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  1. Hi everyone, I have two job opportunities, one in Mannheim the other in Munich. For most people Munich would be the obvious choice, but it's complicated for me.   First of all, my situation: single no children, gay, early 30s, non-EU, on Blue Card, waiting for NE. Been working in Stuttgart area for a couple of years. Solid salary and benefits but no development, thus the need to change. I've been trying really hard to find something in Berlin or Hamburg, but either no offer or the salary is abysmal!   To many people's surprise, I actually do NOT like Munich that much. If not for the job, a move from Stuttgart to Munich would be completely meaningless for me. To further complicate the issue, the position in Mannheim is all round better than the one in Munich...   But in my circle of friends and colleagues (coming from around Germany and the world), Mannheim has a horrible reputation. A few Berliners and Münchners actually said: "If I can think of a city worse than Stuttgart, it's Mannheim." (I don't think S is that bad, but the snobs' advice can be useful when you choose where to live! Better safe than sorry!)   My last straw was the possibility of living in Heidelberg, which has raving reviews from everyone I know and I also liked, and commute to work. Then I checked but it takes half an hour by car and more than 50 minutes by public transport from the center of Heidelberg...   So my questions: Is Mannheim really that bad? Is it really just for old ppl or families? Is it really a super industrial city even worse than Stuttgart with nothing but jobs and all you can do there is work work work to death? How's the social life there for single ppl? Cultural facilities?   Oh, also, the people there should be nicer, right? I mean hey I survived Stuttgarter Schwaben, who else can't I deal with, right? Right?...
  2. Hi all,   We are planning to relocate from Sydney to Munich middle of 2021. I read previous posts regards to relocation packages BUT MOST OF THEM old dated (not recent picture of relocation topic)   Here is a short story of us. We are a family of 4 (kids age 7 and 12), my husband, senior developer/ software engineer speciality of Drupal system and Network security and knowledge of B2 level German. He is applying for senior-level roles in Munich (local or international IT companies) but we are not sure what is acceptable to negotiate with employer ( even tho sound bit crazy about our timing - corona and Australia is one safest country at the moment to stay away from EU BUT we need to because we want our kids to start secondary school (Year 7) in Europe  public system, not private school - btw  both kids speak zero German..) He just started having interviews and one of the employers only offering EUR 5K  and not negotiable (which I found Soooo low - lousy offer to consider esp. if you exporting talent from another side of the world you need to pay for it.. BUT then again I am not sure the latest situation Europe business market last 15 years (esp. newly joined EU members and many IT professionals from countries like East block+ India  with less hiring cost !!) My Q's are ;   > Do you know any company offers fair & strong relocation package to their employers?   > So far what I read I came up with these 3 points.. Do you think acceptable to discuss or Am I asking too much?   Relocation package between EUR10.000 - 12.000 (which will cover flight tickets+ and removalist cost bringing personal items via air freight and sea freight LCL)  +  arranging Minimin 6 weeks temp accommodation in Munich (furnished service apartment or AirBnB until finding permanent accommodation) + arranging relocation agent in Munich for us to handle all our requirements and help us out (registrations of government dept/converting driving licence+ finding permanent accommodation and all other Ad Hoc) My children and I don't speak German so I will be needing this service to settle in quickly   I would really appreciate to hear yours civilized advice and  valuable comments (some posts not so polite wording) Thanks
  3. Hello everyone,   Is there anyone who applied for the Blue Card and received it recently? I had the appointment on September 17th (not a renewal, applied for the first time) and I received the letter which includes PIN code last week. Does anyone knows how long it takes to receive the IDs after the receipt of PIN codes? 
  4. One of my customers is with-holding payment and being generally unreasonable.  Does any one know any English speaking lawyers who are affordable for small businesses?  
  5. *** SEEKING SUB-TENANT 1.1.2020 *** SEEKING solvent "Zwischenmieter" (sub-tenant) for a very nice penthouse studio in the Alt-Stadt City Centre from ca 1.1.2021 until the end of June 2021 (flexible). The apartment is on the 5th/top floor, no elevator; it's partially furnished and costs €1300 warm includes electric, water, high-speed wifi, Tv-license, some furniture & washing machine (plus €1300 deposit ) It includes a modern kitchen and a whirlpool / jacuzzi as well as a walk-in shower. It is located right between the Isar River and the English garden… very desired location! If you are interested, please send an email to (Subject line: Zwischenmieter) ... with income and a little about yourself. Photos here; please no smoking in flat. I can send a video per WhatsApp. Please include your E-Mail address & Telephone number when contacting me, thanks. Also, very nice neighbors.
  6. Hi everyone I really need some help. A man came to my apartment building and told me that the building is now switching over to the pyur internet provider due to the old VDSL connections not working anymore ( for tenants on the 4th and 5th floors). He was a representative of the company and was talking to multiple other tenants at the time. His explanation was as follows. The apartment glass fiber was built by their company and everyone is switching over with no change to the tariff. The company was paid through Nebenkosten already and all they need to do is activate the connection at a certain date and give us out new boxes (which are also already paid for by Nebenkosten). I tried to explain I wasn't interested and he and the other tenants explained that if I didn't switch and something went wrong I cannot get help to fix it. I'm really confused and unsure whether to say no because I'm happy with my connection or yes because I run the risk of losing all my connection. Is this a scam?   Please help I know this was long but I really need urgent advice   Hope your all doing well  Joe
  7. For any American or International university students who are currently in Germany, the Junior Year in Munich program could be an option for you next semester. The Junior Year in Munich provides students a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for personal growth, exploration and reflection – and all within a foreign environment which they first learn to negotiate successfully, and all experienced and expressed in a language not their own.    Applications for the 2021 Second Semester are currently open, and are due on December 1, 2020.   For more than 65 years, JYM has advanced study abroad as an integral part of US undergraduate education. More than 4,000 students from 514 US colleges and universities have studied abroad in Germany with JYM.    JYM students are enrolled in the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich and have access to the full university curriculum in any major, except law and medicine. Students create their own course schedule from among University Courses, JYM Courses (German Language and Area Studies electives), Undergraduate Research Projects and Internships. Applications for the 2021 Second Semester are currently open, and are due on December 1, 2020. Applications for the 2021-22 Academic Year or Fall semester programs will open in December. If you have any questions about the program, please visit our website at  
  8. Every Wednesday evening at an Indian restaurant in Munich. Location varies each week.   Curry night is not just about having good food but also about having great time and lots of fun. The cultural diversity of people who are regularly part of this event is as colorful as the curry itself with all its different flavors and spices.   We particularly encourage newbies to join us and they are heartily welcome. It is one of the best events to ease yourself into TT where you can make instant friends over drinks and fine food in a pressure-free, casual atmosphere.   Come join us cuz when you are here, you are family.   Click the "Follow this" button top right to receive updates via email.     Every Sunday night at midnight all replies to this post are automatically moved to the discussion archive.
  9. Gymnasium

    Hi guys. On summer I am moving to Munich. My question is what are the best "Gymnasiums" in Munich. I am straight A student, I have interest in computer science(fluent in C, Python ...) and physics. Please answer if you can help me.   Kind regards, Mihael Beljo
  10. Moving back to the USA and I am not taking my furniture with me.   following bookcases: 2 ikea kallax schwarz-braun 4x4 regal 4 ikea kallax schwarz-braun 4x2 regal 1 ikea kallax schwarz-braun 4x1 regal 2 ikea kallax schwarz-braun 2x2 regal   shoe cabinet: 4 ikea bissa schwarz-braun schuhschrank   Samsung sound bar   2 ikea besta tv bench   American king size Sealy pillow top mattress and king bed frame   Most items are on my kleinanzeigen page since I cannot upload fotos here:   DM to discuss pickup. All furniture is in good condition and prices are all reasonable.