Moving to Frankfurt
Don’t be fooled by it’s small, compared to other expat cities, metropolis. Frankfurt is the financial powerhouse of Germany and Europe. A truly international city, Frankfurt blends modern business life with a rich cultural character.
To help you move and settle into your new home city, we have assembled a team of handpicked and stingingly vetted service providers that specialise in assisting expats living in Frankfurt.
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Top 5 tips for expats moving to Frankfurt
Expats moving to Frankfurt will find a high-quality of life. Frankfurt offers well-paid jobs, particularly in the finance sector, combined with cultural highlights such as theatres and museums.
Below are the top 5 insider tips for expats moving to Frankfurt:
Getting your registration certificate and residence permit
Everyone living in Frankfurt needs to get a registration certificate which proves you live in Germany. The registration certificate needs to be renewed every time you move to a new address. Non- European Union citizens need to also apply for a residence permit.
Find a place to live
The housing market is very competitive in Frankfurt and cost of housing is high. If you can, ask your employer to provide professional assistance in securing a property to live in as part of your salary package. There are a number of areas to choose from, each with their own lifestyle characteristics. For those looking to live away from the hustle and bustle of the city, there are many surrounding towns that offer a slower paced lifestyle.
Access to healthcare
It is recommended that expats moving to Frankfurt opt for private health insurance. This is often covered by an employer as a perk of employment. Having access to private health insurance means you will be able to bypass any waiting lists should you need medical attention.
Joining the community
Locals living in Frankfurt generally keep their personal and professional lives separate. Making friends in the workplace with locals can be a challenge. However, Frankfurt attracts more expats than any other city in Germany and therefore has a thriving expat community.
Get to know the etiquette
Social etiquette is a big deal in Frankfurt. Understanding the rules of dining and drinking with friends is of utmost importance. For example, when toasting
with beer always look directly at the person in the eyes and toast according to the beer you are drinking. When toasting with two Hefeweizen glasses they must always meet at the bottom while toasting with a Pilsner glass will be toasted at the top of the glass
Meet your Frankfurt Team Leader
Alexander Krieger is an experienced Tax Consultant that has been working with expat clients for many years. His insight and knowledge of the local Frankfurt community is invaluable in providing expats moving to Frankfurt with guidance and assistance.