Staying in Berlin/Germany/Europe in the Summer? Review our Tips for Finding an Apartment and Complying with your Visa Requirements!

Some of you might have decided to stay a couple of extra weeks to enjoy the summer in Berlin or travel around Germany and Europe.

As staying in the Student Residence beyond the program end date is not possible (unless you are taking classes at Humboldt University as part of your NYU curriculum) , you will need to make your own housing arrangements. Flat sharing (eine WohnGemeinschaft oder WG) is a very typical living arrangement for young people in Berlin. Good places to look for a room in a flat share (WG-Zimmer) are:

  • wg-gesucht.de
  • immobilienscout24.de
  • easywg.de
  • studentenwg.de

Before signing a lease agreement, make sure you have enough information about utilities, internet, and other fees. Discuss the amount of your deposit and make sure you know when you can expect to receive it back. It is always a good idea to have a native German speaker read through the contract with you before you sign it.

After moving out of NYU Berlin student housing, students are responsible for registering their new address at the “Bürgeramt” (the city registration office) within two weeks of moving into their new Berlin apartment, which is mandated by German law. To make an appointment at the local Bürgeramt, please click on the following link (this service is unfortunately only offered in German): https://service.berlin.de/dienstleistung/120686/.

Furthermore, please note that it is your responsibility to make sure that you do not violate your visa requirements. Your sublet is legal only if the person renting the room to you is registered at that address and has consent from the landlord and/ or building management to sublet. Be sure to check this before signing any agreements!

Please remember that you must leave the country or extend your visa before it expires. Contact Student Life Coordinator Anne Strauß (anne.strauss@nyu.edu) for any questions you might have about your visa.

Important Travel Reminders

The time is almost here to leave for Germany, but before you depart for the airport make sure you have all of your immigration needs taken care of! It is important to keep to keep any immigration related paperwork on your person/in your carry-on luggage and ready for your arrival in Germany.

Two important reminders for best practices when traveling abroad:

  1. In order to board your international flight you will need your passport.  You should have copies of your passport elsewhere.  OGS recommends keeping a color copy of your passport and visa separately in your carry-on luggage.  You should also have access to a digital encrypted copy of your passport and visa online that can be obtained from any computer.  Additionally, you may want to leave a copy of your passport and visa with a parent or guardian, or whomever you trust and would call in an emergency. If your passport/visa is lost or stolen having a copy of such may help expedite getting a replacement.
  2. After you arrive at your study away site, you should register with your local Embassy or Consulate.  U.S. citizens can register with the U.S. Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, which will automatically alert the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate to your presence in country.  Non-U.S. citizens should register with the relevant home country Embassy or Consulate abroad.

Offices Closing for Winter Break

NYU’s Office of Global Programs and Office of Global Services, as well as most other departments around NYU, will be closed for the winter break starting at 4pm EST on Wednesday, December 23rd. We will reopen on Monday, January 4th at 9am EST.  Both the Office of Global Programs and the Office of Global Services will not be monitoring voicemail or emails during this time.

We understand that questions may come up while our office is closed – if so, please use the “Search” tool within this blog to see if we have covered it already (in many cases, we have!). This blog is meant to be your main resource of things to know and do regarding Berlin, and can continue to assist in answering your questions even when we are not available.

Happy New Year and Best Wishes this Holiday Season!

Visa Status Survey

Students should be receiving a mandatory OGS Visa Status Survey by email unless you have already informed us you have obtained your visa or a visa is not required based upon your citizenship.  Please let us know where you are in the visa process by completing this as soon as possible.  It is imperative that you let us know if you are struggling, in need of assistance or are delayed in applying for your visa.  If this is the case please contact OGS immediately at ogs.outbound@nyu.edu or 212-998-4242.

Pre-Departure Orientation Recap

Thank you to those who attended the pre-departure orientation! There were some great questions and discussions with the Global Ambassadors.

For those of you who could not attend the in-person session, we missed you, but don’t despair. While there is no way we can replicate the orientation, you can view a version of the presentation here: NYU Berlin Pre-Departure Orientation Spring 2016.

Please ensure to read through the presentation in its entirety as I will be sending you a mandatory quiz to test your knowledge and make sure you know the essential information!  I will email you with more details next week.

I will also be available to go through the presentation and follow up questions on Wednesday, December 9th from 5-6 pm in Meyer Building, Room 102 in NYC. If you have other questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at miriam.halsey@nyu.edu. I am available to chat in NY, and am also happy to set up a time to Skype with anyone who is currently not in the area.

There were great stories from former students and excellent discussions amongst ourselves during the in-person session. If you have questions and you’d like to be put in touch with an NYU Berlin alum, email global.ambassadors@nyu.edu.

Some key points to remember from the orientation:

  • Tisch Professional Track Students: Remember that this information mostly applies to you, but check the “What’s Different” document to be sure you know
  • On-site orientation is Mandatory! All students must arrive on January 25.
  • All class attendance and course related field trips are mandatory.  Do not book personal travel until you have arrived and confirmed your syllabi.
  • Please note that housing is ONLY available during the dates of the program, January 25–May 21!
  • Bring all the prescription drugs you will need for your entire stay. Make sure you talk to your doctor about getting a prescription for any medication you take regularly for the full 4 months. Do NOT ship medication overseas.

Group Appointments Complete

By now everyone in NY should have applied for their German Student Visa through a group appointment. If you did not attend your group appointment or encountered any issues, please contact Rebecca Lukowski (Rebecca.lukowski@nyu.edu) immediately for assistance. If you are outside of New York and have not applied for your visa (or have arranged to apply for your visa in the coming weeks), please contact Rebecca for assistance.