Moving to Vienna | 2


Great! You got accepted and now you are finally moving to Vienna. You are looking forward to visit all the nice places, meet the people, but first, there is some paperwork to be done. I'll try to give you some useful information in this post.

Paperwork

The most important is the "Meldezettel" When you move in, you have to visit the city office in your district and fill in the form. Probably, you'll pay 15€ for this.
Nice, the Meldezettel is done, now you are coming to the next level - if you plan to stay longer than 3 months and have the possibility to get the citizenship and stuff like that after 5 years, you must do the "Anmeldebescheinigung".
  • take a book with you, you may wait in a queue for an hour or more (Anmeldebescheinigung usually 3+ hours)
  • if you don't speak German, take someone with you, who can help you. The officers are often unfriendly and it is hard to understand (accents, dialects etc...)
  • when you apply in Vienna for "Hauptwohnsitz" (main living place) and you are a student, you pay for semester ticket 75€ instead of 150€
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Public Transport

When you are really sporty and you think, there is no bad weather, just a bad attitude, you may go by bike each day of the year. It's possible. I did this for 1,5 year because my dorms are only five minutes walking from my university and wherever I wanted to go, I cycled. You save 75€ per semester, but when you start going party, it gets expensive - buying single tickets, which costs 2,20€.

Bike

First to say: don't bring/buy an expensive bike, there is big chance it's gonna be stolen. Vienna is one of the best cities for cycling I know. There are many bikeways connecting all the important places. You get fit and enjoy the architecture and the atmosphere of Vienna. In addition, cycling is cool.

CityBike

This could be a great option if someone is visiting you in Vienna. All you need is to register with your bank card at one of the automatons. It is quite annoying because the touch screens are not working very well. When you overcome these small difficulties, life is nice again.
The first hour is always for free. If you want to cycle longer for free, you have to wait 15 minutes between changing your bike for another.

Where to buy cheap furniture and stuff?

Before you go to IKEA, you might check other options. I prefer buying second hand  it's cheap, eco-friendly and you get unique pieces. There are few charity shops and second hands:
Online:
Facebook groups:
there are more groups, key words: Flohmarkt, Verschenkt... Look also, where the flea markets take place. There is usually one very big each weekend at Naschmarkt.


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