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Moving to Hamburg

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Are you moving to Hamburg? ‘Meine Perle’, a nickname which comes from it being the cultural centre of northern Germany, boast many enticing reasons to live there, from a booming economy and beautiful waterfront views, making this city your new home will seem like a dream come true. Of course, you’ll first need to survive a removal from the UK to Hamburg, and that’s where Sirelo comes in! We’ve made this essential guide on moving to Hamburg with moving costs, a checklist, and even free removal quotes to make your move simple. What are you waiting for? Read on!

How Much Does It Cost to Move to Hamburg?

Moving to a new city is exciting, and it’s even more exciting when you can bring your belongings with you! Of course, this costs money, like all good things. But how much will a removal from the UK to Hamburg cost you? On average you can expect to pay between £2,100 to £2,900 for 3-bed house.

If you’re curious about how you could mitigate that price, the best way is by arming yourself with knowledge of international moving costs. Understanding the factors that will determine the cost of your move to Hamburg will save you a pretty penny.

For price estimates of moving your home from London to Hamburg with overland transport look at the table below.

Household sizeTimeCost
1 bed flat9 – 11 days£1,300 – £1,800
3 bed house2 – 4 days£2,100 – £2,900
5 bed house 2 – 4 days £3,400 – £4,700

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Checklist for Moving to Hamburg

As with anything so dramatic, a removal to Hamburg from the UK requires some preparation. So, to help you avoid stress, we prepared this moving to Hamburg checklist to help get you on your way with less stress!

✔️ Visa

Unfortunately, due to Brexit you will need a visa to move to Berlin from the UK, unless you are an EU citizen. Fortunately, we have a great page on visas for Germany, so give it a read, it’ll really help you in the process!

✔️ Documents

Other than preparing your visa, here are some other documents that you should prepare before moving to Hamburg.

  • Passport
  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • Medical Documentation (including dental and immunizations)
  • University Degree(s)
  • Financial Statements
  • Health Insurance Policy

Be sure to keep these documents safe and consider even making duplicates!

✔️ Packing

Unless your removal from the UK to Hamburg will fit inside a suitcase, you’ll need to pack. Sometimes this can be the most stressful part of a move, but if you have an expert packing guide, it could be the smoothest part. 😉

✔️ Taxes

As you’ll be living abroad, you’ll need to inform HM Revenue and Customs. This will help you avoid being taxed in both the UK and Germany!

To start your paying taxes in Germany, you need to register your address after which you’ll receive your Steueridentifikationsnummer (tax ID number). Once you have it, your employer will require it.

If you’d like to know more, read our page on taxes in Germany.

✔️ Health insurance

German has compulsory health insurance that is required to cover the healthcare costs. However, as a relatively new arrival, you won’t be immediately covered, so having private health insurance when you arrive is recommended. Furthermore, if you’d like to avail of private healthcare, it’ll come in useful.

You might still have further queries about healthcare, in which case you should visit our page healthcare in Germany for more information.

✔️ Banking

It is important to open a bank account on arrival as there is not much you can get without one! Most German banks won’t let you sign up unless you have an address. Popular banks include:

✔️ Pets

If you’re moving to Hamburg with pets, there are a few things that you’ll need to do. Cats and Dogs will need to be:

  • Microchipped
  • Vaccinated for rabies
  • Carrying a written declaration that the pet will not be sold or exchange hands

While dogs are usually very welcome, Germany has an import ban on the following breeds:

  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Bull Terrier

If your pet isn’t covered here, you can visit the German Food and Agriculture ministry’s page on pets.

✔️ Driving license

If you are staying longer than a year in Hamburg, you will need to exchange for a German driving license. However, you still need a Führerschein to drive in Germany after your first six months in country.

If you are looking for a more general checklist, check out our moving abroad checklist!

Life in Hamburg

Despite being almost 100 kilometres from the nearest seafront Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city, gives you the impression that it is a real coastal town. The city has a huge port and you everywhere you look can find fresh fish and maritime memorabilia. Furthermore, the Fischmarkt in Hamburg is by far the best in Germany.

Cost of Living in Hamburg

Before you move to Hamburg from the UK, you might be interested in having some indication about the cost of living, as you’ll still be doing that. Look below for a comparison between London and Hamburg:

Monthly rent for 3-bedroom apartment in the city centre£3,200£1,600
Price to buy per square metre in the city centre£12,000£6,650
0.5L of draught beer£5.00£3.44
12 eggs£2.22£2.47
Monthly utilities for 85m2 apartment£185£200

Finding a Job

Hamburg is often named as the commercial hub of northern Europe. It is Germany’s wealthiest city due to two main industries, finance and its port. The financial sector in Hamburg is a huge and only likely to become stronger after Brexit. Furthermore, the port is one of the largest in Europe and drives the city’s economy forward as it is still able to accommodate huge ocean vessels despite being inland.

So, to help you in your job search, here are some online portals that you can make use of:

Ready to Move to Hamburg?

Nice, you’ve made it to the end. With all this knowledge, your removal to Hamburg should go off without a hitch! We’ll be so proud of how well you did. And if you use a removal company, don’t forget to leave a review!

On the other hand, we’re sad to see you go. But before you go, we’d just like to mention that we’ve linked some useful articles below. Consider giving them a read, they could help you in your move. Otherwise, good luck and have a pleasant move!