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I have to travel Munich Germany (specifically: Hansastraße) and live for a period of 3 months. I have 500 Eur/ Month stipend. So, can I live? Is it possible to manage Food (pure-veg), Accommodation with it?

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I will be staying from June, August - 2013

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So if you already know there street where you will live, you should know the amount of your rent. How much is left from the 500 Euros after you paid your rent? (Not so much, imho...) –  RoflcoptrException Jan 29 '13 at 11:29
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Accommodation in Munich is expensive. To find cheap accommodation, I suggest to first contact your stipend adviser or University - perhaps you can stay in a student dorm. You can also look for flat shares on WG-Gesucht. Food prices in supermarkets, on the other hand, are rather low, compared to the rest of Europe. –  feklee Jan 29 '13 at 11:53

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The most expensive thing in Germany is accommodation. It all depends on how much you'll pay for a room.

I'm currently living in Nürnberg. Renting an apartment for a single person costs on average 450-500 Euro. If you have luck, you can find something cheaper. But it's hard to find something for next month, I've searched for about 2 weeks (it is considered extra speed) and I've found an apartment available from 2 months later. You must note, that if you rent an apartment for a single person, it is written in the contract that you'll be living there alone!

When it comes to rooms in WG (Wohngemeinschaften - apartment communities) I haven't found many offers. Room costs about 300-350 Euro - I was surprised it's not much cheaper that renting an apartment. The problem is, you must be accepted by future flat-mates, and they choose from many offers, something like casting.

According to this German apartment website, apartments in Munich are about 50% more expensive. Of course those are only statistics, but they suggest that your chances of finding something cheap aren't high.

Generally, now in Germany we have an apartment crisis, and there were even student protests against the prices being out of reach of the average student (note, German student). You'll be really very lucky to get an accommodation in a dormitory, at least according to media.

When it comes to hostels, in Berlin they cost about 10 Euro, but Berlin is much cheaper than Bavaria. On the list from Ivan's answer there is only one hostel at this price. When it comes to kitchens, it depends. In Berlin you'll have a kitchen, in Nürnberg there was only the possibility of buying dinner (about 6 Euro). In that case you'll have to eat only cold dishes.

When it comes to food, it's not very expensive here, but you must buy in big shops such as Lidl, Aldi or Norma. A big can of soup (800g) cost from 80 cent to 2 Euro, depending on type, they are generally good :) Noodles cost 50-80 cent per 500g. Meat cost about 5-6 Euro/kg (the cheapest). Beer costs 40 cent per 0.5 l :) It is possible to spend 100 Euro or less monthly and still be far from being hungry.

Public transport is very expensive and if you don't have accommodation near the university you'll have to pay from 50 to 100 Euro. I've found this website with ticket price info. If it's similar to this in Nürnberg, the higher prices are when you are about 50km from Munich.

In conclusion, 500 Euro is very little for Germany. You could do it if you got a place to live for not more than 300 Euro. But it would be survival only anyway. You'll need also books etc., and those are expensive. And social life, and free time activities.

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Okay! Actually I am from India, going for internship. So, I need a small room with kitchen (along with necessary kitchen ware to cook). Now, it would be great if there is internet connection (don't know how much expensive it is)... If I get a private-single-room, it would be great.. And, I will be joining Fraunhofer Group - Munich. Can I get all these things? –  Surya Jan 29 '13 at 18:01
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Even if Nuremberg and Munich are both in Bavaria, it does not make sense to compare housing costs. The average rent for a 30m² appartment is currently 76% higher in Munich than in Nuremberg: wohnungsboerse.net/mietspiegel-Muenchen/2091 wohnungsboerse.net/mietspiegel-Nuernberg/2176 –  Tor-Einar Jarnbjo Jan 29 '13 at 18:02
    
Own DSL costs from 20 Euro, but only if you sign contract for 2 years. For 10 Euro you have mobile internet, for example by T-Mobile, without limit, but after exceeding package size it is much slower. –  Donaudampfschifffreizeitfahrt Jan 29 '13 at 18:18
    
Furnished rooms/apartments often include free DSL. I wouldn't worry about that. About mobile Internet: Instead of T-Mobile better chose a discount provider such as congstar. I believe the current prepaid Internet package by T-Mobile for about 10 EUR is just 200 MB/month. Others have better offers, and congstar even uses the T-Mobile network. –  feklee Jan 30 '13 at 11:46
    
Yes, the package is quite small, but after you use it, internet is still relative fast (it's definitely faster as modem speed). I think it is even faster as in Poland within limit... As I've checked, other providers fall back to 56kbps, so if it's your only Internet, it's also something to consider. –  Donaudampfschifffreizeitfahrt Jan 30 '13 at 11:49

Just an addition to Ivan's answer:

The Munich Student Union has an online list of private lodging offers for students. They start at around 200€/month, but it might be difficult to get an agreement for just three months. It is generally very difficult to find affordable housing offers in Munich and the providers will probably prefer long-term rents.

There are even a few lodging for free offers, provided that you do some household work, child care or other jobs. That is probably not an option if you don't speak German and probably even illegal if you don't have a work permit.

The student union also offers dorms and appartments for students starting at 160€/month, but the waiting lists are 6-24 months depending on lodging type and location, so that is probably not an option for you.

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Yes, you can:

  • Accommodation: Hostels are very cheap, here says that you can stay one night from 10 euros. Anyway, in my experience, if you talk with the owner you can get a discount for a long period stay. So, say you will expend 300 euros on this.
  • Transport: Forget to take public transport. Use your legs. Try to find a hostel near the places you will visit frequently. And beware!! Germany is the only place in the world I've been fined by using the public transport without paying, so don't try it! Use your legs: 0 euros.
  • Food: stay in a hostel means that you have a kitchen where you can cook. Normally this includes some room in a fridge, cooking tools, microwave, etc. You can go to the supermarket and buy food. When I was in Berlin, I cook my own food and normally for 5 euros I have enough to survive each day. Cooking your food: 150 euros
  • Others: Travelling is not much more than sleep, move and eat, but sometimes you want to go to the cinema, visit a museum, etc. For all this you will have an "extra": 50 euros
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+1 for being fined in public transport. Public transport here in Europe is plentiful and with well structure, so if you use, please pay for it. :) –  user981916 Jan 29 '13 at 12:47
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You can probably buy a second-hand bicycle for ~30€. Should save a lot of time compared to walking. –  gerrit Jan 29 '13 at 13:26
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@Surya Accommodation in Berlin is much cheaper than in Munich. –  feklee Jan 29 '13 at 13:32
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@Surya: I don't know how much you can save. But free apartment sounds great! Then 500 EUR will definitely be enough to live from. On the other hand, I wonder if you cannot get student accommodation in Munich for free or for a low price, for example in a dorm. Don't you have an adviser? –  feklee Jan 29 '13 at 14:15
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Berlin is cheaper that Munich, and if you have a free appartment too, there is almost no reason to choose Munich –  Dirty-flow Jan 29 '13 at 23:17

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