Your to-do list to most things when settling in Berlin

Your top 10 first things to do 🙂

This neat timeline you see underneath will help you set a to-do list to make sure you do things in the right order.
Please allow a few seconds of your precious time to load it fully. If you see anything missing, let me know. 🙂

(1) – Find a proper job

 

You need that sweet sweet cash to afford those nights out at Wilde Renate. Let’s see how to get a good job in Berlin.

(2) – Find a flat share

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A nice place to live could be useful too. WGs are a good option.

(2 bis) – Rent your own flat

 

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Prefer to live on your own ? Nice choice too.

(3) – Anmeldung

anmeldung-timeline

Got a place where to live already ? Then you must go through a pinacle of German administration. A simple but compulsory registration that will help a lot for what’s next for you.

(4) – Health Insurance

Source: Giphy.com

Source: Giphy.com

God bless Germany for its most complex health care administration. This way to understand the system a little bit better.

(5) – Sorting your Tax ID out

Credits: Giphy.com

Credits: Giphy.com

Nothing says “I live here” better than paying taxes. You will need to get a tax ID for that.

(6) – Opening a bank account

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You got the monies. Now you need somewhere safe to put the monies. Here is a suggestion and a guide.

(7) – Mobile phone plan

mobile-phone-timeline

 

Look at you being all popular ! You’ll need a phone line to keep in touch with all those new friends. Pre-paid or subscription, with or without hardware, we tell you how.

(8) – Insurances you should really consider

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One is never too careful about being covered. A broad introduction to different kinds of compulsory and complimentary insurance you should really think about.

(9) – Finding the best internet provider in Germany

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Homesick already? You want to skype with Dad & Mum but you ain’t go any internet connection. A quick intro.

(10)- Steuererklärung – Tax refund

 

Credits: Giphy.com (Davisbot)

Credits: Giphy.com (Davisbot)

Every year, you can get some of your taxes by doing a tax statement. Yes, free money!

22 Comments

  • Reply Lizbeth Carrasco 23/03/2017 at 14:33

    Hi there . Im almost arriving to Berlin to do my masters in April (I come from a Caribbean Country called Dominican Republic) and this page has been really helpful. I have a question regarding the Fee that Germany charges for radio, tv services, I read somewhere that it could be up to 280Euros a year, do you happen to know any info about this.

    Thanks

    Best regards,

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 23/03/2017 at 16:33

      Lizbeth, i have written a dedicated post about this. You can find all the info there.

  • Reply Lin 07/03/2017 at 19:36

    Hi. Looove this site. Maybe its a stupid question but can I get moved to Berlin and get all the needed documents and then go looking for a job? My ideal plan is to find simple job at first to pay the bills and then actually go looking for something my degree… Im from EU country.

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 08/03/2017 at 09:16

      Hi Lin. Yes, i don’t see why it wouldn’t be possible.

  • Reply Ena 21/02/2017 at 00:05

    Hi,
    I friend of mine lives in Berlin almost 5 years. Hi have not paid the tax for Deutschlandradio. Is it possible that he hasn’t received warning before a lawsuit? He have received only “Rundfunkbeitrag” (not every month). May you write me, where he can check this information (about warning before a lawsuit or something similar) and whether he will have some consequences?

    Thank You,
    Ena

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 21/02/2017 at 09:54

      Hi Ena. I have written a dedicated post on the topic this way. You will find all relevant information there.

  • Reply Sierra 24/11/2016 at 16:01

    Hello,
    Wonderful website you have with such valuable information, thank you for providing it.

    I am just slightly confused by this timeline, hopefully someone can help…I was under the impression you had to get the anmeldung before the visa (if you are filing for artist visa). But the timeline here shows the visa as the first thing to get before the anmeldung. Could someone clarify for me? 🙂

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 24/11/2016 at 19:06

      You are here on a tourist visa i suppose -> your register with the anmeldung -> your apply for the artist visa.

  • Reply Farrukh Abbas 17/10/2016 at 22:01

    Hi,
    Had a chance to go through your web page and i must say its an amazing site and you had put so much material to guide new comers to Berlin with less difficulty. I’ll be travelling to Germany in Nov and trying to find a short term apartment for my wife and 2 kids (6 years & 1 year). can you please advise how many rooms my temporary apartment should have and whats the cheap area that i can rent for few weeks or month untill i can find a long term apartment.
    Thanks & Regards,

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 18/10/2016 at 09:54

      hey there Farrukh. I’m glad you like the site. With 2 kids, i guess you will need 2 bedrooms if your kids can share one. In terms of area, i cant point to something specific as you probably have your own parameters to take into account. You will see quickly what the market is like here on the website i suggest on this page. Good luck.

  • Reply Noelia Cabane 07/07/2016 at 22:49

    Hi there, great article!
    I just moved to Berlin with a working visa (not EU) and now I’m living in an Airbnb, the problem is that I need to open an account to get a SIM card, and then I need a phone to open a bank account. Also I have an appointment for Anmeldung in 08.08 which is next month? what should I do? can do something outside the circle of dependencies?

    • Reply settle_in_Berlin 08/07/2016 at 17:38

      How about pre-paid options? Did you have a look at options on this page?

  • Reply Don 23/06/2016 at 23:45

    Hello! Thanks for this great site. I have a timing question that I was hoping you could help with. I’ll be coming to Berlin in August for about a week, and leaving stuff with friends. I’ll then need to travel to the UK for a couple of weeks, and will return to Berlin September 1 or so. I was considering making my (Freelancer) visa application during that week in August, but am concerned that I might be asked to come back to bring supporting documents or something in the weeks following my application. Do you have any sense of whether or not this is a common part of the process? Do the authorities often ask for applicants to return with supplementary materials or documents, or is a pretty much a one-time visit and then you just wait and see?

    I would wait until September, but I am starting a class on September 15, and I’d like to reassure them that my visit is taken care of as soon as possible.

    Thanks for any advice you can offer!

    • Reply settle_in_Berlin 24/06/2016 at 14:40

      It’s hard to give a definitive answer. (Have you seen this page btw about visas?). It really depends on your nationality, visa requirements, etc. I have known people that needed to go there only one time and others that missed some documents and had to go back. Just make sure you know all the requirements and all the documents to need to bring. Also, giving the processing time it requires, i doubt they will ask you to come again before you are back in Berlin.

      • Reply Don 24/06/2016 at 22:23

        Thank you!

  • Reply Ivan Lee 05/04/2016 at 20:08

    Hello,

    I came to Berlin with my wife a week ago to travel Germany and learn German. Before coming to Germany, I applied for a masters program that starts in October, and I found out yday I got admitted. I have yet to apply for a student visa.

    How can my wife stay in Germany with me? We are both us citizens, and we can finance our stay here.

    Thank you.

    • Reply settle_in_Berlin 05/04/2016 at 20:34

      Visa issues are quite complex and work on one-to-one basis. I am myself not well versed into it. Have you seen this page ?, Expath’s coaching could really help you go through the process if you need it.

  • Reply leo 22/02/2016 at 12:25

    I’m in love with your blog thank you so much 🙂

  • Reply Alex 15/01/2016 at 13:27

    The link seems to be broke. Also, is this mobile or landline phone plan?

    • Reply settle_in_Berlin 15/01/2016 at 15:45

      Fixed. thank you for letting me know. This one is for mobile, if you want landline, it usually comes with internet that you can see here.

  • Reply Ela 09/01/2014 at 17:24

    I think you should mention Aufenthaltserlaubnis as well, as it’s easy to forget.

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