Living in Germany: How Much Does It Cost?
I moved in to my own apartment in July 1st of this year. The question people always ask me is: how much do I actually pay for my monthly necessities? Here are some things I would like to share.
Location: Essen, Germany
When you are in the process of renting a property in Germany, the terms "kaltmiete" and "warmmiete" would be very familiar to you, as it is to me.
"Kaltmiete" means "cold rent" when it is translated to English. It is the amount of money one pays just for the property itself.
"Warmmiete", on the other hand, means "warm rent" when it is translated to English. It is the amount of money one pays for the property, water, heater, garbage collection, and etc.
I have a one-bedroom apartment with the size of 41 sq. m. and I pay 355€/month (warmmiete) for this.
It is the law to have a health insurance here in Germany. There are two types: public and private. Which is better? In terms of services and benefits, the private health insurance would, of course, be better which means it is more expensive. The public health insurance, however, is not disappointing at all. In my case, I have the private health insurance and I pay 150€/month.
I know this will sound very unusual but I do not watch TV, which means that I don't have a TV in my apartment. I have a washing machine, full kitchen, laptop, printer and phone. With that being said, my monthly electricity is just 30€/month.
INTERNET & PHONE
Internet is a part of my life (otherwise, I wouldn't blog at all) and it is important for me to have fast internet. With 50Mbps, I pay 15€/month.
My phone bill, on the other hand, is very flexible. It depends on the amount of data I use per month. So on average, I pay 20€/month for my phone bill.
Since I don't have a car, I usually use public transportation from point A to point B. As a student, the price for unlimited usage of public transportation in my area (and some cities around it) is 35€/month.
The living standard is very high here in Germany since it is a developed country which also means that the food can cost a lot. I usually eat 1-2 times a day and need a lot of personal hygiene necessities and. For this, I set aside around 150€/month.
TOTAL per month
=755€ ~ 900$ ~45,000PHP
*The disclosed information is based on how much I spend, and may not necessarily reflect on every other person's lifestyle. The currencies shown are rounded off and there are more minor bills like house insurance, and etc.
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