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
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 223,07 € and is broken down into the following separate amounts:

Student Union    79,00 € 
AStA    11,00 € 
Public transportation ticket     133,07 € 

At registration, there is an additional 8,00 € charged for the issuance of your student  chipcard ID. Distance learning students do not pay the amount for the student transportation ticket and for the chipcard ID.

 

Social fee for distance learning: The social contribution for a distance learning programme is reduced to include only the amounts for the student union and AStA (current total: 90,00 €).  A separate invoice or other request for payment for the cost of study materials, preprinted with the school's banking data, will be sent to you.

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.

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 20182 BEWNR 12345 Student contribution TU KL WS18 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 20182 MTKNR 123456 Student contribution TU KL WS18 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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Tuition fees

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.

Students may be exempt from tuition payments if:

  • granted a leave of Absence,
  • Phd-students,
  • Distance education students.

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 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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