Costs of studying

How much will I need?

Fixed costs each semester

FAU does not charge tuition fees (exceptions: fees apply for degree programmes for professional development and degree programmes for working professionals, as well as for guest students). However, all students are required to pay a semester fee every semester; this is made up of a contribution to Student Services and a general contribution towards the cost of the semester ticket.

General costs

It is difficult to provide an answer to the question of what other costs can arise in connection with studying at university. The life circumstances and needs of each individual are too varied. But general guidelines on the average [monthly] outgoings that can be expected are provided by the results of the 21st social survey undertaken by Deutschen Studentenwerk in 2016:

According to this study, students in former West Germany who no longer live with their parents have an average amount of 930 euros per month at their disposal. Monthly expenditures for personal lifestyle, however, vary a lot. The study shows that approximately 25% of the students asked have less than 700 euros while 7% have more than 1300 euros per month. For former West Germany, the study revealed the following details on average expenditure:

Rent, including ancillary costs (in Erlangen, Nuremberg and surrounding areas)* 325/332 euros*
Food 168 euros
Clothing  42 euros
Travel costs (public transport and/or car)  94 euros
Study materials (depending on subject)  20 euros
Health insurance, doctors, medicine  80 euros
Telecommunications  31 euros
Leisure, culture, sports  61 euros

*The above amounts are average prices and serve only as a guide. Costs on the private housing market are often higher, depending on the size and location of the accommodation.

Where does the money come from?

86% of all students are supported by their parents. Students’ own income comes in second (61%) and BAföG third (25%).