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8 Money Saving Tips for International Students in Germany

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To finance your studies and live a good life in Germany, it is not only important to earn some money, for example, by having a student job, but also to save it. There are many ways for international students to manage their budget in Germany. Here, we will give you eight advices, which are worth remembering for you to save loads of cash.

 

 

      1)     Ask for student discounts!

As an international student in Germany with your university card, you may get student discounts at cinemas, clubs, stores, restaurants, online shops and many other places. As many shops don’t advertise that they give student discounts, you should ALWAYS ask for it – you will be surprised at how much cash this can save you! In addition, you should think about applying for the ISIC card (International Student Identity Card) which gives you benefits and discounts in more than 130 countries when travelling the world.

 

      2)     Use buses, benefit from student prices for trains, cheap flight tickets and car sharing!    

The cheapest way to travel between different cities in Germany normally is by bus. Flixbus is the biggest bus company in Germany. During weekends and holidays prices may rise, so you should book your ticket earlier. If you prefer taking the train you should apply for the Bahncard 50 which guarantees you 50 percent discount on normal prices. As a student, you will get the Bahncard 50 for only 127euros per year. For longer distances you can also get surprisingly cheap flight tickets at easyjet. Another cheap alternative is BlaBlaCar which connects people who need to travel with drivers who have empty seats.

 

      3)     Use discount websites!

As a student who often has flexible schedule and at the same time needs to care about his/her money, you should have a look at Urlaubspiraten.de. There, you can often book flights and hotels at ridiculously low prices. Another website which you should try out is mydealz. It informs you about the best shopping deals on a broad range of products.

 

      4)     Connect with your friends, make Couchsurfing and use Airbnb!

If you need to travel to another city, ask your friends if they know somebody whose place you can stay. Often times people have a sofa free in the living room where you can stay for a night or two, and you will get valuable advice from locals on exploring the city. Connecting with your friends therefore is a good way to save money. If you don’t know anybody, you could make couchsurfing or use airbnb.

 

      5)     Sign up for university sports, not for a Gym!

Instead of signing up for a gym where you end up not going consistently, you should sign up for your university sports, which you can do for free or for very little money. Alternatively, you could go jogging or just walk or cycle to campus every day – which contributes to your healthy life style. Using fitness APPs like freeletics would be another alternative to gym.

 

      6)     Buy in discount supermarkets or the stores with own brand products!

Going out for dinner can be a little expensive in Germany. To save money, you should better cook by yourself as groceries are quite cheap in Germany. In the discount supermarkets Aldi, Lidl, Netto and Norma, you only have to spend very little money on your daily products. Above all meat, fruits and veggies are much cheaper here than in normal supermarkets. In the more expansive supermarkets you should always buy the stores own brands”, which are much cheaper than the brand products but of similar quality. The cheap own brand of REWE is “JA”. In “EDEKA” it is “gut und günstig”, and in KAUFLAND it is “K-Classic”. It would be the best to cook together with your friends and flat mates so you can even split the costs for groceries.   

 

      7)     Do not use Taxi, use public transport instead

To take a taxi in Germany can cost you a fortune. Normally, the public transport is quite good in Germany, so we recommend that you take public buses and trams instead of taxi. As an international student in Germany, you will be allowed to buy a semester ticket for very little money, which allows you to use all public transport in the region where you live.

 

      8)     Use JA Jobs, the Job & Career Platform for International Students in Germany

JA Jobs is a job and career platform especially for foreign students and young professionals in Germany. The platform connects international talents with global companies by offering student jobs and internships as well as full time positions. By signing up with JA Jobs for FREE, you can kick-start or advance your international career!

 

Conclusion

As you see, there are various possibilities to save money as an international student or young professional in Germany and we would therefore encourage you to make use of them!