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How much does university cost?

For most students, the question of money is a continuous companion during their entire degree course. The most important question for most prospective students is: how much money will I need to pay my way through university?

Deutsches Studierendenwerk (German National Association for Student Affairs) routinely compiles surveys on the average costs of living for students in Germany. The 21st social survey in 2016 showed that students who don’t live with their parents spend 819 euros per month on average.

Infografik monatliche Ausgaben bundesweit Detail
Infografik monatliche Ausgaben von Studierenden bundesweit im Detail
Infografik Ausgaben Studium RUB
Diese Infografik zeigt die durchschnittlichen monatlichen Ausgaben von Studierenden der RUB.
Infografik Ausgaben Studium bundesweit / RUB
Infografik über die Ausgaben für ein Studium bundesweit und an der RUb im Vergleich.
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The costs of living can naturally vary a lot. Bochum is slightly below average because of the comparatively affordable rents – for example in low-cost student halls.

Rent and costs of living

While you’re pursuing your degree, you will have to pay for accommodation, food, learning material, and your recreational activities. The amount you will have to pay will vary a lot – depending on your living standard, location of your university, and degree course.

Payable each semester: social insurance contribution

Even though NRW has abolished tutorial fees, studying at university is not completely free of charge. All students enrolled in a degree course must pay the social insurance contribution every semester. It is a mandatory fee that is determined before the start of each semester and that is payable during rematriculation.

The social insurance contribution includes fees for the academic services office (Akademisches Förderungswerk) and the RUB student union as well as for the semester ticket and NRW-Ticket and the theatre flatrate for Schauspielhaus.

Visiting students don’t pay a social insurance contribution, just a fee amounting to 100 euros per semester.

Funding for international students

International students should get detailed information on specific funding options available to them, the existing terms and regulations for applying and renewing student resident permits as well as part-time jobs.

Funding advice

The RUB funding advisory services provide answers to questions on money matters. The website lists basic information on funding options and social and legal regulations for students.

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