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Cost of living 2018 in Germany

Hello everyone,

As per our annual tradition, we invite you to share your experiences and tell us more about the average prices of products and services in your town/city/area, so that we have updated information regarding cost of living and inflation in Germany.

Thanks to your contribution, future expats in Germany will be more informed and will be able to refine their budget and better prepare for their big move.

How much does it cost to rent an apartment or a house in Germany?

How much does it cost to buy an apartment or a house in Germany?

How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)?

How much do you pay for basic food items such as rice, bread, and pasta?

What is your monthly budget for groceries?

How much does it cost to see a doctor/dentist/physician/specialist in Germany?

How much do you pay for health insurance per month?

How much does childcare cost on average per month?

What is your child's schooling budget per month?

How much does it cost to fill up your car’s fuel tank?

How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc., per month?

How much do you pay for your internet and phone subscription?

How much do you pay for your lunch pack on weekdays?

How much do you pay for an espresso coffee?

How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?

How much does a gym membership cost in Germany?

Thank you for sharing your experience.

Priscilla

You can find all the price information above and more at www.numbeo.com
Altogether, prices are fairly stable in Germany with only 1.8% inflation in 2017.
That said, there are of course niches where costs appreciate much faster. One of them are rents for residential property in some popular Western and Southern German cities.
The officially determined and yearly updated survival minimum (poverty line) for Germany was €8.820/year per person in 2017. This is also what you need to show to get a visa in many cases. You really should not come to Germany if you have less!

I work as a Software Engineer in Berlin and I am living here since June 2017 so here's my answer.

How much does it cost to rent an apartment or a house in Germany?
-> I live in Berlin, Germany. I pay 795 for fully furnished, 49 square foot Apartment in Kreuzberg, Berlin.

How much does it cost to buy an apartment or a house in Germany?
-> Depends on where you would like to buy. Since I haven't bought any apartments I can't give a precise answer.

How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)?
-> I pay 63.23 euros per month for a monthly ticket for which I have a contract with BVG(the public transportation company).

How much do you pay for basic food items such as rice, bread, and pasta?
-> I live with my wife and my total expenses for food is around 200 to 300 euros per month.

What is your monthly budget for groceries?
-> Maximum 300 for 2 people.

How much does it cost to see a doctor/dentist/physician/specialist in Germany?
-> I have a TK insurance I don't know :( everything related to my health is covered by the insurance and I don't have to pay anything.

How much do you pay for health insurance per month?
-> I don't exactly know but you can find out from here. https://www.tk.de/tk/faq/c-english/cont … unt/163992

How much does childcare cost on average per month?
-> I don't have a child yet so I don't know.

What is your child's schooling budget per month?
-> I don't have a child yet so I don't know.

How much does it cost to fill up your car’s fuel tank?
-> I don't have a car yet so I don't know.

How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc., per month?
-> Everything is included in the apartment price. I don't pay anything.

How much do you pay for your internet and phone subscription?
-> 19 euro for 200 mbit download / 20 mbit upload from vodafone.

How much do you pay for your lunch pack on weekdays?
-> Around 5-10 euros but usually I eat home cooked food.

How much do you pay for an espresso coffee?
-> Coffee is free in our office so I don't know but I once paid around 1.50 euro for an espresso.

How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?
-> 10-15 euros for English movies.

How much does a gym membership cost in Germany?
-> Gym is also free in our office I don't know :(

I hope it answers your queries.

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