University of Erfurt

The Erfurt edge

Costs of Living

Living costs are currently estimated by the authorities to be about € 735 per month. You have to be able to prove to the relevant authorities that this amount of money per month is available for your stay in Germany. Please take the following costs into consideration:

  • Rent for a room in a student residence hall or for private accommodation (from € 170 to € 300)
  • Deposit for a room in a residence hall (€  300), which is returned after the lease has expired
  • Semester contribution (approx. € 230 per semester) incl. the semester ticket, which enables you to travel free of charge on all local public transport in and around Erfurt Health insurance contributions (approximately €  90 per month for students under 30 years of age)
  • Costs for books and learning materials
  • Living costs / meals

Therefore, please keep in mind that you will need a certain amount of money at the beginning of your stay (room deposit, semester contribution, health insurance, phone card, shopping). Before you leave for Erfurt, inform your bank that you will spend one or two semesters abroad, and find out if there is a daily or weekly limit for withdrawals. Please bring enough cash and/or traveller cheques.

Supermarkets are generally open between 8.00 and 20.00 from Monday to Saturday. There are outlets of large supermarket chains at the terminus of tram number 6 (in the direction of “Rieth”) and at the Thüringenpark tram stop of the number 3 tram (in the direction of  “Europaplatz”). You can also buy good quality fresh fruit and vegetables at very reasonable prices at the local market in the Domplatz from very early on in the morning to approximately 13.30. In Germany all the shops are closed on Sundays. Petrol station shops are the only places that remain open during the night and on Sundays.

You must plan your budget with the following supermarket prices in mind:

  • Bread (1 kg) € 2.00 to 3.50
  • 1 Bread roll € 0.20 to 0.45
  • Butter (250 g) € 1.50
  • Milk (1 l) € 0.80
  • Yoghurt (100 g) € 0.30 to 0.50
  • Sausages (100 g) € 1.00
  • Coffee (500 g) € 5.00
  • Potatoes (2.5 kg) € 1.50
  • Pasta (500 g) € 0.50 to 1.50

It is hard to find part-time jobs in Erfurt. However, with good language skills, particularly in German and English, and a little bit of luck, you could find a temporary job such as typing, auxiliary work for companies or part-time jobs in call-centres, factories or bars. The University’s Studierendenwerk has set up a Student Job Agency in conjunction with the Erfurt Job Centre. In addition, the university itself needs students for temporary work. Information for non-EU-students:  If you stay in Erfurt for at least two semesters you are allowed by law to work for up to 120 days per year. That means that you are allowed to take on your paid work basically only during the semester break. The authorisation is provided directly by the Foreigners’ Registration Authority so  that you do not need a work permit from the job centre. If you study on a scholarship and want to earn extra money during your stay in Erfurt, you will need permission from the body providing you with the scholarship.



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