Britisches Generalkonsulat München.


Friday 31st August 2012

It absolutely poured with rain today. Yesterday night it was decided that we would seek assistance. The British Consulate at Möhlstraße 5 would surely be able to help us solve a few of our problems! And sure enough so they did. We asked questions surrounding the following topics.

  • Travelcard?
  • Lohnsteuerkarte? (Income Tax Card)
  • Sozialversicherungsausweis (Health insurance)
  • Whether we need to register with a doctor
  • Recommended accommodation?
  • German sim for a phone?

These questions were all answered by a fantastically helpful man called Chris Dowers, he put us on the right path in about twenty minutes. In the afternoon we managed a Lidl shop to resupply us until Sunday.

Looking forward to Simon arriving from Stuttgart tomorrow morning on the express train!

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Seven Steps to Student Success in Munich 2012.


Friday 31st August 2012

Having just moved to Munich, my friend Nath and I thought it would be a good idea to create a check-list of things that you need to do once you arrive. We hope you find our tips both detailed and useful. Our step-by-step guide is ideal for anyone going to live, work or study in Munich (and indeed Germany) this year.

IMPORTANT – be sure to carry your passport with you at all times. If you fail to adhere to this and are stopped by a police officer (Polizeibeamte) then you are liable to be arrested.

Don’t worry about registering with a doctor. Remember to bring your EHIC card with you. Everyone in Germany pays 10€ to see the doctor whoever you are.

1: At the airport

After you’ve reclaimed you baggage at Franz Josef Strauß Flughafen, follow signs to the S-Bahn. The logo is easy to recognise – it is a green circle with a white “S” in the centre. Before you take the escalator down to the platform, ensure that you have purchased a ticket from the ticket desk. The best value ticket you can buy is the Streifenkarte for 12€. This should last you for your first few days.

2: Anmeldung (registration):

Within the first few days of arriving you must register your presence with the City authorities. In Munich this can be done at the Kreisverwaltungsreferat. The nearest U-Bahn station is Poccistraße which can be found on the blue/red U6/U3 line. Take your passport with you. At the end of this process you will be given an Anmeldebestätigung. Congratulations you are now officially a citizen of Munich!

3: Bank account

Setting up a bank account in Germany is very easy. As long as you have a permanent address and passport you will be able to open an account. We recommend Deutsche Bank as it gives you free cash withdrawals in over 30 countries. They also have a free student account (Das Junge Konto).

4: Mobile phone

Telekom (T-Mobile) and Vodafone are the two biggest phone companies, but look around for deals. To set up a monthly contract you need to have a bank account, but “Prepaid” (Pay as You Go) accounts can be set up in store in a matter of minutes.

5: Ludwig-Maximilians Universität Immatrikulationsbescheinigung registration (LMU)

Take the U-Bahn to the conveniently named stop Universität on the U6/U3 line. When you exit at ground level you will see two fountains either side of Ludwigstraße. The main building is the building with arches directly behind the fountain, on the opposite side to the Englischer Garten. Once in the building follow the corridor to your left. At the end of this corridor you will find the Studentenkanzlerei where you can go to ask questions and advice. However, as an Erasmus student your first stop is left before the Studentenkanzlerei, follow this corridor with lockers to the end where on your right you will see a small library. Continue straight through into the next building where you will see many different rooms. Go up the stairs to your right and you should find a spiral staircase on the first floor. Proceed up this spiral staircase for the Erasmus office. Here they will give you all the advice you need regarding LMU.

6: Student Travel Pass

The transport system in Munich is run by MVV (Münchner Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund) as opposed to Deutsche Bahn. To get a travel pass for the U-Bahn, S-Bahn, Metro etc with a student discount you will need to following:

  • If working, bring a copy of your Praktikumsvertrag (work contract) stamped by your University and employer
  • If studying, just bring a copy of your Immatrikulationsbescheinigung (Student registration certificate)
  • Passport-style photo (35X45mm)
  • Ausweis (Passport)
  • Anmeldebestätigung (registration certificate: see step 2)
  • Mietvertrag (copy of your rental agreement)

7: Lohnsteuerkarte (Income Tax card):

Two weeks after you have registered with the city you will receive a tax number. UPDATE: This will be generated within around 14 days even if you don’t receive your ID number in the post. At which point you will be able to register and get a Lohnsteuerkarte (Income tax card). This is done at the Finanzamt (nearest station Hackerbrücke – S1-8 one stop westbound from Hauptbahnhof) NOT at the Kreisverwaltungsreferat.

The End
If you are struggling with any aspects of your life in Munich the best advice is to visit your nearest Consulate. The British Consulate is located at Möhlstraße 5, 81675 München. The nearest U-Bahn stop is a 3 minute walk from Prinzregentenplatz accessible from the green U4 line. They are very helpful and have answers to everything!

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Thanks for reading my blog! Feel free to follow me via e-mail (link is at the top right of the page) or at munichman.wordpress.com. If you tweet then you can keep up to date with me @munich_man. I hope this has been of help to you. Best of luck!

Marcus

LMU mag uns nicht!


Thursday August 30th 2012

As you can see the weather for the rest of the week is depressing to say the least.

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I got up a bit later than Nath today who managed to get a house viewing. I then proceeded to finally try to get a Student ID or Immatrikulationsausweis from LMU. Guess what? I was in the wrong office, again. Th only upside to this was finding out that we weren’t permitted to register with the Uni if we are on a placement. Which  when you think about it, sort of makes sense.

We will instead have to venture on and take our contracts to Deutsche Bahn tomorrow to try to get a discount on a monthly travel pass (because we are shameless students). We have realised that there are a few things that need doing before we start work. And since we only have tomorrow to do them in it’s going to be a stressful day! We need to find out how to get a Lohnsteuerkarte (an Income tax card), Sozialversicherungsausweis (National insurance card) and Schulbescheinigung. Not sure we will be able to do this entirely oursleves. It is time to bring out the big guns…Nächster Halt: Britisches Generalkonsulat. Wish us luck – we’ll need it.

Marienplatz.


Wednesday 29th August 2012

This morning we went shopping for diaries & dictionaries at Galeria Kaufhof at Kaufingerstraße in Marienplatz. I bought a July 2012- December 2013 diary, and vocabulary book for recording new words and a book called Die Staaten der Erde. We then went round the corner to Hugendubel a famous bookshop where I purchased copies of Marketing für Dummies, Visuelles Wörterbuch Türkisch-Deutsch and another Visuelles Wörterbuch Arabisch-Deutsch. This did set me back quite a few Euros but I judge it to be a worthy investment (whatever the criteria for “worthy” is).

We then proceeded to LMU Universität Ludwigstraße to finally anmelden but it turns out this is not possible at the Studentenkanzlerei instead we had to go to the Referat für Internationale Angelegenheiten or ERASMUS office. This was located on the first floor of Ludwigstr. 27 building and up a spiral staircase we found that this was only open from 10:00-12:00. Again it has been put off to tomorrow but we are confident it will finally be achieved tomorrow.

Nath had a staff social evening so I stayed in and had a crack at Marketing für Dummies, but it turns out I might not yet be a fully qualified “Dummy” although I’m not sure there is a lower tier.

Kreisverwaltungsreferat & Bäbes.


Tuesday 28th August 2012

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An early start meant lots of accommodation hunting to try and find Nath his Müncher Bäbes. We then got the rest of the day off to a cracking start with a large Lidl shop which only came to around 35€. After a hearty brunch of baguettes we decided to “anmelden” which we thought would be possible at the Rathaus in Marienplatz. Unfortunately we were in the wrong place but we did at least receive a “Zettel” which pointed us in the right direction to The Kreisverwaltungsreferat and Bürgerbüro in Ruppertstraße 19, the nearest U-Bahn station being Poccistraße. Having got our photos taken in a booth we waited for our numbers to show up on the screen. In the office we were asked for “Ausweis” and the efficient process of signing a couple of forms regarding nationality, religion and marital status were signed.

Having completed this process successfully we decided it was time to try to register with the University and to ask their advice about a couple of things; whether or not we need to register anywhere else for tax or health reasons for example. It was closed at the time we went so we have delayed our mission there until tomorrow.

The sun shone all day and we decided to celebrate our success by going for a stroll around the Englischer Garten. This was our warmest day by far at around a high of 28 degrees in the early afternoon. Münchers were all too easily persuaded to go for a beer in the park and a large amount of students were relaxing in the sun beside a cool and medium-flowing brook that runs through the park. To our surprise there were tens of bikini-clad blonde haired bright smiling girls swimming and splashing each other in the river. Our jaws dropped as we stood on a bridge overlooking the”action”. It turns out that despite being fairly Roman catholic the German girls aren’t shy about getting their kit off. “It bodes well for the coming year”, I thought smiling to myself, “it bodes well”.

As we walked further up the stream I began to feel as if people were giving us slightly odd looks – have they not SEEN a Team GB T-Shirt before? I hope I do manage to fit in eventually – perhaps a Bayern München shirt is in order?

Settling in.


Monday the 27th of August 2012

I woke up today at around 8:00am and set off to do a quick Lidl shop (got my Mulitvitamingetränk in) and get a haircut. The area I walked around was around Goethestraße, Schwanthalerstraße and Landwehrstraße. I found this area of town fascinating with its large Turkish and Middle-Eastern presence. Turkish airlines, İşbank GmbH, and Arab/Afghani grocery stores. It made me feel right at home. I was able to get an Old Jamaican Ginger Beer and some خبز (Fladenbrot). After this I decided that I would go to Max-Diamand-Straße to do an errand. I then set up a bank account near where my new apartment will be. I have to say I do feel like I have settled in already. The main thing is remembering not to J-walk. Waiting for the green man is a bit of a fetish in Germany but you can’t really argue with it when you see how fast they drive over here. It’s been a good day.

Currently awaiting the arrival of Nath – what he doesn’t know is that we are going to the Hofbräuhaus this evening!

The Eagle has landed.


Sunday 26th August 2012

On a quiet Sunday morning, the day after Neil Armstrong’s sad death and in commemoration of him I too travel through the skies (though staying in the atmosphere) to Munich, Bavaria in southern Germany. My journey was smooth and the 0755am flight from Terminal 5 was comfortable thanks to BA, I now find myself sitting in Hostel Central in the centre of Munich just round the corner from Hauptbahnhof. The weather is still holding out and I’m making a list of things that need to get done before I start work on the 3rd of September.

I took a trip to the Deutsches Museum von Meisterwerken der Naturwissenschaft und Technik. It is located in an island and is the largest museum of technology and science in the world.

Nath arrives tomorrow but lots needs to be sorted out before we relax in the evening.