In Potsdam & Berlin


In your first few weeks in Germany, there are a few important formalities to take care of so that you can enjoy a successful start to your stay here. Different provisions will apply to you depending on whether you have a work contract or a scholarship, and whether or not you come from the EU.

The following pages provide useful information about getting started in Potsdam and Berlin. Please read this information carefully. There are checklists and/or information sheets to download at the bottom of most pages.

We have also assembled tips and information on language courses, athletic and cultural activities, and important addresses for your everyday life in Potsdam and Berlin.

We'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Government Agencies

Information on registration, residence permits, and the Tax Office


Information on health, pension, social and liability insurance


Information on childcare, schools, financial support and leisure time activities for families


Information on enrolling as a doctoral student at the University of Potsdam and the universities in Berlin


Information on guest houses, dormitories, private housing, unfurnished apartments, as well as pensions, hostels and hotels in Potsdam and Berlin