Administration in Germany
The first thing you will learn about the Germans is that they love their bureaucracy. Especially in the beginning this might be a bit annoying, as there are so many things you need to do. But after you have taken care of all this you will understand, that everything only works thanks to the German bureaucracy. All you need to do is follow all the rules and you will never have a problem at all, e.g. corruption is no problem in Germany at all.
German bank account
The most important thing to do after moving to Germany is to open a German bank account. If you want to rent an apartment the landlords will most definitely will ask for a German bank account and your last 3 payslips as proof of income. If you don’t have a German bank account yet continue reading our tips for the best German bank accounts.
German Internet provider
After you moved into your new home you will need to sign up with one of the many German internet providers. This process will take up to 4 weeks as they need to send a technician to your place and to get you hooked up. If you depend on having internet you should either have a mobile phone contract with enough mobile data or check if your internet provider can provide you with a surfstick until your internet at home works. Continue reading about the best German internet providers here.
German mobile phone contract
In order not to spend a fortune on roaming costs you should get a proper German mobile phone contract as fast as possible. In general make sure that you have a flatrate for all mobile networks and German land line phones and enough mobile data so you can surf with your smartphone without limitations. Continue reading our article about the best German mobile phone contracts.
German electricity provider
Once you move into your new appartment you will automatically be signed up with the “Grundversorger”. This Grundversorger will deliver electricity to you from the moment you move in until you either move out or you sign up with an alternative electricity provider. We definitely recommend the later as that will save you a lot of money. Continue reading about the best German electricity provider.