Germany most expensive cities

Germany is not the most expensive country – consecutively studying in Germany is more affordable and convenient. Besides, it overflows culturally, historically, of beautiful nature, extracurricular activities, top universities and lecturers providing exceptionally useful skills and knowledge.

The list has been extracted from the data from numbeo.com and the ranking is based on renting and utilities’ prices as the major factors to determine expenses! Referring to the determining factor: the simple reason why rent is the basis is that there are many discounts for students as far as tickets for entertainment and recreational events, clothing, food (Mensas), health insurance and others.

As far as public transportation, a monthly ticket payment is included in university’s semester payment which is symbolic, either way!

*Note: The outrageous deal breaker of renting on your own is the acquired deposition in case of damages done; its value depends on the city you are staying in.

Five most expensive cities in Germany

  1. Munich
  2. Hamburg
  3. Frankfurt am Main
  4. Düsseldorf
  5. Bonn

1. Munich

Munich is the 3rd largest city in Germany, and also one of the most expensive cities to live in. It is of great contrast, both a city-like and a provincial feel are incorporated, making it very interesting for students! Apart from its superb universities, another great attraction is the Oktoberfest, gathering millions of visitors from around the world to get enjoy German beer and celebrations!

2. Frankfurt am Main

Frankfurt am Main is the 5th largest state in Germany. It is the most metropolis-like city in Germany and a center for business fairs as the German financial capital and one of the world’s most important financial centers! Frankfurt’s world-known universities attract a great number of students from all parts of the world!

3. Hamburg

Hamburg is the largest German city in size and being surrounded by water, makes for a perfect study place. It is not the cheapest city in Germany, but nevertheless, very attractive, specifically its recognized and awarded universities!

4. Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf is known as the ‘fashion capital’ because of its exuberant fashion industry and art scene! Art is very important and highly appreciated throughout the city. Düsseldorf has also become the location for advertising agencies and the second banking center, right after Frankfurt.

5. Bonn

Former capital of Germany, Bonn strides in becoming a center for information-technology and medical research. Known as the birthplace of the prodigy – Beethoven – his house, turned into a museum is a very attractive spot to visit!

Five most expensive cities in Germany

Non-foodstuff:

Price rangesMunichHamburgFrankfurt
am Main
DüsseldorfBonn
1-bedroom apartment rent
(in city center)
948 €771 €778 €726 €751 €
1-bedroom apartment rent
(outside city center)
755 €537 €510 €518 €491 €
3-bedroom apartment rent
(in city center)
1,866 €1,677 €1,601 €1,522 €1,366 €
3-bedroom apartment rent
(outside city center)
1,412 €1,115 €1,168 €1,133 €933 €
Utilities (electricity, water, garbage, heat)250 €225 €233 €197 €242 €
Internet (10 Mbps)22.80 €22.70 €23.53 €23.25 €23.33 €
Telephone (1-minute pre-paid)0.10 €0.11 €0.09 €0.16 €0.09 €
Public transportation monthly pass62.20 €80.00 €85.00 €71.00 €82.00 €
Public transportation one-way ticket2.70 €3.10 €2.75 €2.60 €2.80 €
Taxi Tariff 1 km1.80 €2.00 €1.75 €1.80 €1.60 €
Gasoline 1 liter1.38 €1.35 €1.34 €1.41 €1.40 €
Fitness monthly fee38.16 €41.60 €42.55 €37.49 €30.00 €
Cinema and other artistic events' tickets10.00 €10.50 €10.00 €11.00 €12.99 €
Tennis Court rent (1-hour)17.11 €21.50 €20.00 €16.67 €?
Clothes in chain stores, like: Zara, H&M, etc.35.98 €36.00 €37.27 €39.33 €40.00 €
Business leather shoes116.59 €98.93 €100.62 €103.00 €145.00 €
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)5.45 €5.50 €5.50 €5.00 €5.50 €

Restaurants/Pubs/Bars/Cafés

Price rangesMunichHamburgFrankfurt
am Main
DüsseldorfBonn
Meal at inexpensive restaurants10.00 €€9.00 €€10.00 €€10.00 €€12.00 €€
3-course meal for two at mid-range restaurants50.00 €€50.00 €€50.00 €€40.00 €€42.00 €€
0.5 liter domestic draught beer at pubs/bars3.50 €€3.50 €€3.50 €€3.50 €€1.50 €€
0.33 liter imported bottled beer at pubs/bars3.50 €€3.00 €€3.00 €€3.00 €€3.25 €€
Coke bottle (0.33 l) at pubs/bars2.60 €€2.13 €€2.40 €€1.74 €€1.25 €€
Regular coffee at a café2.72 €€2.71 €€2.84 €€2.42 €€2.63 €€
Bottle of 0.33 l Water at pubs/bars2.15 €€1.78 €€1.93 €€1.65 €€1.25 €€

Grocery shopping:

Price rangesMunichHamburgFrankfurt
am Main
DüsseldorfBonn
Milk (1 liter)0.76 €0.66 €0.83 €0.75 €0.65 €
Fresh white bread (500 g)1.25 €1.92 €1.72 €1.60 €2.25 €
White Rice 1 kg1.51 €1.62 €1.62 €1.43 €1.02 €
Eggs (12)1.93 €2.33 €2.00 €1.82 €1.16 €
Local Cheese 1 kg7.85 €9.46 €10.88 €6.60 €5.00 €
Chicken Breast (1 kg boneless)7.33 €7.25 €7.27 €5.98 €6.70 €
Beef 1 kg15.00 €13.60 €13.40 €16.66 €13.30 €
Apple 1 kg2.05 €2.08 €2.31 €2.36 €1.63 €
Banana 1 kg1.66 €1.72 €1.88 €1.77 €1.65 €
Orange 1 kg2.37 €2.38 €2.47 €2.45 €1.49 €
Tomato 1 kg2.59 €2.54 €2.11 €2.35 €1.50 €
Potato 1 kg1.44 €1.14 €1.28 €1.36 €0.30 €
Onion 1 kg1.38 €1.86 €1.57 €1.15 €1.10 €
Lettuce 1 head1.10 €1.05 €1.02 €0.97 €0.79 €
Water (bottle of 1.5 liters)0.33 €0.54 €0.63 €0.58 €0.23 €
Bottle of Wine (mid-range)7.00 €6.00 €5.00 €5.00 €6.00 €
Domestic Beer (bottle of 0.5 liter)0.91 €0.94 €1.09 €0.81 €0.70 €
Imported Beer (bottle of 0.33 liter)1.08 €1.03 €1.34 €1.09 €1.01 €

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