After arriving in Leipzig, you need to register at the Resident Services Office (“Bürgeramt”). It is possible to book an appointment online to avoid waiting in the queue.
You can also book appointments online for the

If you do not come with a visa for your entire stay, you will need a residence permit; this will be issued at the Foreigners’ Authority (“Ausländerbehörde”). Our Guideline for Public Authorities provide detailed information about registering with the Foreigners’ Authority and a list of documents you will have to present in order to obtain a residence permit (p.7) (Please note that some of the documents must be legalized/apostilled). If you want to make an appointment with the Foreigners’ Authority, please contact the Welcome Centre/International Office coordinator at your research institution or make an appointment yourself by filling in the online contact form.

The Welcome Centre Leipzig is a central, low-threshold contact point for first orientation for new Leipzig residents with a migration background. Employees from various institutions are available for advice during opening hours. For more information and the opening hours, see the Welcome Centre Leipzig website.

If you need a school or kindergarten, please also check the guide (p.16-18).  Here you can find a detailed description of how to apply for a childcare place.

A number of different types of insurance are very important. Health insurance is compulsory in Germany, although you are free to choose your own health insurance provider. Check our guide to find out more about health insurance requirements and a list of potential providers (p.13).

Everyone who has an employment contract with a German employer or in the public sector has the option of taking out public health insurance. Scholars as well as guest researchers who finance their stay themselves have the option of taking out a public health insurance if their residence permit is still valid for more than 12 months. Everybody else would need to choose private health insurance (p.14). The EURAXESS network offers a great overview of the German health insurance system. 

It may also be useful to take out civil liability insurance.

We can also help you if you have any questions or problems concerning things like opening a bank account (p.11). We can also give you further information about child, maternity and parental benefits (p.19f)  and childcare allowance (p.23).

For all questions concerning daily life, please look at our FAQ section.