Cost of Living in Hamburg

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 73.98
Rent Index: 33.68
Groceries Index: 60.11
Restaurants Index: 66.04
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 54.86
Local Purchasing Power: 134.38
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 9.00 € 7.00-12.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 49.00 € 30.00-55.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.00 € 6.00-8.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.65 € 3.00-4.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.00 € 2.80-4.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.69 € 2.30-3.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.10 € 1.00-3.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.72 € 1.00-2.50
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.60 € 2.23-3.52
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.61 € 0.81-2.72
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.67 € 0.41-0.91
Eggs (12) 2.14 € 1.10-3.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.32 € 3.18-5.90
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.29 € 2.98-3.63
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.27 € 4.08-9.07
Apples (1 lb) 0.92 € 0.68-1.13
Banana (1 lb) 0.77 € 0.45-0.91
Oranges (1 lb) 1.17 € 0.73-1.36
Tomato (1 lb) 1.02 € 0.68-1.36
Potato (1 lb) 0.54 € 0.32-0.68
Onion (1 lb) 0.86 € 0.68-0.91
Lettuce (1 head) 1.00 € 0.60-1.40
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.48 € 0.20-0.79
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 5.00 € 4.00-7.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.94 € 0.80-1.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.11 € 0.80-1.50
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 5.80 € 5.40-6.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.10 € 2.40-3.10
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 80.00 € 60.00-90.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.20 € 3.00-3.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.22 € 2.41-4.83
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 27.50 € 20.00-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.10 € 4.54-5.68
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,590.00 € 17,000.00-21,400.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 234.85 € 154.55-302.22
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.09 € 0.09-0.10
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 22.27 € 19.00-30.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 40.44 € 20.00-55.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 20.90 € 18.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 11.00 € 9.00-12.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 75.56 € 60.00-90.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 37.64 € 25.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 90.82 € 80.00-110.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 102.65 € 70.00-130.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 798.89 € 700.00-900.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 547.78 € 450.00-700.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,678.33 € 1,450.00-2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,140.00 € 900.00-1,400.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 526.45 € 418.06-650.32
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 301.93 € 185.80-371.61
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 2,411.69 € 2,000.00-3,050.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 2.27 1.89-3.00

Prices in Hamburg, Germany

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Last update: May, 2016
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Cost of living in Hamburg is 26.02% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 898.00$ (805.33€) and for four person family at 3,104.50$ (2,784.12€) (without rent).
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35 Comments so far
##agata on Mar 16, 2016 :
hi, i am agata
i looking for master study in performing art. can somebody tell me which good uni in hamburg?
#Daud Pervaiz on Mar 07, 2015 :
Hello! The website here is very informative for the non-immigrants therefore I don't think the prices of Apartments does match what were told to me by my uncle living in Hamburg.I am moving to Hamburg soon so let's see how it goes.
#Abraham faith on Jan 16, 2015 :
Please how do I get an admission for Master's degree at Damntor university. I would appreciate ur help
#Petr Tvaruzek on Sep 26, 2014 :
I just moved to Hamburg. Beware, a 1 room apartment in the city center for 629 eur (as shown here) is amost impossible to find. It took us 1 month to get one for 900 eur monthly.
#anonymous2 on Jun 16, 2014 :
Hi Anonymous,

Hamburg has a good job situation, with many international companies.
Most still expect you to have some knowledge of german language though.
Rents are much higher, than what this website suggests, so you'd be better off with a job before you arrive.
#Anonymous on Apr 11, 2014 :
Hello! I live in California but would like to relocate to hamburg. Just curious if it will be easy to find a job over there. I am an accountant but I can take any office jobs available. Should I look for an employer first before moving or look when I get there?

Please advise so I have an idea. Thank you for your time.
#Syed yamin on Mar 11, 2014 :
I did my diploma in electronics engineering and now i want to do from free university of germany friends plz suggest me how i can take admission in that university
#neggi on Feb 26, 2014 :
Hey guys
i'm neggi , i really appreciated if somebody help me with an information about finding flat for 2 person, for long term in Humburg, how can i find a cheap and nice flat around 500 euro to 600 euro
#Mahesh on Dec 10, 2013 :
Hello Guys,

Please help me!!!

I am expecting an offer from a company in Hamburg. What would be an ideal salary that i should demand and negotiate for a family of 3 (8 yrs old son) to live comfortably. I am not keen on car but would be good. what other facilities can i request from the company.

thanks in advance

#Norbert on Sep 10, 2013 :
Appartments in Hamburg are most expensive in center of the city: f.e. Eppendorf, Rotherbaum, Harvestehude, Uhlenhorst, Winterhude, Eimsbuettel, Ottensen, parts of St. Georg and St. Pauli. If you will save money: Barmbek, Hamm, Horn. Langenhorn, Eidelstedt, Harburg, Farmsen, Rahlstedt or Norderstedt is cheaper. Hamburg have a well and safe public transport system the When you seek an appartment look were is the nearest bus oder train station.
#Niaz hossain on Aug 13, 2013 :
I'm from south asia.i wanna complete my post graduation in pharmacy from any humburg universities..can you recommend me how can i go and have there any universities with pharmacy department?
#Admire on Jul 26, 2013 :
Hi! I'm a student from South East Asia...I will study my PhD in Hamburg...but I will bring my family (2 children) it enough to stay with 1300 EUR per month? I will looking for a room out of town to get cheaper price....please inform
#lazby on Jul 10, 2013 :
@#hashim, am planning to move to Hamburg soon, what's the Visa and travelling requirments. Please contact for details on +2348066216584.
#Missy on Jul 05, 2013 :
Hi I was wondering what is it like for a USA degree of nursing with no prior experience to move to hamburg? What would the process be? I don't even speak the language or know the culture so I was very curious.
#hashim on Jun 28, 2013 :
hi guys...anybody planning to move to Hamburg in August 2013
#Arvind on Jun 22, 2013 :
Hi to all
I am an Indian,
I am expecting an offer from a co. In hamburg.
If offer works out i want to relocate to hamburg with my wife and 5 month baby.
My co. going to provide me appartment, local conveyance passes & pvt. Medical insurance.
With this above facility what should I demand for comfortable stay in hamburg.
Offer should to be such that i am able to save 15000 euros a year.
If anydody can help us with information we will be extremely thankful.
#Ali on Jun 18, 2013 :
Hi , I am Ali , I am from Egypt but I live in Saudi Arabia, I was thinking about going to college in Hamburg. I searched a lot for information on the internet, but i need someone living in Hamburg to answer my questions. How is life in Hamburg for a foreigner? Are the expenses less than average, average, or above? Will my religion, Islam, cause a problem for me - although I heard that many different ethnic groups live there. Would you recommend me to rent an apartment or buy one (i will be staying for at least 5-7 years) . Is it hard finding an apartment? Do I take an apartment near the city center or away? Do you think life in Hamburg is expenseive? Is transportation easy ?

Excuse My curiousity :D thank you :)
#Omar on Mar 24, 2013 :
is 700 EUROS enough for a single male student who's ready to live a very hard lifestyle "no style at all!" please tell me it will be good
#shirin on Feb 13, 2013 :
Dear Friends
Can any one tell me is €2000 enough to live in hamburg for 3 person (a couple and a 5 years old girl)? of course it is depends to the lifestyle, but at least is not difficult to spend that much?
#T on Jan 31, 2013 :
tpanic: 2300 € before taxes that is. So around 1000 net. So then really no problem for you.
#T on Jan 31, 2013 :
tpanic: 3200€ is no problem. I moved here and started with a salary of 2300. Always lived in my own flat pretty central in the city. Of course it depends on your lifestyle and what kind of car you wan't and so on.

As many other people said you have to invest some time into searching for a flat. You can also find cheap flats if you are lucky.

Living here i find very cheap, but maybe thats just because i come from Stockholm.
#Chris on Jan 31, 2013 :
In Neu-Allermöhe; I pay 750 Euro for 3 room apartment with 75 m²
#Emilee on Dec 27, 2012 :
Hi I am Australian and moving to hamburg next year. I am spending my first month with a host family then am on my own. I was wondering if it would be better to move to a university state like Heidelberg or stay in hamburg where I will be a bit familiar with at that stage? Also, is it relatively easy to get work in Germany? I am a nurse but have heard that it is quite difficult. Any advice would be vey much appreciated!!
#tpanic on Dec 03, 2012 :
Hello all,
I am expecting an offer from a company in Hamburg and the offer is around 3200 Euro net per month, will it be enough for a normal life with some budget for extra activities such as night out, going to cinema 2-3 times a month, and buy a car etc?
I am married with no children at the moment, so a house with 2 rooms will be good for us.
#DONSON PABBLO on Nov 23, 2012 :
please i want to study at studeinkollege hamburg please can sum1 fynd me who to live with in a furnished room outside the center
Contact me tru :
Or +23408137253233
#Hamburgerin on Nov 03, 2012 :
Adam, no worries, you will survive in Hamburg. As a student, you will get a semester ticket(paid with your semester fees), that means the public transportation is completely free for you. Therefore, you should look for an apartement outside the city center, but near a subway station. If you find a roommate, you shouldn't pay more than 400 Euro in Hamburg. Otherwise, you are fooled or crazy (to pay 2650 Euro for an apartement in order to live in the city center). A problem could be that you're a non-EU student (you could leave the country without paying the rent) that's why I recommend you to look for a room in a shared flat (check out these sides: and apply for a student accommodation offered by your university in Hamburg(apply as early as possible!!!).
#Adam on Oct 24, 2012 :
Hello everyone my name is Adam and I'm from Egypt,
I'm expecting to relocate to hamburg soon to continue my education. So that means I will be in as a student which leads to restricted working hrs which will make me on a tight budget. Embassy advised me that 800 Euro/Month should be good enough for a student....will that seems not true. And regarding finding a convenient part time job will that support me there and I have cash in hand 10'000 Euro supposedly for first year. Will I Survive....
Please guys reply
#JED on Oct 02, 2012 :
How is it possible that the same new car, costs so much more in Hamburg in comparison to Berlin?
#Mladen on Aug 11, 2012 :
I agree that Hamburg is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
#Hamburger on Aug 10, 2012 :
@#Sathish: 6000 EUR/monthly gross? You will be fine! Of course, it depends on your lifestlye, but I think you will get along. But true, real estate prices have been increasing about 2005 gradually, so it's relatively expensive (for a German city, not like Paris or NYC). It can also be a bit hard to find a nice condo. Better you be here and invest some time, before you start working (+ bring prove that you got the money (working contract etc.), cause that's what landlords often want to see in advance.

Best wishes, Hamburger (since about 7years) in the most beautiful city of Germany (or Europe? :-)
#Sathish on Jul 27, 2012 :
I am expecting an offer from a company in Hamburg. I am an Indian and married. If I look at the comments, it scares me very much that getting apartment in Hamburg is difficult and is very expensive. I am still in the processing of negotiating salary with the company. It would be of great help if someone can suggest as how much I can expect as salary package. I am an Electronics Engineer with 8+ years experience(Aerospace). I am offered the position of Consultant role. I was under assumption that 6K Euros/month would be sufficient for surivival in Hamburg but the statistical comments from everyone worries me a lot!!!!

Please reply
#Suresh Shetty on Jul 16, 2012 :
Thank you for creating this very useful website, this is indeed very informative.

Me and my family are expected to be in Hamburg by August 2012. Also heard that it is pretty hard to find a good house/apartment. If anyone of you are renting your home please help me contact you. That would be of a great help.
Thank you in advance.

#Filbert Felix on Jun 17, 2012 :
Hai, my name's Filbert
Next year I'll live in Hamburg for my education and I'll start my Studienkolleg first. Is it true the rent for Wohnung really that high?( like what Roussel said)
I and my friends, together we're 4 people,plan to rent a shared Wohnung. But we can afford only up to €600 for our living per month. Is it enough for living in Hamburg?

Danke sehr
#Mladen on Jun 12, 2012 :
I was recently in Hamburg and heard that although prices are not high (as stated at this website), it is difficult to find an apartment. So I guess price did go up recently.
#Stephanie on Jun 12, 2012 :

i'm living in hamburg too, and i have the same opinion: the statistics concerning rental prices are not correct. If you can tell me where to find a 3 room appartment in Hamburg (outside of the center) for €887, i'll be glad to hear it!
There is a lack of Immo in Hamburg, and it's a lot of stress and most of the time impossible to find a good and payable appartment in Hamburg.

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