If you have any questions, please contact the support staff at the social and study guidance office.
Sozial- und Studienfinanzierungsberatung:
Dipl. Soz.-Wiss. Julia Schmidt
Building SSC, Room 1/121
Phone: +49 (0234) 32 29933
Wednesday 2-4pm, SSC 1/121
Thursday 4-6pm, OASE
as from 2 December also
Friday 10-12am, SSC 1/121
The General Students’ Committee (AStA) provides social and student loan guidance as well.
Financing and Social Matters
University? Can I afford it at all?
The good news first: German universities have abolished tuition fees. Still, studying at university is costly, because you will pay rent, have living costs and buy books and other materials necessary for your degree course. You will find an overview over various options of financing your studies on the following pages.
How much exactly does going to university cost?
At Ruhr-Universität, you have to pay a so-called social insurance contribution each semester. Currently, it amounts to 303.04 euros (as per winter semester 2016/17). This includes the cost for the semester ticket which permits you to use public transport all throughout North Rhine-Westphalia, as well as your contribution to Student Services (AKAFÖ). Detailed information regarding the social insurance contribution is available at the Studierendensekretariats homepage.
The individual costs of living vary; for a student who is not living with his or her parents, they amount to 794.00 euros on average (as per 2012). This sum is calculated on the basis of the following expenses:
This data has been compiled on the basis of the “social survey” conducted by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The Ministry interviews more than 15,000 students at regular intervals with regard to their accommodation and living situation. You can find the complete results of the survey here.
Generally speaking, the low rents in and around Bochum are relatively affordable. Rent, including heating and operating cost, amounts to 7.40 euros per square metre for a one-bedroom flat; in Hamburg, it’s 12.00 euros, and in Munich 19.70 euros. An up-to-date overview over current rents in German university towns is available here.