Help is here: online resources in English!
July • 1st, 2019
by Expat in the City Team
Websites that provide information for expats in Germany
When you are (soon to be) moving to a new country or city probably the first place you’ll look for information about your new place of residence is Google. And Google is great, but there is so much information out there, that it is easy to get (even more) lost in the sea of information.
A really good source for finding info about all the practical, perhaps somewhat boring (but important!), stuff about the ‘how’s’ and ‘where’s’ of your new home are the websites of the municipalities and non-commercial sites that are full of information.
Most of these sites provide their info in German, however, there are some of them that offer their information in English, which helps a lot when you don’t speak German yet.
Here is a selection of resources in English. Starting at the very beginning: registration in Munich.
1. Registration at the Bürgerburo at Kreisverwaltungsreferat (for EU citizens)
One of the first things you need to do when you start your life in Munich is to register at the BurgerBüro (Residence Registration Office) at the Kreisverwaltungsreferat (KVR in short). The City of Munich translates this to the department of Public Order.
When registering at one of the six Bürgerburo’s don’t forget to bring your valid passport or identification card. In addition you need to present a written confirmation by your landlord or property owner. This is called a Wohnungsgeberbestätigung.
How to download this form (in German) and what else you can do at the Bürgerburo can be found via this link:
2. Gas, electricity & water
When you live in Munich you will need several utilities such as energy, gas and water. The municipal utility company SWM (Stadwerke München) provides these services. M-strom provides electricity and M-Wasser is the provider for water.
Here you can find more info about the products they offer in English:
3. The German education system explained
When you have children in the school-going age it helps a lot to know about the German school system as it most likely differs a lot from where you are from. On this website you can find short to-the-point information about all things related to the German school system.
One thing we want to point out is the search tool provided by the city of Munich to find a kindergarten. The tool is in German, but an extensive instruction in English can also be found on the website. So if you are looking for daycare for your little one(s) this is a good starting point:
4. General information in English provided by the City of Munich.
The City of Munich has put together lots of helpful information for the international community in Munich in English. On this site you can find lots of tips about topics such as finding a place to live, International schools and things to do in and around Munich. It is a good starting point for anyone moving to Munich.
And If you need any help finding the right resources that can speak English you can also always check out the Expat in the City Expat Services on this website!