Costs of living

You should expect the following cost when studying in Freiberg:

  • Semester (half year) fee of currently 84 €
  • Cost of living (accommodation, food, clothing, books, phone et cetera)
  • Health insurance
  • Tuition fees in case you are doing a second degree

Tuition fees

Most of the German university are funded in large part by the federal government, and as a result, they charge no or relatively low tuition fees. This is also the case for the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, hence you do not have to pay tuition fees. The only exception is if you are planning on doing a second degree (e.g. you already have a Master degree and want to obtain a second Master degree), where tuition fees have to be paid. Additionally the university offers the International Masters program of  Geoscience (advanced studies program) for which tuition fees of 2000 € per semester are charged.

Semester fee

All students have to pay the so called semester fee ("Semesterbeitrag"). Currently the fee for TU Bergakademie Freiberg is set at 84 €, comprising 77 € for social contribution (for example the canteen) and 7 € for the student body (for example university sports and culture).

Cost of living

Living in Freiberg is very affordable compared to the big cities in Germany, although it is hard to say how much exactly a student is going to need. This depends on your way of spending, but you should plan for 550 to 600 € per month. 

The following table will give you a rough overview: 

Rent and utilites170-280 € / month
Food, clothing170-220 € / month
Health insurance, medication90 € / month
Phone, internet, television35 € / month

Additional expenditures you should factor in are clothing, leisure time, culture and sport. Going to the movies will set you back between 4.60 € to 9.90 €, depending of time and day the film starts. Theatre tickets for students are between 4.00 € and 19.00 €. A sports group at an university facility costs between 15 € and 30 € per semester. 

There are a great number of discounts available to students who can provide a valid student identity card. Entrance fees for theatres, museums, cinemas, public swimming pools and other facilities are reduced.


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