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Dusseldorf, Germany

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 17, 2022

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Dusseldorf, Germany: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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Is the cost of living in Dusseldorf high?

We asked people about the cost of living in Dusseldorf, they wrote:

"Here are some of the cost of living figures for Dusseldorf, Germany. Flat rent 1000-1500 Eur Flat buy 3000 Eur/m2 Avg Restaurant 8-10Eur/meal Car leasing 300-500 Eur/month Car insurance vary 1000-2000 Eur/year Insurances 300Eur/year Health insurance private 400 Eur/month Health insurance public 400-800 Eur/month Income tax vary depending family status," explained one expat living in Dusseldorf.

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What are the visa & residency requirements in Dusseldorf?

"If you are from the EU, you don't need a visa nor are their residency requirements. If you are from outside of the EE, a visa & work permit are needed, but easy to get if you come to work," explained one expat living in Dusseldorf.

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How do I meet people in Dusseldorf?

If you live in Dusseldorf, newcomers to Dusseldorf would love to hear your answer to this question.


When we asked people living in Dusseldorf about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"The Duesseldorf Group on meetin.org (http://www.meetin.org/city/MEETinDUESSELDORF) is the easiest way to meet new people. Alternatives are the Irish pubs (such as Buck Mulligans and O'Reily's, both in the Old Town) and the International Library," remarked another in Dusseldorf.

"If a woman, American or other English-speaking, and there is an American women's club in your area, then I would HIGHLY recommend it. See their umbrella organization's - Federation of American Women's Clubs Overseas - website (www.fawco.org) for those clubs (www.fawco.org/fawcoweb/clubs) and links to their websites. Currently over 17,000 members from 76 clubs located in 34 countries worldwide," explained one expat.

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Will I be able to find a job in Dusseldorf?

When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in Dusseldorf, they reponded:

"Having a portable career that you can do from anywhere eliminates the stress of trying to find a new job every time you move to a new city. For people who are looking for jobs in Dusseldorf, it is good to get involved with the German-American business club or American Women's Club to start networking. It is not always easy if you do not have a work permit or language skills. That is why I recommend having multiple streams of income to support your international lifestyle," said another expat in Dusseldorf.

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What are the schools in Dusseldorf like?

"Follow the life of the Website and do not hesitate to ask questions, make one or several appointments for visits and visit the school with your children," said another parent with children at International School of Duesseldorf in Duesseldorf.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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