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An Expat Talks about Living in Tubingen, Germany

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Tubingen

How long have you lived there?

10 years

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

German course at the VHS or the university, tandem programme which germans (usually students) use to get to know native speakers and exchange conversation, language skills etc. DAI is also the german american association with a library and courses, lectures etc.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

Slowly, as above they don't tend to expect an Asian Indian for example to be a doctor as in the UK, and if you don't speak German they are often very impatient although there are a lot of academics here so it is not as bad as out in the surrounding villages.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

The university hospitals and the university its self, Max Planck institute.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

The locals can be quite scarey! Not always open or friendly, tend to think an Asian or African looking person must be a cleaner or factory worker, they don't open their homes easily so takes ages to get to know them, luckily there are lots of foreigners here so best to just leave the locals alone and mix with the rest!

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

When looking for a flat or house stay in the town, don't be tempted by lower rent cost to go to the countryside villages around here, you will pay a fortune for transport and will still need atleast 1 car, 2 if family is with you. the countryside is nice for daytrips but the town is better to live in.

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