Being new to a foreign country can be quite overwhelming. To help you get started, we offer some helpful advice on getting accustomed to life in Germany!
Medical treatment in Germany is very good. The German health care system is supported by a dense network of well-trained doctors. You can get medication from the pharmacy.
You can find very good bargains at discount stores. But opening hours are restricted in Germany – and most shops are closed on Sundays. You should also compare prices. With your student ID, you can save a lot of money.
With a German SIM card, you can phone your friends and fellow students inexpensively. You can either sign a phone contract or purchase a pre-paid card. There are reasonable offers available to students.
Most student halls of residence and flat-shares in Germany have Internet access. But it’s not a problem if you don’t have your own personal connection. You can send letters and parcels with the Deutsche Post.
Germany is a safe country for international standards. The police are trustworthy and offer help whenever they are needed. If you have other problems, you can contact your country’s diplomatic mission in Germany.
Germany has a very dense transportation network. There are many ways to travel from place to place in cities and throughout the country – be it by bicycle, bus, or rail.
"You need to be active in the social networks. There are lots of student groups which you can join. That helped me to settle in." (Claudia Sena de Freitas from Brazil studies at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.)