Immigrate to Vienna. Things you should know before moving to Vienna
What to know about living in Vienna
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Visa regulations for Austria
EU citizens moving to Vienna don’t need a visa for Austria, but there are some other things you should keep in mind.
- Citizens from the EU/EEA countries don’t need visas or work permits. However, they have to apply for permanent residence within 4 months after arriving in the country.
- Citizens from non-EU/EEA countries need a visa for Austria, a work permit and a residence permit. Contact your local embassy for the documents and requirements for the country that you hail from.
- The “Red-White-Red” card is an option for highly skilled workers who found employment in Austria. This document will allow you to stay up to 1 year in Austria.
- With a “Jobseeker” or work visa, you can stay up to 6 months looking for a job. This visa type doesn’t allow you to work in Austria and is only available for highly skilled workers from non-EU countries.
Property information. Rentals in Vienna
A good place to look for accommodation is in the local newspapers which have special sections with real estate listings. Just as popular are online listings where you can also find a huge range of rentals in Vienna.
Some things to keep in mind when you are looking for an apartment in Vienna:
- The average renting cost for a 1-bedroom apartment is €700 per month. If you are immigrating to Vienna with family, a 3-bedroom apartment will cost you around €1,700 per month.
- For short- and middle-term rent (from 1-12 months) most apartments come completely furnished. For long-term rent, the opposite goes.
- Unlike in other countries, tenants have many rights in Vienna. When you have problems with your accommodation and your landlord is not responsive, go to one of the many organisations that provide tenants with legal advice.
- Buying real estate for foreigners is not that easy and only possible when you are a long-time resident.
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LIVING IN VIENNA
The cost of living in Vienna
- The Vienna pass gives you access to all the main attractions in Vienna. It will help you save big time when you are visiting multiple museums, galleries etc.
- Lunches are much cheaper than dinners, so you can easily save the cost of living in Vienna when you make lunch the main meal of the day.
- Public transport has many different options to save money, including discount cards, weekend passes and much more.
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The job market in Vienna
Work in Vienna is respected, well-paid and offers you the opportunity to live and work in one of the world’s wealthiest cities. There are job opportunities for expats moving to Vienna in almost any sphere. But keep in mind that the competition is also stiff, as you are not the only one who wants to enjoy the perks of living and working in the capital of Austria. The majority of vacancies expats will find are in the service industry, agriculture and tourism. The average salary in Vienna is €4,570 per month.
Schools and education in Vienna
If you are relocating to Vienna with family, here’s what you need to know about the education system of Austria. Public schools are free for everyone living in Vienna, while private schools are not that common, as the quality of public schools is outstanding. International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student living in Austria. International schools usually follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, France, Canada or Australia/New Zealand. Higher education in Vienna is of extremely high quality and many students from all around the world come to attend the universities of Austria.
Healthcare in Vienna
With healthcare in Vienna, you can be sure that you have access to some of the best medical facilities in the world. Here are a few things that caught our eye:
- Everyone who is employed by an Austrian company has healthcare insurance.
- Private healthcare insurance is merely used to get better quality while staying in a hospital (for example, a private room) or for treatments which are not covered by standard insurance.
- Most doctors, nurses and other medical employees speak at least one foreign language most of the time. So, in most cases, there is no need for an interpreter.
- Every district in Vienna has at least one pharmacy that works around the clock.
Driving in Vienna. Should I get a driving licence for Austria?
To drive in Vienna, you need to have a driving licence, passport, insurance documents and proof of ownership (V5C certificate) with you. Keep in mind that carrying these documents is mandatory and violating the rules will lead to fines.
Citizens from Non-EU countries also need an International Driving Permit (IDP) to be allowed to drive in Austria.
From 1 November to 15 April it is obligatory to have winter tires on your vehicle for driving in Austria.
What else to expect when living in Vienna as a foreigner
Living in Vienna might be a little different from living in your home country. So, that is why we have listed several things that both expats and locals pointed out to us.
- Vienna is divided into neighbourhoods (called “Bezirke”) which are numbered and named. The district you choose determines your daily commute, entertainment facilities on walking distance and proximity to the shops. So, consider these things when choosing your accommodation for living in Vienna.
- As many expats immigrated to Vienna from different countries, there are numerous organisations to help you settle and build up local social life.
- Even though most Viennese speak a foreign language and you may only hang out with fellow expats, learning German will improve the quality of your stay in Vienna.
- Most shops are closed on Sundays so plan your shopping beforehand.
- The “Meldezettel” is your proof of residence in Vienna, and you need it for everything from getting a library card to obtaining a public transport pass.
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