WORKING ABROAD / AUG. 14, 2013
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Moving to Berlin

As a multicultural capital full of life, Berlin offers amazing opportunities for jobseekers and graduates. Three times cheaper than London, Berlin will allow you to live a quality lifestyle on a beginner’s salary.

There is a little bit of everything in Berlin. Lately, lots of graduates from England, France and Spain have moved to this big exciting city in Europe to kick start their careers.

Here some tips to move to the big city:

  1. Learn to speak English or French. Even though speaking German will make the process of searching for a flat and a job easier, life will be much easier for you if you know these additional languages too. Fortunately in Germany, English is used almost everywhere. Once you are established in the city you can apply to join one of the thousands of German language teaching programs. There are all type of options, part time, intensive, business, at home lessons, Skype lessons etc. Just find the option that best suits you and start learning German!
  2. Finding the ideal quarter. Berlin is bigger than Paris. The East side of Berlin is normally for young people, is cheaper and has more night life. For students: Friedrichshain, for hippies: Mitter, for the chic middle class and young parents: Prenzlauer Berg, the cosmopolitan area: Kreutzberg, for the new, fashionable but affordable quarters: Wedding and Neuköln, for my parents: Savigny Platz, for Russians: Charlottenburg…
  3. Get yourself a bike! The public transport in Berlin is quite expensive because of the distances within the city. You can get a bicycle for a very good price in one of the flea markets - Berlin is great for riding them! The city is actually different when riding it. It’s quite a flat city therefore it will make your life healthier and cheaper to move around with a bike!
  4. Making your Anmeldung. It’s a necessary procedure which will give you a load of forms to fill in, and a library card. Basically, it tells the administration where you live. And if you don’t provide the required information within two weeks after  you have moved in, you will have to pay your first German fine! Registration takes place in the town hall and as for the translation, take a look here: -> http://www.connexion-francaise.com/articles/anmeldung-linscription-obligatoire-en-mairie
  5. Looking after your health. If you get a German contract, you will have to choose a local insurance company which will give you a card (your employer will help you, the procedure is incomprehensible for mere mortals). Each European Embassy has a list of English doctors and dentists in Berlin which is very useful.

Start your German adventure. It is a great city to move to! Full of possibilities and with high-quality life standards!

Good Luck!

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