Upon Arrival to Bonn


After finding a place to live, there are a few things International Students will need to do.


Register with the City Council (Stadhaus) as a resident of Bonn.


After entering the building, you can approach the Information Desk and obtain a Ticket with a number on it to be seen. Once your number comes up, you go to the assigned table. Make sure to bring your Passport and preferably a letter from your Employer.

You will receive your stamped Anmeldung, which you must keep up to date for your Bank, Health Insurance and Employer.



Register with a Health Insurance Provider


There are a number of health insurance companies in Bonn, including:



Register with a Bank


This is a personal preference, but there are a few key points about banks that are worth noting:

  • Your bank account will allow you to use ATMs from that bank for free, and any of it’s associated partnersbut you will be charged for taking out money from banks outside their group.


The two most useful banking groups for Bonn in terms of ATM availability are:

  • German Savings Banks Finance Group (Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe)
    This is the largest German Public Bank subsector, with numerous ATMs all over Germany.
    This is primarily represented by the Sparkasse brand – (wikipedia link).
  • Cash Group : Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank, HypoVereinsbank, and Postbank
    Consisting of the four largest private German banks, they have an extensive ATM network. – (wikipedia link).