Living in Germany

Germany is one of the most developed countries in Europe. Many foreigners come to study in Germany, and some of them manage to find a job and stay in the country. However, getting a job in Germany can be difficult, especially if you are a non-EU citizen. However, there are other ways to get a permanent residence in Germany.

Non-EU citizens who want to stay in the country for longer than ninety days need to have a residence permit. There are 2 different types of residence permit. You will have to contact the local Foreigners Office (if you have a valid visa, of course). The purpose of your stay and the number of times you can re-enter the country are specified in your visa. A visa is issued for a limited period, and it is not a residence permit. Citizens of Canada, United States, Japan, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, and Israel can come to Germany without a visa.

To get a permanent residence permit, you need to provide evidence that you’ve worked in the country (and paid taxes, of course) for at least five years. You will also have to do some tests to prove how well you speak German, and how much you know about the social and legal systems of the country.

Life in Germany is safe and stable. It is one of the most powerful economies in the European Union.

Health Care System

The health-care system in Germany is one of the best medical systems in the world. All residents have to be insured for an outpatient and hospital treatment.

All residents must have either private or state health insurance. This is one of the legal requirements for getting a residence permit. Public health insurance covers nearly 90 % of the population. Adult patients pay 10 € in cash (per quarter), which will be due once you make the first appointment to see a dentist or a doctor.


It is not very easy to find accommodation in Germany. The prices are quite high, and renting conditions are restrictive. For example, you have to pay in advance, and you also have to provide many documents before you can rent an apartment.

Rent prices are different, depending on the city, region, or even neighborhood. Prices are very high in Bavaria, Dachau, and Munich. The prices in Eastern Germany and Berlin are more affordable. You should visit a real estate agency and learn more about the prices and conditions. Cheaper apartments are unfurnished (in most cases). Rent doesn’t include electricity or gas, but it can include maintenance, water and heating. You will have to pay a 3-months’ rent deposit and you will probably have to prove you’re employed.

The cost of living in Germany  is high, but  salaries  are high, too.