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What do I need to know before moving to Munich?

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"Before moving to Munich it is important to note that the city is very populous and its population is predominantly German-speaking. It is important to be aware of cultural norms so as to not accidentally offend anyone. Additionally, research Bildung, the German educational program, if your children will be attending school. The cost of living in Munich is high in comparison to other German cities, and the city is known for its excellent transportation network. It is important to familiarize yourself with the different neighbourhoods and plan in advance, as it can be difficult to find housing due to the high demand. It is also important to research the best areas to live in, depending on what is important to you (e.g. near schools, public transportation, low crime rate, etc.). Finally, be sure to research what paperwork is necessary to move to Munich, such as residence permits and work permits," commented one expat who made the move to Munich, Germany.

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"Plan further ahead than the 90 days we did. Your driver's license is only good for 180 days if you live here. Plan ahead. IF you live in a state with full reciprocity it will be cheap and easy to get a German license. California doesn't have reciprocity so you have to do everything. Minimum cost will be 600 euros. (You pay for the tests every time your take them, you must pay a school to have a car to test in, Driving exam will be in German. Written is 80 driving is 160 plus car and driver.) Bring original documents, Especially if you are working of credentials. We also needed a postulated marriage certificate to claim married status for taxes. Would try to find a place near any job. Munich is pretty flat and bike infrastructure is good," remarked another expat in Munich, Germany.

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