Studying abroad in Germany sure has its quirks and traps. Here are nine things you need to know before jumping into the deep end of German student life.
1. Covering your bases
So you’ve received your student visa and you’re set to start classes, but don’t yet know where you’re going to sleep tonight?
Hardly any German undergraduates live on campus in Berlin and the other major cities. Most of them live in a so-called Wohngemeinschaft, or WG, (shared housing), with three to four students sharing an apartment. It's on you to get your hands on one of those rooms - and the competition is tough.
n Germany’s smaller university towns though, the scramble for housing is less messy. And if you make it, you’ll have a proper room, maybe even a balcony - your own first little home.