Last updated on Jul 10, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Freiburg, Germany: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know before moving to Freiburg?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Freiburg, they said:
"Freiburg, located in the southwest of Germany, is known for its beautiful old town, scenic beauty, and advanced environmental practices. It's a city that values sustainability, with a well-developed public transportation system and a strong emphasis on cycling and walking. The city is also home to one of Germany's oldest universities, the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, making it a vibrant student town. Before moving to Freiburg, it's important to understand that the cost of living can be relatively high compared to other German cities. This is particularly true for housing, which can be quite expensive and competitive to secure. It's recommended to start looking for accommodation well in advance of your move. The official language in Freiburg is German, and while many people speak English, especially in the university and among younger people, it's beneficial to learn some basic German phrases. This will not only help with day-to-day tasks but also with integrating into the local community. Freiburg has a temperate seasonal climate, with warm summers and cool winters. It's one of the sunniest and warmest cities in Germany, but it's also located at the edge of the Black Forest, so it can receive a fair amount of rain. The city has a rich cultural scene, with numerous festivals, music events, and traditional markets throughout the year. It's also a great place for outdoor activities, with easy access to hiking and skiing in the Black Forest. Healthcare in Germany is of a high standard, and it's mandatory to have health insurance. There are both public and private healthcare systems, and it's important to understand how these work before you arrive. Freiburg is a safe city with a low crime rate, but like any city, it's always important to be aware of your surroundings and take basic safety precautions. Finally, it's worth noting that Freiburg is located near the borders of France and Switzerland, making it a great base for exploring other parts of Europe," wrote a member in Freiburg.
How do I find a place to live in Freiburg?
About the Author
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.
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