Fellow Sustainable Agriculturalists,
A little note about the cost of living here in Witzenhausen:
Life is easy, cheap but not shoddy, here in the rural center of Germany. Most of the students here get by on a very small scholarship and a few hours of work per week counting beetles, organizing events – maybe even shoveling walkways.
The major contributor to the economic ease of this masters program is educational fees: the price of attendance at Uni-Kassel is free. Cost of attendance in Göttingen is nearly free at just 470 euros per semester (660$). Rent is anywhere from 90 to 200 euros (120$ – 280$) in Witzenhausen and a little higher in Göttingen and Kassel at 250 euros (350$) or so. Food on the market is inexpensive by European and US standards, a local organic diet costs about 150 to 200 euros (210$ – 280$) a month.
Travel is very affordable: My old bike came with my flat, other folks have picked theirs up at the local bike shop for just a few bucks. Both the Göttingen and Kassel student cards offer free public transport for most of central Germany. Outside of the free public transport area one can take part in the German organized hitchhiking crowd called ‘mitfahrgelegenheit‘ and the French covoiturage of ‘123envoiture‘. I also carry a Bahn Card 25 from Deutsche Bahn. This saves a lot of money when it is necessary to take a train outside of the free public transportation area provided by the student card.
Best Green Blogs has a number of informative Blogs about life in Germany.
Check out About Germany.Org for more general information.
I also just did a quick Forestle search and found a number of hits about getting by in Germany.