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  1. We're unfortunately only renting short-term and are looking for something more permanent. The current place is OK, but not really big enough to house another person. We would have taken a long-term right away if that possibility existed, but renting from abroad without Anmeldung, Schufa and a ton of other papers was just not possible - we tried but failed. We had to take a 'Wohnen auf Zeit', do the paperwork and we're searching for both a flat and Kita now. I'm starting to think that we'll first have to find a Kita and flat location will depend on that.   We applied for Kita-Gutschein less then 2 months before September 1st (date when we need to have kids in childcare) simply because we haven't been in Germany long enough to respect the deadline. There was a possibility to ask for an exception due to recent 'Zuzug nach Berlin' in the application form, but everywhere I look I see 2 months deadline - another source of worries.
  2. I moved to Berlin together with my family a few weeks ago. Both me and my wife are EU citizens, but we used to live in the UK prior to coming to Germany. I'm already employed in Berlin and my wife should start working on the 1st of September. We have two children aged 1 and a half and 4 and a half and besides finding something suitable for long-term rent, getting childcare for kids is our biggest worry at the moment.   Since we expect to be at work full-time come September, there's probably a little chance we'll get a place in a state-run Kita right from the start. We are applying for places, but I assume that we won't be that lucky. I am now interested in private Kitas or hiring a Tagesmutter, but don't know where to start. I could contact local Jugendamt and ask whether they have a list of private childcare providers and I'm also going to google for private Kitas in our area. Is there anything else I could do? Our older offspring speaks English, Czech and French but no German. I'm not sure if applying for an international Kita increases our chances or not. Also, the older one needs to learn some German before going to school, so perhaps it's better to look for German-only Kitas.   I know that this is an extremely short period to find something, but the pressure on both me and my wife to start working very soon was high - both our job offers were presented as 'either this start date or nothing' to us. We were not able to negotiate a later start date that would allow us to properly settle first. We have registered our residency in Berlin (Anmeldung) and applied for a Kita-Gutschein. In the meantime, we are willing to pay if necessary and wait for a place in a state-run Kita. My second question concerns summer in Berlin. My wife is at home with kids and it would be great for both her and the little ones if they could socialize a bit. Do you know about any activities where moms with children meet (for example in a park) for coffee and play? Our son just spent a week in a summer language school to get introduced to German, but is back at home now. We are located in the south of Berlin, anything in Mariendorf, Marienfelde, Lichtenrade, Tempelhof or Schoeneberg would probably be fine.   Thank you for any advice that would help us sort this out.
  3. Thank you @John B, I just asked them for a quote.
  4. Hello,    would you be able to recommend a firm to move our household (~ 25m^3) from London to Berlin? I'm planning to hire a van with a driver and then drive separately with my family. I'm especially keen on a reliable and trustworthy company. I've contacted a few on anyvan.co.uk, but I'm open to other possibilities as well.
  5. Short-term apartment rent

    @cb6dba the three step search you describe above is exactly what we were planning to do.
  6. Short-term apartment rent

    Thank you guys, especially @cb6dba - I completely missed the 'Wohnen auf Zeit' option on immobilienscout24.   I understand all the arguments above regarding competition for flats etc. - I have indeed read that many times. Given the fact that we're not in Germany yet, I don't know what else to do other than first rent from wunderflats or similar and then look for a place with longer contract. Would you recommend a different strategy? Do you know if it is at all possible to rent a 'Wohnen auf Zeit' from abroad? Isn't it too risky (scam, bad quality etc.)?   If that's of any relevance: one parent already has a job in Berlin, the other will only start working once we secure Kita places for offsprings, which doesn't seem to be possible without having an address in Berlin first. 
  7. Short-term apartment rent

    I am aware of the site, but it doesn't seem to offer short-term rental. We are not in Germany yet and I can't and don't want to sign a long-term contract without visiting the property first. Hence the initial search for temporary accommodation.
  8. Hello,    I am going to relocate to Berlin together with my family. We don't know anybody in town and before we actually find a place we'd like to rent, we'll need to have a short-term accommodation. I suppose that the short-term rental would be for at least 1 month and if we are not successful, then possibly longer. We have 2 little children (aged 1 and 4). I found a website called wunderflats that seems to specialize in short-term lettings. Would you please be able to suggest where else can I search? We don't need anything very central and would be especially happy to explore Falkensee and the area around.
  9. Working parents with little children

    Thank you for all the answers, but our kids are 1.5 and 4.5 years old. We will be eventually concerned by all you've discussed above, but what about even younger children? Is it common to leave these in nursery/kindergarten or any other suitable place in the afternoon?
  10. I have heard on more than one occasion that especially for young children, school in Bavaria usually ends in the early afternoon and it's parents' responsibility to take care of them for the rest of the day. This makes it difficult for working parents to have full time jobs. Is this true? Are parents working full time frowned upon? What options do those who want to work full time have? In your experience, is this usually a difficult issue to solve? And also, how does this (especially in Munich) compare to the situation in Berlin?
  11. We're indeed not planning to get a mortgage tomorrow, we will first rent and then buy once we know the place a little bit better and are settled in our jobs. I'm asking now because we'd rather not move to another city or even country in a year again. This is a long term planning question. And yes, I know that not everything can be planned. I'm trying to get as much information as possible, that's all.   Other financial benefits in Munich include performance-dependent yearly bonus and payment of relocation costs.    
  12. Hi everyone, thank you very much for your answers. Yes, both parents already have their PhDs and worked previously in industry, albeit not very long. Domain of expertise for parent 1 is 'computational science' - computer simulation of fluid flow (modelling of everything from aerodynamics of an aircraft to blood flow in human heart), parent 2 has similar background + additional degree in machine learning. Both parents are EU nationals and married, so residency permit should hopefully not be a problem.   One of us has two job offers: either €70K in Berlin or €90K in Munich. Both are yearly gross salaries. Job in Munich comes with other financial benefits, job in Berlin does not. The other parent has not started searching yet because we expect difficulties finding a place in Kita/kindergarten for offsprings which means one of us will initially have to stay at home. Given the original objective (settle down, buy a house) and taking into account different cost of life in both cities, is one of the offers significantly better than the other from financial point of view?   Bonus question (I would really appreciate any insight here): is one of the two cities much better for biomedical engineering jobs (simulation, building devices such as arterial grafts etc., not biology and not chemistry)? Jobs in regulatory affairs for medical products would also be of interest. Parent 1 has modest hands-on experience in the domain.   We've obviously done our search, but we might have missed something.   P.S. Sorry for slightly changing the topic of the thread, but a lot has happened during the last 48 hours and decisions will have to be made soon.
  13. I would like to ask what can I realistically expect when buying property in/around Munich. Consider the following scenario:   - Family of 4 looking for an apartment or (preferably) a house ~ 120m^2 or more - Living in a small village around Munich is fine as long as it's possible to commute to Munich by train. Commute possibly not on a daily basis depending on job. - Parents are foreigners and newcomers to Germany, both with PhDs in STEM fields   I used an online mortgage calculator and entered the following data: - Kaufpreis: 750.000 € - Eigenkapital: 150.000 € - Tilgungssatz: 2% - Wohnort: Augsburg   and the calculated monthly payment for mortgage is cca € 2000 - 2200 depending on further details such as the length of the period during which the interest rate remains fixed.   My question: - do the numbers seem to be even remotely correct (house prices around Munich as seen on ImmoScout24 for example, the actual monthly payment etc.) - would a German bank consider such a loan or would they be reluctant to lend this much money - what minimum net monthly income would be needed (for the entire family). My rough guess would be at least €5000. - I'd expect parents' salaries in the range €60000 - €90000 (gross/year/person)   I understand that there are many variables in the equation and giving a single answer is impossible. I'm just expecting a correction in case the numbers are completely off.   Also, let's assume that the question on whether it's at all reasonable to buy anything in the Munich area is for a separate discussion.   Thank you.