Having just moved to Munich, my friend Marcus and I (both Auslandsjahrstudenten) decided to create a check-list of things that you need to do once you arrive. We hope you find our tips both detailed and useful. Our step-by-step guide is ideal for anyone going to live, work or study in Munich (and indeed Germany) this year.
IMPORTANT – be sure to carry your passport with you at all times. If you fail to adhere to this and are stopped by a Police Officer (Polizeibeamter) then you are liable to be arrested.
1: At the airport
Follow signs to the S-Bahn. The logo is easy to recognise – it is a green circle with a white S in the centre. Before you take the escalator down to the platform, ensure that you have purchased a ticket from the ticket desk. The best value ticket you can buy is the Streifenkarte for 12€. Which should last for a few days.
2: Anmeldung (registration):
Within the first few days of arriving you must register your presence with the City authorities. In Munich this can be done at the Kreisverwaltungsreferat. The nearest Tube station is Poccistraße which can be found on the blue/red U6/U3 line. Take your passport with you. At the end of this process you will be given a Anmeldebestätigung. Congratulations you are now officially a citizen of Munich!
3: Bank account
Setting up a bank account in Germany is very easy. As long as you have a permanent address and Passport you will be able to open an account. We recommend Deutsche Bank as it gives you free cash withdrawals in over 30 countries. They also have a free student account (Das Junge Konto).
4: Mobile phone
Telekom (T-Mobile) and Vodafone are the two biggest phone companies, but look around for deals. To set up a monthly contract you need to have a bank account, but “Prepaid” (Pay as You Go) accounts can be set up in store in a matter of minutes.
5: Registration at LMU – Ludwig-Maximilians Universität Immatrikulationsbescheinigung
6: Student Travel pass
The transport system in Munich is run by MVV (Münchner Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund) as opposed to Deutsche Bahn. To get a travel pass for the U-Bahn, S-Bahn, Metro etc with a student discount you will need to following:
- If working, bring a copy of your Praktikumsvertrag (work contract) stamped by your University and employer
- If studying just bring a copy of your Immatrikulationsbescheinigung (Student registration certificate)
- Passport-style photo (35X45mm)
- Ausweis (Passport)
- Anmeldebestätigung (registration certificate: see 2)
- Mietvertrag (copy of your rental agreement)
7: Lohnsteuerkarte (Income Tax card):
Two weeks after you have registered with the city you will receive a tax number. At which point you will be able to register and get a Lohnsteuerkarte (Income tax card). This is done at the Finanzamt (nearest station Hackerbrücke – S1-8) NOT at the Kreisverwaltungsreferat.
If you are struggling with any aspects of your life in Munich the best advice is to visit your nearest Consulate. The British Consulate is located at Möhlstraße 5, 81675 München. The nearest U-Bahn stop is Prinzregentenplatz accessible from the green U4 line. They are very helpful and have answers to everything!
Good Luck and enjoy your stay in München!