The Process After Your Arrival in Weimar — For Non-EU Students

After your acceptance to Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, a new era in your life will be about to start. If collecting all the documents for the application is one thing, preparing your stay when you arrive in Weimar is another. Weimar is a small, beautiful city. This means that you will reach the necessary locations, and be able to complete all the primary tasks pretty easy. 

This quick guide aims to create a summary of the things to do, especially focusing on the
ones who are coming from non-EU countries. The overview of the information you need is explained in different sections, significant points are outlined, and prior connections are mentioned.

If you have further questions, you can always get in contact with the Campus.Office. 

Following the Right Order

To make everything a lot easier, there is a specific order that you will need to follow if you don’t want to go things over and over. Because, to be able to receive a document from an authority, you might need to obtain some others.

Here is a simple list (the order and/or necessity may differ after number 8):

1. Finding accommodation
2. Registration of residence
3. Opening a bank account
4. Paying the semester fee
5. Organising health insurance
6. Enrolling to the university
7. Getting your Bauhaus ID & internet access
8. Applying for the residence permit
9. Getting a long-term SIM card 
10. Registration for language courses
11. Registration for sports
12. Getting your tax number
13. Finding a student job

In order to prepare all these files with some support, you can drop by the Campus.Office
during the International Welcome Days. There will be a Welcome.Lounge which is going to be in service for up to two weeks, where the staff will provide assistance for all the
processes. If you need to prepare the documents by yourself, you can use the information below.


1. Finding Accommodation in Weimar

Finding a place to stay and getting registered in the city hall is the primary step to take. You won’t be able to have a bank account or health insurance without it. In that manner, you have three options: student dorms shared apartments (WG) or private apartments. Either way, your expense for the rent will be in-between 100€-300€.

For a dormitory, you will need to get in contact with Studentenwerk Thüringen as soon as possible. This is a step that you can take before your arrival since the sooner you apply, the higher chance you will have to get one.

In order to live in a shared apartment, you can have a look at Pinnwände (message board) which is a student portal where you can find a room, buy or sell goods, or even put an announcement for yourself.

If you would like to rent your own place, there are several websites you can search for the one that fits you. You can have a look at Meinestadt, ImmoScout24, Immowelt, Immonet, and many more. After finding your private apartment, you will need to sign a rental contract with your landlord in order to get registered.


2. Registration of Residence

Your second step would be to register your new address. As an international student, you should go to the Immigration Office (Ausländerbehörde) at Schwanseestr. 17 within your first week, and get Meldebescheinigung which is the document that confirms your registration. 
Pay attention to the opening hours which may differ from day to day.


3. Opening a Bank Account in Germany

Now you are ready to open a bank account. A German account will help you to withdraw money from the ATMs, pay your expenses, receive your salary or scholarship. If you are under 30 you don’t need to pay any monthly fees, while there is a monthly amount to be shown at your account in case if you are over 30. The conditions may differ depending on the bank you choose. 


4. Paying the Semester Fee

By the year of 2018, the semester contribution fee is 164,80€; including Weimar and Central Thuringian public transport tickets and free regional train travels within Thuringia (not ICE and IC, but DB).
If you open your German bank account before transferring the semester fee, you won’t have to pay extra charges or at least reduce them. 

5. Organising Health Insurance in Germany

It is mandatory to take out a German health insurance when you arrive in Weimar. After completing the files above, you can choose from companies such as AOK, Barmer, and TK. If you are over than 30, Mawista can be an option. In some cases, you can keep using your insurance from your home country, depending on your age and where you are coming from.


6. Enrolling in the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

In order to enroll to Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, the documents below should be delivered to the International Office. If you have sent some of the files via mail before, you may not have to give them once again.
– Letter of admission
– Proof of German health insurance
– Original certificate of your last academic degree
– Receipt of payment of semester fee
– Application form for Thoska (student ID)
– 1 photo (for Thoska)
– Proof of language skills
– Poof of passed aptitude test


7. Getting your Bauhaus ID & Internet Access

Your Bauhaus ID or the common version “Thoska” card is going to be what you will need through your daily life in Weimar. You should show it to the bus driver to get a free ride, it will be opening selected class and building doors, you can pay the fees for language and sports courses, and you will use it to get a reduced price at Mensa (cafeteria & canteen). 
The first card will cost a deposit of 20€, and you will need to pay 10€ more if you lose it. 
You can reach to free Wi-Fi anywhere around the school buildings. In order to get connected, you will need to get your own university e-mail account, username and password from SCC. 


8. Applying for Residence Permit

You don’t have to rush to get your residence permit if you have a visa that is valid at least six months. But there are two cases to be considered. Getting an appointment may take some time, so you should pay attention to not exceeding your visa date. Secondly, if you are planning to apply for a job during your stay, your employer will ask for your residence permit. 


9. Getting a Long-term SIM Card 

Most of the phone companies won’t provide a long-term SIM card unless you have a German bank account. You can start with a prepaid one, but in most cases, it will cost you more than the contracted system. If you are planning to have a private apartment, you can get a discount if you would provide your DSL and mobile internet from the same company. 


10. Registration for Language Courses

Since you are in a foreign country, learning the local language will help you a lot through your daily life. Comparing to bigger cities, you may need to use German more; in small shops, with your neighbors, and even with friends. Bauhaus-Universität Weimar offers two kinds of German classes. One of them is the intensive course which is held at the beginning of each semester. The other one is the extended version that lasts throughout the whole semester; one class every week.


11. Registration for Sports

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar gives the opportunity to do sports affordable for students. They offer a wide range of options. The only thing you will need to do is to be online on time and catch a free spot.


12. Getting your Tax Number

A few days after your registration to the Immigration Office, personal tax identification number will be automatically sent to you by post. If you are planning to work in Germany, you will need to obtain this number. Having a tax number doesn’t necessarily mean that you will pay taxes; unless you earn more than 450€ a month. 


13. Finding a Student Job

You can search for a job by entering your interests and your city at Stellenticket. It is a constantly updated page so you can keep checking in order to find what you are looking for. Some other options can be found on Jobboards and at the Studierendenwerk Thüringen.

If you have any more questions:

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