As a young student, do you wish to experiment the German student way of living? This article summarizes the basic important details you must be aware of before starting a new intense student life in Germany.
A dynamic urban and cultural background
German leisure activities will meet your expectations whether you are a fond of beautiful nature landscapes or keen on enjoying big city's life. German big cities such as Berlin, which has become the third most visited destination in Europe, or Munich are full of interesting places in which you can easily spend your leisure time. In the day or night, you will enjoy leisure activities such as visiting historical and cultural sites like the numerous German castles and cathedrals among which several are classified as UNESCO World Heritages (such as the Catholic Cologne Cathedral and the Aachen Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in northern Europe).
Thanks to the several nature parks (Black forest national Park in Baden-Wüttemberg, Barnim nature Park in Berlin and others), sea and river places, you can stroll while having a breath of fresh air outside and enjoy huge green spaces.
If you like intense sensations, you will enjoy spending your leisure time in big theme parks such as Europapark in Rust, the world most visited seasonal amusement park, Legoland Deutschland in Günzburg and many others.
Once your school day or working day will be over, you will still have time to go shopping in the German big malls until 8 p.m. during the week, not mentioning the city center's shops that are opened until 6 p.m. If the end of the day is marked by the end of shopping time, Germany's nightlife goes on thanks to the several bars, restaurants and discotheques in the big cities.
If you want to spend your free time with friends, some German universities such as the Berlin University provides more than 800 out of school activities which could also be organized by students associations.
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You can also meet foreign students of your age in Germany thanks to the ERASMUS Programme.
To make new friends and learn more about student life in Germany, do not hesitate to participate in conversations on our Forum.
Some regional organizations provides student bursaries and university halls of residence. Do not hesitate to contact student associations (ASta) or foreign students welcome offices which will help you to find appropriate accommodation.
Prices for university dorm rooms are usually up from 180 to 190 euros on a monthly basis. If you would like to live alone in a flat, monthly prices can reach between 300 and 320 euros.
Youth hostels are places where you can find another type of accommodation.
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The sooner you will be looking for student accommodation, the sooner you will be sure to find the appropriate housing.
Share apartments and flats
In Germany, shared accomodation is usual and very accessible for students. Student rooms's surfaces often size from 8m² to 20m². For a shared apartment, you must pay from about 200 to 250 euros per month. For shared flats, prices can go up to about 500 euros.
Several real estate agencies provide shared housings which prices vary depending on the apartment's/flat's surface and the area in which it is located.
Student health care
To benefit from health care if you come from an EU member country, you shall obtain the European Health Insurance Card.
You must have subscribed to a private health insurance before moving to Germany. You are also advised to subscribe to complementary health insurance in case of accidents as some situations are not covered by the basic health insurance.
In Germany, the biggest railway network is the Deutsche Bahn.
Berlinien buses serve hundreds of German cities. Thanks to promotional offers, you can buy tickets at a cost of 35 euros, available almost everywhere in the country during a whole day in the week-end. During the week, Länder-Tikets are available from 18 to 33 euros (more expensive during the week-end) and allow you to discover the country thanks to regional trains during an entire day.
You are also advised to get informed about tramways timetables and tickets prices.
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Biking is common in Germany, many cycle tracks line German roads.
Expat.com - Housing in Germany
Young Germany - Student life www.young-germany.de/
Deutsches Studentenwerk DSW- German National Association for Student Affairs www.studentenwerke.de/en
Deutshcer Mieterbund - Housing in Germany www.mieterbund.de
WG.GESUCHT.de - Flat and apartment shares www.wg-gesucht.de
WG cast - Flat and apartment shares www.wg-cast.de
BMG Bundesministerium für Gesundheit - Federal Ministry of Health www.bmg.bund.de
Deutsch Bahn - Railway network in Germany http://www.bahn.com/p_en/view/index.shtml