Everyone who comes to Graz knows they have to fill out a Meldezettel to register. This is also standard for Austrians. It is less commonly known that EU/EEA citizens who stay in Graz longer than three months have to take an additional step…
In this case you must apply for an Anmeldbescheinigung (registration certificate) within the first four months of arrival. To do so you need to have proof of health insurance and financial means. Many expats live for years in Austria without knowing about this document, and only discover its existence when asking for money from the state (e.g. unemployment benefit, child allowance etc.). In this case you can be fined €250.
There is more general information available (in German) here: “Einreise, Aufenthalt und Niederlassung in der EU“. The application form can be downloaded here and in Graz you have to register at the Amt der Steiermärkischen Landesregierung, Abteilung 3, Paulustorgasse 4 as described here.
The relatively small and compact nature of Graz means that a bicycle is often the quickest and cheapest way to travel within the city. Having said that, it’s not the most bike friendly city in the world, and you should take the proper precautions (a helmet, lights, caution!). Continue reading
Graz is a very easy city to get around – the extensive tram and bus network cover most of the city. Public transport in Styria is run by Verbund Linie, and their site can be switched to English if needed. Continue reading
There are several possibilities to see English language movies without being dubbed into German. In general, look out for abbreviations such as OV (Originalversion) OmU (Original, mit Untertiteln = original, with subtitles). Continue reading
Those of you who are employed in Steiermark will have received a “Bildungsscheck” (education cheque) for €50 or €60 from the Arbeiterkammer (literally the Chamber of Workers, but basically the professional association for employees). Don’t throw this away! Continue reading
There are many choices for where and how to learn German in Graz. Here are a few examples of places to study: Continue reading
Deciphering adverts for flats can be quite difficult – to save space, they are usually packed with acronyms. Watch out for the following: Continue reading
There are usually plenty of flats in Graz, but finding the perfect combination of location, price, etc. can be tricky. The (very!) approximate cost for a flat is ~10 euros/sq m inclusive. If you go through an agency, you can pay 2/3 months rent as a (refundable) deposit (Kaution), PLUS the same again as a fee (Provision). Continue reading
On arrival in Graz, or when you change address, everyone has to Anmelden (register) (within 3 days). More details can be found on the Austrian government “HELP” pages. You need a completed “Meldezettel” application, signed by your landlord/agency to prove your address. Continue reading