Just moved to Germany but did not have much time to plan ahead? What are the first steps?

Updated on
September 11, 2022

Recently moved to Germany?

When you just move to a new country, sometimes it can be difficult to know from where to start. In this article, we will give you some helpful tips to consider in order to start building your life in Germany. On the website

  • If you are on a tight budget, first find a flat to share or a non-expensive hotel. Depending on the city you move in, most of the time you will be able to find an affordable place to move in for a short period.
  • Search for a proper job! Depending on how urgent you need to start earning money, try and search for a decent job where you will be happy. There are several ways on how to find a job in Germany. You can opt for searching from websites, newspapers, social media and/or job centers. Make sure you have a good CV and all the documents that you think can enhance the likely hood of you getting the job, such as certificates, dissertations and awards.
  • Find a long-term home. Now that you started earning money, it is time to start thinking about finding a house of a higher value and you feel at home.
  • Once the above are done, start thinking about the efficiency and effectiveness of your method of transportation. In Germany, public transport is excellent and one can get almost anywhere at an affordable price. With that being said, public transport is not always very comfortable. Consider getting your private transport.
  • Health insurance is mandatory for all residents in Germany, so make sure that you are covered. You can choose from public or private insurance. If it gets too complicated, opt for an insurance broker.
  • Sort out your taxes before it is too late! Forgetting to pay tax often results to hefty fines.

Open a bank account. There are many banks to choose from in Germany and you can also find ATMs almost anywhere. Keep in mind to always some cash on you as some Germans tend to prefer to get paid in cash. With that being said, do not carry large amounts of cash just in the rare case of being mugged. A little cash to give away in case of emergency can keep the robbers happy and you alive.

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