Work Germany FAQ's
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At a Glance
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of jobs can I do on Work Germany?
There are lots of opportunities for international workers in Berlin. Typical jobs can include:
- Cafes and restuarants
- Childcare & babysitting
- Language tuition
- Cleaning staff
- Delivery services and removal companies
- Factory work (picking and packing)
It is also possible to gain employment in your field of study or professional field.
Is accomodation hard to find in Berlin?
One of the most important things to do upon arrival in to Germany is to apply for your residence registration (Anmeldung). You will need to complete this before you can start working, get a bank account and a tax number.
To apply for your residence registration you will need documentation and an address from a landlord. We can set you up with our 14 night accommodation upgrade on arrival, and by doing this our housing provider can issue you with all of the paperwork needed to apply for your residence permit. Once you have registered, the team in Berlin are able to assist you with finding additional accommodation.
What is the cost of living in Berlin?
Food and groceries are relatively cheap in Berlin, even when eating out you can find restaurants offering meals for less than 5 EUR.
Rent is likely to be your biggest expense (which can range between 450-700 EUR per month).
We would recommend taking enough funds to cover you for 2 months rent and living costs - to ensure you have enough money during your arrival and job search period. Phone and mobile internet costs can range from 10-20 EUR per month (dependent on your plan).
Can I move to Germany at any point in the the year?
Work Germany is open year-round. During the months of October-March we have 1 monthly start date and from April-September we have 2 monthly start dates. Check out our costs and dates page for more information on start dates.
Do I need to speak German?
In major cities like Berlin you can get by well without speaking German. There is a large international community and most of the younger generations speak English. We do recommend learning German while you are there (we can help you set up a course for when you arrive). There are plenty of jobs that do not require levels of German speaking in Berlin.
What happens after Brexit if I'm a UK passport holder - can I still work in Germany?
After October 31st 2019, there will be a transition period for UK passport holders who are living in Germany or plan to move to Germany. During the transition period, UK passport holders will continue to have the right to live and work (free movement) in Germany. The length of the transition period is dependent on whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a withdrawal agreement. After the transition period, there will be an application process to continue to remain as a resident of Germany. BUNAC and our in-country partners will advise of updates once they are available.