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Finding accommodation

Many students in Germany live in halls of residence. The rooms are affordable and you can get to know other students quickly. The find student hall option on the Study in Germany website will assist you in your search for a hall of residence at your preferred university. In addition to this, DAAD provides comprehensive information on applying for a hall of residence. You will find the addresses of student support services on the website of the Deutsches Studentenwerk (German National Association for Student Affairs). The International Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt) at your university will also help you with your search. 

You will find more information on finding accommodation in Germany in the section Living in Germany.
 

Registering your place of residence

Every time you move house in Germany you need to register with the Einwohnermeldeamt (residents’ registration office). You have a week to do so once you have found accommodation. You can also register your new address at the citizens registration office (Bürgeramt). You can obtain the address of the residents’ registration office or the citizens registration office from the Akademisches Auslandsamt or International Office of your university. You can find the addresses of the International Offices on the DAAD website.
 

Opening a bank account

You need a bank account in Germany in order to make payments such as rent quickly and easily. You should therefore open a current account (Girokonto) with a bank in Germany as soon as possible. Most institutions offer an account of this sort for students free of charge. 

You will find more information, for example what documents you require in order to apply for an account, in the section Living in Germany.

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