Things to get done in the first days

Bank Account

Whether it’s for paying your rent, the telephone bill or to do your groceries, a German bank account might be helpful, also to save money (e.g. fees for foreign remittances..). We would like to recommend some banks to you:

Postbank

The Postbank provides an account that is free of charge for students. If you like to, you can also use the online banking, get an instant access account and a visa card which is free of charge during the first 12 months. Besides, transfers into foreign European and Swiss bank accounts are at a fair price.  

Sparkasse

The Sparkasse also provides an account that is free of charge for students. In Potsdam and Berlin, the Sparkasse provides a huge amount of branches and for this reason, it’s quite easy to reach them, if you have any problems. The only disadvantage is that the Sparkasse is organized in a regional way. That means that it is not possible to get account statements or other services in another Federal Land (e.g. in Berlin, if you have your account in Potsdam!), but you can get cash for free in every German branch.

Deutsche Bank

The Deutsche Bank provides the so called „Junge Konto“ which has online banking and is free of charge for students. Transfers into European bank accounts are free of charge as well! 

Furniture and accommodation

Your room might be completely empty or just a tiny bit might be missing. Be it as it may, here's a list of shops where you can find things to endow your room.

TOOM building centre Babelsberg

  • Description: Right next to HELLWEG. They might not have furniture of all kind but tools and basic things for equipping your place. They are in opposition to IKEA, in Potsdam and thus easier to reach for many of you.

  • Address:

  • phone: 0331 - 743750

  • Opening Hours: Mo - Sa: 8.00 - 20.00h

  • Public Transport:

    • Bus 601, 690 Stop: Eichenweg

    • Tram 92, 96 Stop: Abzweig betriebshof

HELLWEG building centre Babelsberg

  • Description: Right next to TOOM. They might not have furniture of all kind but tools and basic things for equipping your place. They are in opposition to IKEA, in Potsdam and thus easier to reach for many of you.

  • Address:

  • phone: 0180 - 535 34 35

  • Opening Hours: Mo - Th & Sa: 10.00 - 21.00h, Fr: 10.00 - 22.00h

  • Public Transport:

    • Bus 601, 690 Stop: Eichenweg

    • Tram 92, 96 Stop: Abzweig betriebshof

IKEA Tempelhof

  • Description: You very probably know IKEA yourself: reasonably cheap, same assortment everywhere, they sell everything from a dustbin over chairs and beds up to whole kichtens, at this location there are several other places to get furniture, tools or the like (though more expensive than IKEA): Bauhaus, Chateau, Möbel Kraft

  • Address: Sachsendamm 47, 10829 Berlin, Map (Google)

  • phone: 0180 - 535 34 35

  • Opening Hours: Mo - Th & Sa: 10.00 - 21.00h, Fr: 10.00 - 22.00h

  • Public Transport:

    • Bus M46, 106, 184, 204 or 248 Stops: Eresburgstr. / Schöneberger Str.

    • S-Bahn S2, S25, S41, S42, S46, S47 Stop: Südkreuz

    • Regional-Trains RE 3, RE 4, RE 5 Stop: Südkreuz

    • Subway U6 Stop: Alt Tempelhof

IKEA Spandau

  • Description: You very probably know IKEA yourself: reasonably cheap, same assortment everywhere, they sell everything from a dustbin over chairs and beds up to whole kichtens

  • Address: Gewerbehof 10, 13597 Berlin, Map (Google)

  • phone: 0180 - 535 34 35

  • Opening Hours: Mo - Th & Sa: 10.00 - 21.00h, Fr: 10.00 - 22.00 h

  • Public Transport:

    • Bus M45, 131 Stop: Teltower Str

Mobile Phone Communication

In Germany you have two possibilities to call by mobile phone: a prepaid card or mobile phone contract. To use a prepaid card you have to buy a special sim-card in a mobile phone shop or the internet. Sim-cards usually are very cheap e. g. 10,00€ with 5,00€ starting balance and can be charged with certain sums (e g. 5,00€) which you can use afterwards. The balance can be bought in many supermarkets, mobile phone shops or a couple of banks. If your mobile phone does not work with a Germany sim-card you can buy cheap mobile phones at Saturn or Mediamarkt. You can find cheap tariffs for prepaid sim-card here:

  • Simyo (0,09€/ minute or text, 0,24€/MB)

  • Congstar (0,09€/ minute or text, flat rate for congstar or German fixed lines for 10€/ month, no contract)

  • Callmobile (0,09€/ minute or text)

  • Blau.de (0,09€/ minute or text, 0,24€/ MB)

  • Klarmobil (0,09€/ minute or text, flat rate for German fixed lines for 10€/ month, no contract)

BUT: You get your Ortel mobile phone card with 7,50€ welcome credit in our offices or at the welcome events - for free! It is prepaid so you don't have any obligations.

If you chose a contract you can benefit from cheaper charges but you are engaged for 24 months, too, and have to pay the base amount for the full time. The biggest mobile phone contractors in Germany are:

  • T-Mobile

  • Vodafone

  • 02

  • E-Plus

Most of the mobile phone contractors do not offer cheap charges for calls outside Germany. In those cases we advice a special phone card which you can buy in internet shops or phone cafés or the internet itself. Free download for Skype http://www.skype.com