Costs of living & studying

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Next to Munich, Hamburg or Cologne, Frankfurt am Main is one of the most expensive cities in Germany. Whether it’s a cappuccino, the rent or entry to a museum – prices in the banking metropolis are often considerably higher than in other regions. This fact is reflected in the cost of living.

These are the kind of expenses you can expect per month on average:


around 400 €


182 €


53 €

Semester fees (further information see below)

369,89 €  (approx. 62 € per month) 


33 €


80 €

Study resources

39 €


72 €



Grand total

948 €

You should ensure that you always have some more money at your disposal than you actually need so you are prepared for unplanned expenses!

Semester fees at Goethe University

The semester fees at Goethe University (summer semester 2020) cover the following contributions:

RMV-Semesterticket 216,30 EUR
Nordhessischer VerkehrsVerbund (NVV) 5,72 EUR
Expansion (VGWS) 0,72 EUR
Palmengarten 1,10 EUR
Kultur- und Sozialticket (culture and social ticket) 1,55 EUR
Campus-Bike 1,50 EUR
AStA-Härtefonds (hartship fund)

0,60 EUR

Beitrag Studierendenschaft 10,90 EUR
Beitrag zum Studentenwerk 81,50 EUR

Verwaltungskostenbeitrag (administration fee)

50,00 EUR


Grand total

369,89 EUR