Moving to Darmstadt

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What to know if you're moving to Darmstadt

Expats moving to Darmstadt will find an endearing, lively city much like other German cities. The weather is not extreme and expats will encounter a warm and dry summer, and cold winters. Find more information in the InterNations GO! Guides!


All about Germany

From moving your household goods to obtaining a residence and work permit, this guide offers you a range of practical tips on the necessary steps to move to Germany. It outlines important factors, including healthcare, education, housing, and other essential requirements for moving to Germany.
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Relocating to Darmstadt

About the City

Darmstadt is located in the south-west of Germany, and is one of the largest cities in the state of Hesse, behind the state capital Wiesbaden and Frankfurt. It has a population of over 150,000 people, but when considered as part of the larger Darmstadt urban area, this increases to around 400,000.

Although the population is largely made up of native Germans, there is a growing expatriate community located in the city, drawn to Darmstadt by its flourishing industrial and chemical sectors. There is also a significant American presence in Darmstadt, mainly due to the established American military base, as well as a large student population. Although the official language is German, many people will speak at least some English, and fluency is common amongst the students.

The Climate in Darmstadt

Expatriates moving to Darmstadt will need to adjust to a mild climate, which is characterized by moderate rainfall and mild temperatures all year round. The summers are warm and dry, with average temperatures ranging between 23°C (73°F) and 25°C (77°F), but it has been known to reach as high as 35°C (95°F) in July and August, which are by far the hottest months. In winter, the temperature drops to between 1°C (34°F) and 5°C (41°F) on average, and on rare occasions it has been known to fall to −4°C (25°F). The balmy summers are warmest in the southern region of Darmstadt, and as a result, the area is now home to many vineyards and farms.

Visas for Germany

As Germany is a member of the European Union, EU/EEA and Swiss nationals will not need a visa to move to Darmstadt or to stay for up to 90 days. If they wish to stay for longer than 90 days, they must register with their local administrative office, but this is just a formality.

Non-EU/EEA nationals, and EU nationals from some new member states and Eastern European countries, will need a visa to move to Darmstadt. In some cases, they may even need a visa to enter Germany, and so are advised to check with their local embassy or consulate. Residence visas for Germany are issued on a temporary basis, usually up to one year. In situations where they are applied for alongside work permits, they may be issued for the length of the employment contract.

InterNations GO!
by InterNations GO!
06 December 2018

Living in Darmstadt

Its strong cultural history and the numerous historic buildings in the city make living in Darmstadt a cultural experience for expats. As a German city, Darmstadt has a low crime rate and a good public school system where kids are taught in German. English curricula are offered in private schools. Find out more with the InterNations GO! Guides!
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Working in Darmstadt

The ease with which you can get a work permit depends on your nationality and academic track. As a European city people from EU can get it easier. Once there, Darmstadt is a great place to live and work, and definitely not something to regret. Read up on job hunting and income taxation with our InterNations GO! Guide!
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