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First steps in Stuttgart

In order to save your time, money, and frustration, please take care of all the things listed in our Welcome Guide right after your arrival in Stuttgart.

Welcome Guide

You find an extensive version of the first steps in the Welcome Guide. You can pick up the brochure at the International Office in the IZ or download it from this website.

Accommodation/deposit

Have you applied for a student dorm and received a room offer by the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart? And have you transferred your deposit to the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart (from your home country)?

Before you can move in you must go to the caretaker (Hausmeister) to receive your room keys. Bring the following things with you:

  • Two signed copies of the tenancy agreement which you have received by e-mail
  • Copy of your passport
  • Your residence permit (as soon as you have it)
  • Passport photo

The Hausmeister will ask you to fill in and sign a SEPA direct debit authorization (SEPA-Lastschrift) so that the monthly rent can be debited automatically from your bank account.

If you authorise someone else to pick up your room key, this person will need an authorisation letter from you and a copy of your signed tenancy agreement from the Studierendenwerk as well as a valid passport.

Please note:

  • In all student dormitories you can only move into your room during the office hours of the respective Hausmeister. Regular office hours of the building managers (Hausmeister) are listed in the Welcome Guide or the homepage of the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart.
  • On the first working day of each month, the Hausmeister offices in Vaihingen have extended office hours. You can find the exact times in the Einzugsschreiben which will be sent to you via e-mail.

Opening a bank account

To participate in the cash-free transfer of money to pay for rent, health insurance and similar transactions, you must have a personal checking account (Girokonto). For students up to 30 years of age, these accounts are usually free of charge or low-cost at any bank.

Upon opening a checking account, you can order a bank card with which you can withdraw cash without charge 24/7 from any of your bank’s ATM locations.

To open a bank account, you will need:

  • Your passport and residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) It may be possible to bring the residence permit later.
  • Letter of admission (Zulassungsbescheid) from the University of Stuttgart (in order to get a free or low-cost student bank account)
  • Your address in Germany

A branch of the BW Bank [de] is located on the Vaihingen Campus (Pfaffenwaldring 57).

Opening hours:
Mon - Fri 8:30 am until 1 pm Mon,
Tue, Fri 2 pm until 4 pm
Thurs 2 pm until 5:30 pm

Getting insured

All degree students as well as exchange students from non-EU countries are required to take out a compulsory student health insurance as prescribed by German law. Exchange students from EU countries with an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are exempted from this requirement.

Carrying personal liability insurance (Haftpflichtversicherung) is not compulsory in Germany. However, we highly recommend that you purchase one. It protects you against liability for causing injury to others or damaging their property, such as a rental apartment, a laboratory, or your university institute, to include even the loss of keys, for example. These policies typically cost between EUR 30 to EUR 80 per year, depending on your family status. See our insurance page.

Residence registration and residence permit (Anmeldung/Aufenthaltserlaubnis)

Within 14 days upon arrival in Stuttgart you are required to register at a residents’ registrations office and to apply for a residence permit if required. Please read the following information carefully. This will save you a lot of time and frustration. You can find the appropriate addresses at the end of this accordion.

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As an EU citizen you are required to register at one of the branches of the residents’ registration office (Bürgerbüro [de]) within the first fourteen days upon your arrival in Stuttgart.

The following documents must be provided:

  • Your passport or ID card
  • Registration form (Anmeldung [de]), filled out and signed, availble at the International Office or at any Bürgerbüro
  • Form Wohnungsgeberbestätigung [de]. It is a confirmation that you have moved in signed by your landlord or landlady or your moving in letter from the Studierendenwerk.

Citizens of Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, and the USA amongst others, may enter Germany without a visa. Upon arrival in Stuttgart you must register and apply for a residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis [de]) at the office of public order (Amt für öffentliche Ordnung [de]). There, you must first go to the residents’ registration office (Bürgerbüro Mitte [de]) on the second floor, then apply for a residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) at the foreign registration office (Ausländerbehörde [de]) on the first floor.

The following documents must be provided:

  • Your passport
  • One biometrical photo (ask the International Office where to get it)
  • Registration form (Anmeldung [de]), filled out and signed
  • Form Wohnungsgeberbestätigung [de]. It is a confirmation that you have moved in signed by your landlord or landlady or your moving in letter from the Studierendenwerk
  • Letter of admission (Zulassungsbescheid) from the University of Stuttgart
  • Health insurance certificate (Versicherungsbescheinigung)
  • Proof of sufficient funds (at least EUR 720 per month) e.g. a bank statement or a letter of award from a scholarship organisation
  • EUR 50 handling charge – publicly funded scholarship holders, such as DAAD or IPSWaT scholars, are exempted from this charge! Exchange students need a written confirmation issued by the International Office for a waiver.

As a student from a country for which an entrance visa is required you must have a student applicant visa or a student visa which has been issued by the German embassy in your home country. Upon arriving in Stuttgart you must register and apply for a residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis [de]). You can do so at any branch of the residents’ registration office (Bürgerbüro [de]).

The following documents must be provided:

  • Your passport
  • Registration form (Anmeldung [de]), filled out and signed, available at the International Office or at any Bürgerbüro
  • Form Wohnungsgeberbestätigung [de]. It is a confirmation that you have moved in signed by your landlord or landlady or your moving in letter from the Studierendenwerk
  • Letter of admission (Zulassungsbescheid) from the University of Stuttgart
  • One biometrical photo
  • Health insurance certificate (Krankenversicherungsnachweis)
  • EUR 50 handling charge – publicly funded scholarship holders, such as DAAD or IPSWaT scholars, are exempted from this charge! Exchange students need a written confirmation issued by the IZ for a waiver.

Office of public order main office (Amt für öffentliche Ordnung [de])
Eberhardstr. 39

In this building you can find:

Foreign registration office (Ausländerbehörde [de])

Office hours:
(please arrange an appointment to avoid long waiting times)
Mon, Tues, Wed 8:30 am until 1 pm
Thurs 1 pm until 6 pm
Fri 8:30 am until 12.00 pm

Residents’ registration office city center (Bürgerbüro Mitte [de])

Office hours:
Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri 8:30 am until 1 pm
Tues 2 pm until 4 pm,
Thurs 2 pm until 6 pm   

You can also visit one of many other residents’ registration offices in Stuttgart and surroundings [de] instead of the one in the city center. For example the residents’ registration office in Vaihingen [de] at Rathausplatz 1 in 70563 Stuttgart. Or the residents’ registration office in Stuttgart West [de] at Bebelstraße 22 in 70193 Stuttgart.

You do not have your accommodation in Stuttgart?

Then you need to go to the city hall of the place of your residence. Should you have questions, please contact the International Office.

Registration/enrollment at the university (Einschreibung)

After your arrival in Stuttgart you must enroll in person at the Admissions Office. Find the necessary steps for enrollment listed in our Welcome Guide.

Important:
Your student ID card and the stamp validating your student ID will be sent to you by post to the address you entered in C@MPUS. In order to make sure that your student ID card will be sent to your current address in Germany, please change your address in C@MPUS as soon as you have arrived in Germany. If you do not have an address in Germany, you may enter the address of a friend to whom the student ID can be shipped.

Semester and monthly passes for public transportation

Your Studienausweis (student ID card) has a VVS symbol on the back which validates it for public transportation. You can use your Studienausweis to travel on all buses, Regionalzüge (regional trains), S-Bahnen (commuter trains) and the U-Bahnen (subway) in the Stuttgart region from Mon - Fri after 6 pm and all day on weekends and holidays.

There are two additional offers for students:

  • Monthly tickets with Verbundpass [de] are valid for a one month period starting at any time. The Verbundpass will only be valid for the zones that you specify. If you need a monthly ticket for September or March because you are participating in the intensive German course, you can get a provisional student identity card at the International Office to buy it at the student price.
  • The StudiTicket allows you to use the whole VVS transportation network without time limits and during the entire semester (October 1 to March 31 or April 1 to Sept 30).

Contact

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  • +49 711 685-68566
  • Write e-mail
  • Office hours: Mon to Fri: 10:00 am – 12:00 am, Mon and Wed: 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm