Benefits Of Being A Student
One of the benefits of studying in Germany is that, as a student, you can get some great discounts on various things. Businesses, tourist attractions and transport all offer reduced rates to students with valid student ID.
Tourist attractions are usually the first places you go visit in a new city. It could be a famous landmark, a museum or an art gallery. Luckily, in Germany there are special prices for students. At times it is as much as half the price of a normal ticket, which helps save a lot of money. The student prices are usually advertised as concession or reduced price (Ermäßigung), so don’t be worried if you don’t see the word student on the price menu. Of course you can always just ask a member of staff if there is a student discount or Studentenrabatt available.
Another great perk to being a student is a travel discount. Most universities will include a semester ticket as part of the registration fees. This ticket allows you to travel anywhere, within the city where the Uni is located, for free. This includes bus, train and or underground (U-Bahn). If for some reason your semester ticket is not included in your registration fee, you can buy monthly tickets from the local transport office. More information can be found here.
Other places that tend to favour students with discounts include cinemas, coffee shops, restaurants, bars & nightclubs, and a whole lot more. A good website to help find some discounts in your city is studentenrabatte.de. Just select your city and a list of offers and discounts for your city will be shown. Another site that I used is ISIC.org. Here it will give you some results for your city under the Discounts tab. This site offers an international student card that you can buy but you do not have to have it to get student discounts. Just use the site as a way of finding offers in your area.
Don’t be afraid to ask if there is a student discount available. You might get lucky and save yourself some money.
On a side note I have noticed that I include links to German sites that offer no English version. If the German is too difficult for me to understand, I use Google Chrome. Chrome has a built in translator that detects websites that aren’t in my default language and offers to translate them. It translate the whole page and replaces the German text with English, leaving the website appearance the same. This is much easier and quicker than copying and pasting text into a translation website. I would recommend it if you’re stuck.