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, (German) as well as for guest students). However, each semester students must pay semester fees consisting of Student Services fees (German) and a fee for the basic semester ticket.

General costs

The question as to the costs of studying can only be answered very generally as the needs and living conditions of every student are different. However, estimates for certain expenditures can be gathered from a long-term study on social factors carried out by the German National Association for Student Affairs in 2012:

According to this study, students in former West Germany who no longer live with their parents have an average amount of more than 864 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 675 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 bills (in the Erlangen-Nuremberg area) EUR 298 (250 – 600 Euro)
Food EUR 165
Clothing  EUR 52
Transport (public transport and/or car)  EUR 82
Learning material (depending on the subject)  EUR 30
Health insurance, doctor, medicines  EUR 66
Telecommunications  EUR 33
Leisure activities, culture, sports  EUR 68

Where does the money come from?

87% of all students are supported by their parents. Students’ own income comes in second (63%) and BAföG third (32%).