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The Costs of Living


Important: The costs of living in Cologne (approx. 1.100 Euro per month) are very high.

The composition of the costs of living in Cologne (winter semester 2022/2023):

rent (including additional costs and electricity) € 580,00
food € 180,00
clothing € 40,00
learning aid € 40,00
semester contribution * € 309,15 (€ 51,53) *
health insurance € 120,00
communication (tel., internet) € 23,00
recreation/culture/sports € 75,00

* At the beginning of each semester, you will have to pay a student social fee. This fee can vary, but currently it is set at 309,15 € (WS 2022/2023) (At the beginning of each semester the whole amount has to be paid, but calculated on monthly basis it costs 51,53€). You can find the current semester fee here.

Unlike a regular student fee, your contribution goes to support the social establishments on the university, such as the student cafeterias and student dorms.

Your contribution also helps to finance the university's vast sports program and pays for a semester pass (Semesterticket), which allows you to use the public transportation system in Cologne and its surroundings (within the state of North Rhine-Westphalia) for free during the semester.

No tuition fee is charged.