Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled answers for frequently asked questions by British people and businesses who plan on living and trading in Germany and the EU.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you only need a passport.
Yes, all EU citizens are allowed to live and work in Germany therefore it would be easier to relocate before Britain leaves the EU.
Yes, all EU citizens are allowed to study in Germany. However, as the studies are in the German language, it is expected that you will be fluent enough in both, spoken and written German, in order to master the subject.
On average university fees work out at around 250 Euros per term.
Yes, health insurance is a legal requirement in Germany. There are private and state health insurance policies which vary in cost and services and should be chosen carefully.
Medical care in Germany, whether state funded or private, is amongst the best in the world.
Many Germans do speak English to a certain extent and it might be possible to find a job and social environment where German language skills are not required. However, in order to make a success of your social and professional life strong language skills are invaluable.
As EU citizen you would simply have to register at the Residents’ Registry Office. Non-EU citizens need to apply for a standard residential permit at the Foreigners’ Office.
It is the norm to rent unfurnished flats or houses in Germany. Costs for these can vary considerably depending on the region or city. Adverts can be found online and in local newspapers and usually contain a slang of abbreviations and expressions specific to the German property market. The same applies to the complex rental contracts. A deposit of one to three months is payable in advance and tenancy agreements usually run for longer periods, therefore we recommend seeking advice before renting.
Most people rent but if you should decide to stay long enough, buying a house or flat or even building your own home might be a viable option.
Depending on where you live the rent will take up between 15% to 35% of a gross average income. The majority of everyday purchases are cheaper than in Britain. Most other goods as well as eating out and nightlife are also cheaper. In general, people with an average income manage to maintain a good standard of living without the need to overdraw their bank account at the end of the month – quite the contrary, most are able to put money aside.
If you are an employee your tax payments, along with your national contributions, will be handled by the employer. If you are self-employed you are required to pay these yourself, however, we strongly recommend commissioning a tax advisor to do this for you as the German taxation system very complex.
With your passport and possibly your residential registration card/confimation you can open an account at any bank, savings bank or Postbank. The services offered are roughly the same as in the UK.
Germany has a very efficient transport system with free motorways, railways, many airports and regional public transport at affordable rates.
No. Primary and secondary schools are free, the only cost would be necessary learning materials.
In some cities/regions they are free and in others charges apply. You can enquire at the local nursery authority.
As far as traditional workplaces are concerned, these are more formal; hierarchy is respected and you are expected to be punctual and to the point. In general, this degree of efficiency allows you to work less hours. If you are working in modern industries (media, creative etc.) you will find these are very similar to anywhere else in the Western world.
If professional life seems regimented to you, you would be surprised how sociable Germans can be. This is because they separate between work and leisure time which is reserved for friends, family, enjoyment and a beer or two.

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