Moving to Germany 10 Things to Consider

When moving to Germany there are a few things that you need to take into consideration. It may seem like a scary thing moving to a different country and it should if you are not prepared about what that country has to offer. However, other than being the best place to live in Europe and one of the most cultural and historic places, it offers a lot of work opportunities and a good living index. I’m pretty sure it’s a wonderful country for anyone to live it just depends on your personal agenda and availability. We’ll help you figure out those things to consider and you can make the right decision in the end.

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Reichstag Building, Berlin. Image by AC Almelor on Unsplash.

1. Scout living places. You have to make sure that you know in what place are you going to live if you have police nearby if you are close to your work etc. This is important because you are going to revolve your life around that place.

2. Register immediately. This should go without saying but you need to register yourself as soon as possible. Go to the local Bürgeramt or Rathaus and enter the permanent address and whatever document is needed.

3. Open a German Bank Account. This is obvious why it’s important but this needs to be done as soon as possible, one of the first things to do actually. This will help you get billed properly so that you don’t have problems later.

4. Get a German mobile Contract. There a lot of options on which to choose so pick carefully the one that meets your needs. Also, be aware of the pricing since different companies have different offers.

5. Find a good Internet provider. Even if you’re not dependant on having internet for your work you still need it in everyday life, and even to communicate with relatives not living in Germany.

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The brandenburg gate, berlin. Image from Ansgar Scheffold on Unsplash.

6. You have to commute or drive a lot. Whether your choice of riding is a bike or a vehicle you’ll need to do a lot of commuting so take a look at how to register your car in Germany. It’s not a luxury but rather a necessity.

7. Find a cheap electricity provider. When you move into your new place you’ll have the option to choose a new provider or stick with the one in place, usually is best to consider other options as it may be cheaper.

8. German Visa regulations. If you plan on moving to Germany permanently you’ll have to check your permanent VISA application and what rules apply from the country that you are coming in.

9. Learn the German language. Being the official language of Germany it’s important you have at least communicative levels. It shows that you care about integrating into the community and will definitively help in the long run.

10. Learn Customs. Greetings are formal and quick in Germany and they usually take the form of a firm handshake. It’s important that you take some of the customs and use them in your life so that you don’t unintentionally offend people.

  • Updated July 30, 2020