Shopping and saving money: Saving money with your student ID
You can find very good bargains at discount stores. But opening hours are restricted in Germany – and most shops are closed on Sundays. You should also compare prices. With your student ID, you can save a lot of money.
by the Editors
You can save money by buying groceries at the large discount supermarket chains, such as Aldi, Lidl and Netto. You should also check for weekly specials and compare prices carefully. In this way, you can save a few euros here and there. You can find additional bargains at local supermarkets, pharmacies, department stores, and do-it-yourself stores on the website Kaufda.
Store hours vary from place to place. Shops located downtown are usually open from 10 am to 8 pm on weekdays and on Saturdays until 4 pm, or 6 pm, or 8 pm depending on where you live. Supermarkets are generally open longer, in some cases from 7 am to 10 pm. Almost all stores are closed on Sundays and public holidays. In larger cities, however, some markets and kiosks are open on Sundays where you can buy basic necessities. If everything is closed, the little markets in petrol stations sell (relatively overpriced) snacks and food. You’ll also find a number of bakeries that are open on Sunday mornings.
Your student ID card can save you money. Students are eligible for concession rates on tickets to the theatre, cinema, swimming pool or museum. There are also student discounts on newspaper subscriptions, computer software, mobile phone contracts and bank accounts.
If you’re planning to travel outside of Germany, an International Student Identity Card (ISIC) can save you money on airline and railway tickets, admission fees to museums and theatres, and much more. You can purchase an ISIC for 12 euros from your student council or at select travel agencies in your town. For more information about the International Student Identity Card, visit the ISIC website.