Moving to Heidelberg
Heidelberg is beautiful, it's romantic and not mention picturesque. If you're planning on moving to Germany and Heidelberg is your destination, you won't be disappointed. With a population of approximately 50 000, this wonderful city has lots of friends to be made. Outside of having fun and exploring the wonders of Heidelberg, you'll want to know what to expect, what to prepare for and what you can and cannot find. Moving far away from home isn't always an easy task and the more you know about a location before it becomes your home, the easier it will be to settle in. From restaurants to employment, fun to doctors, food to housing, figuring these things out in advance will definitely lessen the burden.
Because you are indeed in Germany, thing will go a lot more smoothly if you can get a grasp of this strange language they call German. Luckily enough, there are quite a few language schools in Heidelberg to choose from. Whether you're looking at taking on an accelerated program, or you're trying to fill your schedule and would prefer something more relaxed, something more routine, you'll find a language school that is fit for you. Check with your company to see if they cover the cost of language schools. If not, you may want to check out the prices and budget accordingly.
Language Schools in the Heidelberg area include:
· Das Heidelberger Pädagogium- http://www.heidelberger-paedagogium.de/
· Volkshochschule Heidelberg- http://www.vhs-hd.de/
· F+U Language School- http://www.fuu-heidelberg-languages.eu/
· Berlitz- http://www.berlitz.de/en/heidelberg/
Because sitting at home all day takes the fun out of things, and you'd rather earn a little bit of extra cash on the side to accompany your shoe obsession, you may consider finding a job in Heidelberg. Depending on the skills you have you may find this process an easy or a difficult one. Some places prefer that their employees speak German or at least have some understanding of the language. This is usually true for skilled labour, though Heidelberg does have some companies where English is no problem at all. However, if you're looking to just find something in the mean time, while you brush up on your German, you may want to look into bar tending, waiting, cleaning. These fields are usually easy to slide into and there are typically a wide variety of openings.
Check out these websites for an idea of what jobs are available:
Finding a home is of course one of the most important things you will need to look into before moving to Heidelberg. Depending on where you're moving from your vision of the housing prices will differ. Some people find accommodation in Heidelberg excessively expensive, where others find the pricing rather reasonable. Ensure that you have a good understanding of what you are expected to pay and what prices come on top of your base rent. Know the difference between kaltmiete and warmmiete as well as how high the security deposit is and also the price to use a real estate agent.
Here are some helpful, house hunting websites: