The ultimate checklist for your move to Munich
TIMEHOUSE Munich introduces you to the must-haves and to-dos for your upcoming move.
Have you decided to move to Munich for your work, project or other reasons? Congratulations on this big step! So that your first time in a foreign city is not marked by social loneliness and bureaucratic hurdles, we at TIMEHOUSE have compiled the ultimate check list for your move to Munich.
Before the move
1) Clarify the formalities
If you come from a third country (i.e. not a citizen of a member state of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland), you may need a VISA and a working title for entry. It is best to seek advice from your Federal Foreign Office.
2) Think about your new home base
The most important question in such a project as a move is “where should I live in the new city?” This quickly leads to further ambiguities, such as “to which neighbourhood should I move?”, “where can I meet similarly thinking people?” and “which restaurants offer me the same quality I was used to at home?”. Many question marks, one answer: TIMEHOUSE. We at TIMEHOUSE Munich give you a second home. Our apartments are designed to meet all expectations of long stay guests. We want to make your first time after moving as easy as possible. At TIMEHOUSE you will meet like-minded people and have the opportunity to focus on the many other things such a move entails.
3) Open a German bank account
Please note, that before you can open a bank account at a german bank, you must first visit the Einwohnermeldeamt for your registration.
4) Leave everything old behind
Before you leave your old home for good, don´t forget to cancel or redirect all existing contracts (internet, electricity, gas, etc.).
The first day
5) Get to the city
Especially with large suitcases the S-Bahn is probably not the right choice, even though it would be a quick alternative to taxi. You want to drive by yourself? No problem: car sharing services are also available in Munich, just like DriveNow, car2go etc
6) Make sure you get good food
Immediately after your arrival your stomach might growl because of the strenuous journey. Our team at TIMEHOUSE is pleased to show you the best delivery services or restaurants in Munich. Let your first evening in Munich become a great entry into your new home and do not spend this night on the search for a great restaurant.
The first few weeks
7) Register yourself in Munich
Within two weeks of moving, you must report your new address (ideally Leopoldstraße 204a in 80804 Munich) to the Einwohnermeldeamt. This step is also important if you want to open a bank account. If you need a Wohnungsgeberbestätigung for the Einwohnermeldeamt, we will be happy to provide you this confirmation.
8) Apply for a tax number
If you are not employed by a company but work independently, you must apply for a tax or identification number.
9) Think about insurance
Self-employed persons must register independently for a health insurance company.
10) Get mobile
As soon as you have arrived in Munich, you should think about your mobility: whether car sharing account (car2go, DriveNow or Stattauto), E-scooter rental (Emmy) or the classic bicycle, stay mobile, because Munich not only offers interesting places in the city, but also has a beautiful surrounding area.
The first few months
11) Visit some or all of these places
Discovering a new city with all its facets definitely makes fun. In Munich, for example, you can visit the highlights every travel guide tells you such as Marienplatz, English Garden, Frauenkirche or Hofbräuhaus. But you can also – and we at TIMEHOUSE recommend that – simply stroll through the old alleys and browse through small design boutiques or take a day stroll along the Isar and sip a cappuccino. For those who are looking for something special, we recommend surfing on the Eisbach in the English Garden, spectacular!
12) Take part in the Oktoberfest
If you don´t want to buy a “Tracht”, no problem. In Munich there are numerous “Dirndl” and “Lederhosen” rental services. We recommend a visit around noon, because then the Wiesn has a special charm. The Augustiner Zelt has a cosy atmosphere and is also visited by the people of Munich.
13) Learn Business German
There is a big difference between being able to order a beer or a room and being able to communicate with your business partners in the national language in an upscale way. In order for you to be able to score points with your business German skills during your stay in Munich, we recommend that you invest a few free evenings in a language course for professionals. You will notice: the effort is worth it and your counterpart will appreciate the effort!
You already live in Munich and think we have forgotten the most important thing? Please feel free to write us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what you like us to add.