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Financial Matters

Fees and living costs

At the University of Münster, you do not have to pay tuition fees. In Germany, public universities are funded mainly by the German Government through general taxation. For you, this means that you can get an excellent education almost for free: At all public German universities, students have to pay a so-called “social contribution fee” each semester for various student services. The fee amounts to approx. €300 at the University of Münster and is raised to finance various student-related services, such as the student canteens, student halls of residence, the University Sports and the University radio station. The official representative organ of the student body, ASTA, receives a portion of the semester fee to finance projects and activities for the student body. Part of the semester fee also covers the cost of the "semester ticket". With this ticket, enrolled students may use all modes of local public transportation within the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia as well as to Osnabrück and the Dutch city Enschede (2nd class) free of charge for the respective semester.

You can find more information on the semester fee here.

Cost of living
In Münster, the cost of living for students is approx. €800 per month. The cost of living in Germany is rather low compared to many other European countries: the prices for food, accommodation, clothing, cultural events, etc., are generally in line with the EU average. For most students in Germany, the main expense is the monthly rent: In Münster, please calculate € 300-500 per month for your accommodation.

You can find more information on living costs in Münster here.


There are full-grant scholarships available. Detailed information about these may be found at

Student jobs in Münster

There are many job opportunities for students in Münster (in the department, the central administration, and at various institutions in Münster.). A lot of students work in part-time jobs while pursuing their studies – but please note that is it extremely difficult to finance your studies by only working! Make sure to have sufficient means to cover most of your costs.