Your first steps in a new country


Welcome to Berlin!

To make it easier for you to get to know your new home, we have compiled some important information for you in the section below.

Welcome to Berlin!

To make it easier for you to get to know your new home, we have compiled some important information for you.


Step #1: Find an apartment

You may find the website ImmobilienScout24 helpful here, as well as the apartments offered by Berliner Sparkasse.
Rental prices depend on the respective district and location. The Rental Map of Berlin (Miet-Map Berlin) gives you an idea of what you can expect to pay in rent.

Also of interest:
Neighbourhood Map of Berlin (Wohnlagenkarte Berlin)

Step #2: Registration & Visa

Once you have found your accommodation in Berlin, it is very important to register in person at a ‘Bürgeramt’ (citizen`s office) in Berlin. You must register with the registration office within 14 days of moving into your address. Postal registration is not possible.

Here you will find further information on registering yourself at an apartment in Berlin.
Important note: Hotels or Airbnb's are not eligible for registration.


Important for non-EU citizens:

Foreign nationals who intend to stay in Germany for more than 90 days or for gainful employment require a German visa for entry. Therefore, it is mandatory to apply for a visa.

Here you can find more information about the visa procedure.

Step #3: Residence permit

  • You have entered Germany and are now living in Berlin?
  • Do you plan to stay longer than three months?
  • Are you from outside the EU or from Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway?

Then you need a residence title (Aufenthaltstitel) for your extended residence in Berlin.

Here you can find more information about the residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis).

Step #4: Open an account

In order to open your current account with Berliner Sparkasse, you can book an appointment by telephone or email at your preferred branch.

Here you will find tips and information to help you prepare to open your account.

An important question: What documents are required to open an account?

Step #5: Family & Support

Think about registering your children in time for school or kindergarten.

Often there are long waiting lists or a longer waiting period is to be expected.

Another important point is the application for child benefits.

Step #6: Basic steps

There are many utility providers and it is worth comparing them.

Remember to register:

Step #7: Get in touch with Berlin

Berlin is offering more than jobs and a place to live. It is an historic city with many stories to tell. Berlin is also known for its unique shops like special coffee shops and its never ending night life.

If you want to get in touch with these sides of Berlin, Berliner Sparkasse can offer you insights into what to know about Berlin and where you could spend your time.

Our partner „RegionalHero“ offers an amazing service for you. They offer tours in English or German through parts of Berlin, so you can get to know Berlin. They also give you insights into  the most sought after shops.