Are you planning to move to Hamburg because of a new job, a professional project or a course of study? Our guide provides you with helpful tips and information to make your move easier.
Hello Hamburg! Hamburg is one of Germany’s most popular cities. Here you will find not only wind and water but also numerous cultural and leisure activities. Paired with the wide range of culinary offerings, you can see why Hamburg's quality of life is so high.
Where do I want to live?
No matter whether you are looking as a family, a couple or a single, Hamburg has great districts for everyone. The German city of Hamburg has seven different districts: Altona, Eimsbüttel, Hamburg-Mitte, Wandsbek, Bergedorf, Harburg and Hamburg-Nord. These seven districts of Hamburg are fairly large, but they are further divided into individual neighborhoods.
If you prefer to live in a hip, trendy district, the best thing to do is to look for an apartment in St. Pauli or Sternschanze. Many families enjoy the neighborhoods Eimsbüttel, Ottensen, Eppendorf and Iserbrook, as well as other quieter districts. Students quite like the Altona, Karoviertel, and Rotherbaum neighborhoods.
Visit this page for all district descriptions
How do I find an apartment?
Moving to Hamburg means first of all that you have to find an apartment. It is generally known that this is not always easy in Hamburg.
Many people who move to Hamburg choose an interim furnished apartment, usually as a temporary solution. Furnished apartments are practical, because they make the move to a new city much easier. Moreover, in many cases they can be booked directly without a viewing. Once you arrive in Hamburg, you can then look for a permanent apartment in peace and quiet.
How and when can I register my address after my move to Hamburg?
If you move to Hamburg from abroad and plan to stay for more than three months, you must register your address with the district office. You should make an appointment in advance to avoid long waiting periods. To register, you have to appear in person at the district office and bring a confirmation of accommodation with you. The lessor must sign this confirmation.
All further information on how to register in Hamburg can also be found on the official website of the city of Hamburg.
How do I get around in Hamburg?
It is generally rather difficult to get around in Hamburg by car. The Hanseatic city is known for its very busy streets and numerous traffic jams. Moreover, it is not easy to get a parking place in the central areas.
If you decide to go by bike, your life will be easier. Locals will complain that there is room for improvement, but Hamburg has many well-developed bicycle paths. Tip: Many Hamburgers already use the Stadtrad call a bike system (https://stadtrad.hamburg.de/de) to rent a bik easily, flexibly, and cheaply.
The Dutch company "Swapfiets," which is now also in Hamburg, had a good idea. You can use their service to get your own bike for a relatively low monthly fee, including lock, headlight, theft protection, breakdown service, and maintenance. This is a very practical solution for getting settled in Hamburg. The subscription can be cancelled monthly, and you can also change your location if you make another move.
Many prefer public transport to get from A to B. Whether using the S-Bahn, U-Bahn, bus or even the ferry, in Hamburg you are generally well connected and can get to your destination quickly. If you are out enjoying Hamburg's nightlife, night buses, S-Bahn and U-Bahn will get you home safely