Moving to Germany for College

Moving Overseas to Germany for College


Germany is home to many world-class educational institutions. The city of Munich is home to Technical University of Munich, Ludwig Maximilians University. Berlin is home to Technische Universität Berlin Humboldt University Berlin, and Freie Universität Berlin. With these and other excellent options, Germany hosts hundreds of thousands of international students every single year.

Cost of Moving to Germany

The cost of moving to Germany for college depends entirely on how much stuff you plan to bring with you. If you don’t plan to bring more than a couple of suitcases, the cost will be a plane ticket, baggage fees, and taxes. If you plan to bring a lot, overseas shipping by container is likely to be your best option.

While you will need to work with an international moving company to get a comprehensive quote, container shipping rates are available online and serve as a helpful baseline. For example, to move from California to Germany, a half-container can be shipped for as little as $1,700. Note that these prices are for the container shipping only and do not reflect taxes and other associated fees.

Shipping cost to differ from port to port, but whether you ship out of San Diego or Norfolk, or anywhere in between, working with an overseas moving company is the best way to get a great deal. These professionals have the knowledge and connections to find you the best rates.

Importing Household Goods to Germany

Choosing what to take with you to college is even more complicated when you attend college in another country. Because you are moving to the country temporarily, your imports will be subject to customs duty and taxes.

By prioritizing what you bring and storing unnecessary items back home, you can save yourself tons of money. One factor you may not have considered is outlets. European power outlets are 220v. North American appliances and electronics plug into 110v outlets. That means you won’t be able to plug in many common items such as your phone charger, laptop power supply, hairdryer, or smoothie maker.

Importing a Vehicle to Germany

For most college students, importing a vehicle to Germany for temporary use during college would just not be practical. The import taxes and duty would be substantial, equally nearly 30% of the vehicle’s value. Vehicles manufactured for use in North America will also need significant mechanical modifications in order to be driven in Germany. These modifications are necessary to prepare the vehicle to be driven on the left side of the road, and can be, in a word, unsightly.

Fortunately, citizens of Germany benefit from cheap, ubiquitous public transit. Many German citizens do not even own vehicles, instead relying on easy access to trains, buses, and taxis. Could you bring your vehicle to Germany? Sure, but you may be better off just parking it for a while back home.

Three Men and a Truck

Moving overseas for college is exciting! And it should be fun. Three Men and a Truck are overseas shippers cheap movers with a proven track record. We can take care of all the details so you can focus on learning how to order takeout in German. To learn more about how we can help you move with confidence, contact us today for your free, no-obligation shipping quote.

Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at

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