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What costs can I expect?

TU Kaiserslautern, like every other university, requires you to pay a "student service contribution" each semester. The contribution includes the costs of the student union, the student organization AStA, and for the student ticket which provides access to the regional public transportation net.

To assist you in estimating a minimum monthly amount necessary for planning purposes, we have a collected a few reference values that illustrate the cost of living in Kaiserslautern.

For details, select from among the links below:

Student service contribution
Student account
Tuition
• Living expenses

 

 

Student service contribution

A student service contribution is due when you register at TU Kaiserslautern and each semester thereafter when you report back to continue your educational programme.

The current total social contribution is 206.80 euros and is broken down into the following separate amounts:

Student Union

    79,00 € 

AStA

    11,00 € 

Public transportation ticket  

  116,80 € 

At registration, there is an additional 8 euros charged for the issuance of your student  chipcard ID. Distance learning students and those enrolled in the foreign "Studienkolleg" do not have to pay the amount for the student transportation ticket. A bank transfer slip with the current amount due will be sent to you for re-registration prior to each reporting period. The reporting deadline for returning students is provided in the semester schedule.

Social fee for distance learning courses: The social contribution for a distance learning programme is reduced to include only the amounts for the student union and AStA because students do not receive the VRN semester ticket. Similarly, the cost of the chipcard ID is not incurred. A separate invoice or other request for payment for the cost of tuition and study materials, preprinted with the school's banking data, will be sent to you.

Use only the preprinted payment form sent to you as confirmation of the receipt of your enrollment application or as included with your student ID in the case of a returning student. This ensures your payment will be applied to your personal account.

Banking data for initial enrollment

Beneficiary: Landeshochschulkasse Mainz
Acct. No.: 55 00 15 24
BRN: 550 000 00
Credit institute: Deutsche Bundesbank Office Mainz
IBAN DE 62 5500 0000 0055001524
BIC MARKDEF 1550

Example: purpose of transfer
SEM. 20121 BEWNR 12345 Student contribution TU KL SS12 Last name, First name

Explanation
The five places that come after SEM, indicate the calendar year and semester. 1 stands for the summer semester, 2 for the winter semester. Be sure to enter your applicant number (BEWNR).

Banking data for returning students

Beneficiary: Landeshochschulkasse Mainz
Acct. No.: 55 00 15 25
BRN: 550 000 00
Credit institute: Deutsche Bundesbank Filiale Mainz
IBAN DE 35 5500 0000 0055001525
BIC MARKDEF 1550

Example: purpose of transfer
SEM. 20121 MTKNR 123456 Student contribution TU KL SS12 Last name, First name

Explanation The five places that come after SEM indicate the calendar year and semester. 1 stands for the summer semester, 2 for the winter semester. Be sure to enter your student registration number (MTKNR).

ATTENTION! This bank data should NOT be used for payments of fees for the assessment of qualifications or for distance learning materials.

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Student account

Information about the student account is compiled on a separate page. Click here to open a new window or tab to view more detailed information.

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Tuition fees

The tuition fee requirement of 650 euros per semester takes effect whenever sufficient student credit is not available or when 18 semesters have been completed towards a university degree.

Students who are 60 years of age or older are also required to pay tuition of 650 euros.

In accordance with the tuition tables of the state of Rhineland Palatinate, tuition of 650 euros per semester is to be paid by those who have already obtained one university degree and are studying for their second degree. Any remaining student credit can be applied towards this tuition.

Students may be exempt from tuition payments if:

  • granted a leave of absence,
  • granted aid from BAföG or
  • participating in a semester abroad (under the terms of Section 7 par 2 of the regulation).

Tuition payments and other fees are required for enrollment and registration.


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Cost of living expenses

Included in the cost of living expenses are things like housing, food, and other basic needs. Kaiserslautern is by no means as expensive as major German cities like Munich or Hamburg.

Cost of living information is always based on averages and estimated values and depends on individual needs.


The following figures are provided for general planning purposes:

  Housing

  250 €

  Food

  160 €

  Clothing

    60 €

  Telephone, Internet, TV & Co

    50 €

  Health insurance

    70 €

  Classroom supplies

    40 €

Added to these planning costs is the social contribution of approx. 200 euros per semester (see above), which includes the price of the public transportation ticket.

In your financial planning you should be aware that your expenses are likely to be higher at the start of your studies than in the subsequent semesters.

There are always a few more books to be purchased in the beginning, your housing may need some furnishings, and there is usually a rental deposit required for an apartment or a dorm room. 

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