An expat's life in Germany

From finding an apartment to finding an English-speaking doctor, from paying taxes to the mighty German health insurance system, all of your questions – and probably some questions you didn’t even know you should be asking – will be answered here. So, sit back, relax and enjoy. We’ve got you covered.

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6 awkward - but true - German stereotypes

You’ve been here a while now and are finally feeling brave enough to start making some German friends. But Achtung – there are some social no-nos in Germany that could trip you up no matter how good your intentions. Read on and you’ll soon be “new friend” Fehler-proof.

How to register at an address in Germany

Now that you’ve found a place to live, the next step is to register your address. This is probably not how you want to spend your time, but it’s compulsory so read on for our tips on how to get through it as quickly and painlessly as possible!

How to pay your TV Tax in Germany

If you haven’t already received a letter from the ARD ZDF Deutschlandradio Beitragsservice (catchy), you will very soon. As with most things in Germany, it’s good to be prepared. Read on to find out what it is, why it exists, who has to pay it, how to pay it, and who is exempt.

How to find an apartment in Germany

Finding a place to call home can be difficult at the best of times, but in a new country and in a language you might not understand, it can be even more daunting. Where do you even start? Right here, as it turns out, with our helpful guide to finding an apartment in Germany!

How to recycle like a German

Black bin, blue bin, yellow bin, brown bin... welcome to the world of rainbow recycling in Germany. Most foreigners are baffled by the waste separation rules when they first arrive so if you want to be a good German, not bug your neighbours and get ahead of the expat pack, read on!

What's the best way to learn German?

Herzlich Willkommen in Deutschland! If you don’t know what that means, you definitely need to read this article. Your life here will be infinitely easier if you learn (at least a little of) the language, and we provide you with some tips on how to do just that here.