It's easy to get a bank account in Germany. All you need is your residence card, proof of address and passport. Bring some cash if you want to open an account immediately. Have a look at our page on banking and finances for more information.
Your best bet on finding a place to stay is through online portals. There are many different areas and options, depending on your budget and taste. If it's too much of a headache to sift through the websites, you can try property agents. They take all of the stress and hassle out of apartment searching. Find more information on our Accommodation in Berlin page.
The public transport in Berlin is excellent, and bar the peak times, you will get where you need to be quickly. The taxis are plentiful and cheaper than other European capitals, and there are trams, buses, trains and bicycle lanes all over the city. Read our page on getting around in Berlin as well for even more information.
Are you moving to Berlin with family? It's always easier to familiarise yourself with a new city when you're not alone. A lot of expats also say they make friends with people from work. What work will you be doing?
Expat Health Insurance
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With Cigna, you won't have to rely on foreign public health care systems, which may not meet your needs. Cigna allows you to speak to a doctor on demand, for consultations or instant advice, wherever you are in the world. They also offer full cancer care across all levels of cover, and settle the cost of treatments directly with the provider. Cigna is currently offering a 10% discount for seniors (over 60) on their Silver package.
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