthy living costs:
- Accomodation costs (incl. heating and electricity): €200–400
- Groceries: €200
- Health insurance (statutory) : €70–80
- Public transport (included in the semester contribution)
- Books, course materials: €30–50
- Semester contribution : €40–50 (€280.00 per semester)
- Broadcasting fees (TV, radio, computer): €17.50
- Miscellaneous: €70–80
- A meal in the canteen on campus (Mensa/Cafeteria): €2–4
- 1 L milk: €0.75
- 1 kg rice: €1.40
- 1 kg apple: €2
- 0.5 L beer (in a pub/restaurant): €3
- 1 kg bread: €3
- A jar of Nutella (450 g): €2.30
- A cinema ticket (student discount): €6–10
- A theatre ticket (student discount): €7–25
- A second-hand bicycle: €30–200
- A pair of shoes: €30–100
- A t-shirt: €10–50
If you need to earn money during your stay, please keep in mind that the vacations will be the only time in the year when you have sufficient time to do so. Before taking up a job, please make sure that you comply with all the legal requirements.