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Berlin Relocation Tips

Moving to Berlin

Arrange medium-term accommodation well before you move to Berlin. This way, you can get to know the city and organise all your admin during your first few weeks abroad, whilst having somewhere comfortable to go back to at night. Organising a place to stay in advance will also calm your nerves prior to departure and ease the pressure of having to find long-term accommodation immediately. Take a look at some of the medium-term rentals in Berlin, here on FlatClub.

In terms of more permanent housing, the city provides numerous living opportunities that are suitable for a wide range of financial and length of stay considerations. Make the most of your medium-term accommodation by organizing plenty of viewings whilst you are staying there. This way, you can really get to know what is available on the market and what your budget can afford. Be sure to ask about furnishings and other conveniences such as if utilities and if they are included in the rent.

Have a check-up with your doctor and dentist before you go. Also stock up on prescriptions to take with you – you'll most likely be able to get them when you’re living in Berlin, but it is just another thing to worry about.

Healthcare in Berlin

Germany has a mandatory healthcare insurance arrangement and all of its citizens opt for either public or private coverage under the governing system. This means that if you apply for residency or similar legal status in Germany, and you live and work in Berlin, you are legally required to enroll in the government sponsored plan or obtain private insurance coverage.

If you plan on using health insurance from home to meet this requirement, you will first have to determine if your coverage complies with German eligibility guidelines before you move to Berlin.

For EU citizens, the entitlement to healthcare that is associated with the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is applicable in Berlin.

Opening a Bank Account

In order to set up an account, you will need to do the following:

  • Establish residency. You will need to either possess a residency (or student) permit or be a registered citizen of the EU/EEA to open a bank account while in Berlin.
  • EU/EEA citizens can request a free movement permit in lieu of residency documentation.
  • Once your residency is established, take some time to find a bank that suits your needs. This is especially important if you need assistance in a language other than German.
  • Keep banking fees in mind, as well as the type of access the bank will allow to your funds.
  • After selecting your bank, you will need to present them with the following documentation: residency permit, passport and proof of your address. If you are applying for a student account, you will need documentation confirming your educational status.
  • Make sure you sign up to receive a EuroCheque card, which will provide you with ATM privileges and other benefits.

Once your complete your paperwork, you just have to wait for your EC-card to arrive in the mail.