Moving to Germany: Things you should know before you immigrate to Germany

Whether you’re taking a job opportunity in Germany or moving to Germany to experience life in western Europe, expats from all over the world are deciding to move to Germany from UK, USA, Canada, Australia as well as France and Italy. Eurosender’s international removals to Germany are trusted by thousands of expats to help save on the average costs of moving to Germany, by providing low-cost and reliable way to move furniture to Germany. Our simple booking platform will give you an instant price, so you can start to calculate your cost of moving house to Germany, with Eurosender.

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THE BASICS

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Known for one of Europe’s strongest and most stable economies, quality of life in Germany including education and employment opportunities for foreigners to move to Germany from USA, Australia, and all over the world are abundant. It is no surprise that in recent times, Germany has seen an influx of people wishing to migrate to Germany either legally or illegally. If you are thinking of moving to Germany from France, Italy, USA, Canada or anywhere else, here are some facts you should know about living in Germany as an expat.
Capital
Berlin
Timezone
UTC + 1
Currency
Euro (€)
Population
83.000.000
Official Language
German
Dialling code
+49
Emergency number
112
Driving
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BEFORE MOVING

The cost of moving to Germany – International removals to Germany

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Visa regulations for Germany

For those moving to Germany from EU/EEA member countries or Switzerland: there is no visa requirements for Germany. Those who intend on living and working in Germany will not need a work permit. Foreigners moving to Germany from Italy, France or anywhere in the EU must still register themselves with the local authorities after moving to Germany.

For citizens of non-EU member countries – unless your country is exempt, you will need to apply for a Schengen visa at your nearest Luxembourg embassy allowing you to visit for up to 90 days. Countries which are exempt include USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand etc. For a full list of exemptions, please check the embassy’s website. For citizens of non-EU member countries who are migrating to Germany – you will need to apply for a work and residency permit.

Please check with the German immigration website for a full list of conditions and requirements. You will also need to register yourself with the local municipality within 3 days of immigrating to Germany.

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Property in Germany

For most locals and expats moving to Germany from the UK, USA, Ireland, France and anywhere else, the price of property can be quite expensive, so, for this reason, most people choose to rent. We have included the average rental prices for properties in Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich, so you can start to calculate your cost of living in Germany.

  • Berlin: For a single person immigrating to Germany wishing to settle in Berlin, a one-bedroom apartment will cost between €700 – €1.200 per month in the centre of town. For those moving to Germany with family, a three-bedroom will cost around €1.300 – €2.500 per month.
  • Frankfurt: For a single bedroom in the centre of Frankfurt, expect to pay €750 – €1.450 per month. For a three-bedroom suitable for families moving to Germany, you can pay between €1.500 – €3.000 per month.
  • Munich: A single person moving to Germany looking for a one-bedroom apartment in the centre of Munich can expect to pay between €900- €1.500 per month, whereas a three-bedroom dwelling can cost between €1.800 – €3.000.
  • Hamburg: A one-bedroom apartment in the centre of Hamburg will cost between €700 – €1.250 per month, and a three-bedroom apartment can cost from €1.500 – €2.500 per month.

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LIVING IN GERMANY

The cost of living in Germany

The cost of renting in major cities might seem high for those immigrating to Germany from Italy, Ireland, UK or anywhere else and so too are many other everyday necessities. Due to the high salaries in Germany, the price of an average daily meal is around can range between €10-15, while basic utilities can cost up to €350 per month. If you are living in major cities, one way to cut your costs of living is to take public transport, and if you are living alone, you might even choose to find a housemate and share an apartment to save on living costs.

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The job market in Germany

Due to its booming economy and high salaries, there are plenty of job opportunities in Germany for foreigners. If you’re wondering where to find job opportunities for foreigners, international companies, particularly those in IT, engineering, science and healthcare industries are a great place to look for English-speaking job opportunities in Germany. It is also possible to move to Germany to live and work under their Blue-Card residence scheme, to attract skilled workers to the country.

If you plan on working when moving to Germany from USA, Australia, or anywhere outside of the EU, it is important to ensure you follow the visa regulations for Germany and obtain the right permit first.


Education in Germany

The education system in Germany is very similar to most European education systems and is regarded as one of the highest quality in the world, with many students each year looking to migrate to Germany to study. There are also many international schools in Germany and high-quality universities providing international student programs.

  • Preschool: 0-6 years old (Not compulsory)
  • Elementary School: 6-15 years old (Compulsory)
  • Secondary School: 16-18 years old (Not compulsory)

Healthcare in Germany

For expats moving to Germany from USA, UK, Australia or anywhere else, it is important to ensure you have private health insurance to cover you for your length of stay in Germany while you are unemployed. The healthcare system in Germany is one of the highest quality healthcare systems in the world, however, public healthcare is only provided by the state, based on the income of citizens and residents. For extra services, many also choose to take out private healthcare in Germany. There are also three types of prescription medications in Germany, making it possible for certain medications to be purchased directly from the pharmacist, rather than visit a doctor each time.


Driving in Germany

If you are relocating to Germany from the USA, Australia or anywhere else, you can continue to use your local license for the first year, before exchanging your license for a German one. Driving in Germany, you will no doubt notice the superior quality of their major roads and infrastructure, including higher speeds on their famous Autobahns. If you are choosing to bring your car when you move to Germany from Italy, France or anywhere else, remember to keep your vehicle documents and insurance in your vehicle, and avoid speeding or using your mobile phone while driving.

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What else to expect when living in Germany

  • Germany has strict regulations on the quality of food and goods produced, so you can expect higher quality than you may be used to if you are moving to Germany from Italy, USA and UK which will explain higher living costs.
  • Although a large proportion of Germans do speak English, it is always a good idea to try to learn the language – as it goes a long way with the locals and will help you to settle into life in Germany much easier.
  • Cycling is very popular in Germany, as an alternative to driving, and they have dedicated roads in major cities to encourage people. This is a great idea to lower the average costs of moving to Germany.

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MOVING DESTINATIONS

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Moving to Germany from Canada

Many expats moving to Germany from Canada often wonder how long it takes for a parcel to arrive in Germany, and what is the cheapest way to move furniture to Germany? With Eurosender’s express shipping, your parcel of up to 70kg can arrive within 24-48 hours, worldwide. You can estimate a price for shipping furniture to Germany from Canada now, on our booking engine and our team of experts will tailor a solution to suit any sided move. You can begin to calculate your cost of moving house to Germany, on our easy to use booking channel.

Moving to Germany from Australia

Crossing oceans to immigrate to Germany from Australia, you might be wondering how you can save on your average cost of moving to Germany, and looking for the cheapest and most reliable services to move furniture to Germany. With Eurosender’s solutions for international removals to Germany, look no further. Our booking platform will match you with the best service available to move your personal belongings to Germany, and give you the best price available across our vast network of logistics experts. You can reach out to our team right now and discuss your cost of moving to Germany, or simulate an instant price for standard or express shipping for up to 70kg.

Moving to Germany from the UK

Whether you’re moving to Germany from the UK to take a new job opportunity, or simply looking to experience life in continental Europe, Eurosender has a solution to suit any sized move and any urgency. With our express options for shipping your belongings to Germany, your belongings can be delivered in as little as 24 hours, and our dedicated van delivery is perfect for those looking for the cheapest way to move furniture to Germany. Reach out to our team of experts today, to discuss moving to Germany from the UK.


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