Moving to Germany
An Essential UK Guide

Guten Tag, are you planning on moving to Germany from the UK? The country of poets and thinkers is a great place to live and there’s plenty of opportunity! So look no further, our article on removals to Germany from the UK is essential, since it acts as a stellar guide with information about removal costs, the impact of Brexit, work and life culture in Deutschland, and even free removal quotes!

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How Much Does It Cost to Move to Germany from the UK?

Such a great place to start, it’s always good to have an idea of the cost of removals to Germany from the UK before you start. For an idea of how much it costs to move to Germany from the UK, a 3-bed house removal can cost between £2,300-£3,200 by road, on average.

Given that your costs are such a crucial factor, you should check out our page on international moving costs for even more information on what costs you can expect from removals to Germany.

To give you an initial idea of how much removals from the UK to Germany can cost, the table below provides estimates for moving from London to Germany, depending on your household size and mode of transport.

Household SizeCost via RoadCost via Sea
1-bed flat£1,400-£2,000£2,200-£3,100
2-bed house£1,800-£2,500£2,900-£4,000
3-bed house£2,300-£3,200£4,700-£6,400
4-bed house£3,100-£4,200£5,300-£7,200
5-bed house£3,900-£5,300£7,300-£9,800

Disclaimer. The rates shown above are just estimates. Costs will vary depending on your actual point of departure and service rates of the company.

Just so you know, the biggest factor that will impact the price and quality is your choice of removal company for your move to German from the UK. So, be sure to request free removals quotes today by filling out the form below!

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Moving to Germany from the UK after Brexit

Unfortunately, due to Brexit you will need a visa to move to Germany from the UK, unless you are an EU citizen. You can visit the German Embassy where you will be able to find all the information and advice you need to guide you through the visa application process.

If you have any more question about visas for Germany? And we’re sure you do. Then you should check out our page about them here!

How to Move to Germany from the UK: A Checklist

To save you precious time, below we have compiled a checklist indicating what you need to organise prior to moving to Germany from the UK. Please visit our moving house checklist page for more general information. Once this checklist is complete,you can rest assured that your move from the UK to Germany will be smooth sailing.

Before You Move:

✔️ Documents

It’s important to keep these documents safe, moving can be chaotic. So, you should have duplicate copies just in case. Additionally, there are some documents that you should prepare or that will prove useful to have on hand when moving to Berlin from the UK:

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

✔️ Choosing a Removal Company 

Unless you intend to take charge and be responsible for shipping your belongings when move to Germany from the UK, it’s best to find a removal company. A great place to start looking is in our list of the UK’s top international removal companies!

✔️ Pack

As this is essential if you want to move your belongings, you should start early and read our expert packing guide to help you along the way.

✔️ Taxes

Before you move to Germany, you’ll need to contact HM Revenue and Customs. Since Germany and the UK have an agreement to avoid double taxation it should be easy, they just need to know that you want to avoid that. 😉

✔️ Pet

If you’re moving to Germany with pets, there are a few things that you’ll need to do, as stated by German government. For Cats and Dogs will need:

  • To be micro-chipped
  • Vaccinated for rabies
  • Must carry a written declaration that the pet will not be sold or exchange hands.

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After You’ve Moved:

✔️ Register

You will need to register your address with the local municipality within 14 days of your arrival. After this, you should receive a Steueridentifikationsnummer (tax ID number) which you need for tax and work purposes.

✔️ Healthcare

Fortunately, this will be an area of relative familiarity. As all foreigners living and working in Germany are entitled to subsidised health insurance. However, it is important to have health insurance in order to apply for a visa or residence permit. For more information, you can read more about healthcare in Germany here!

✔️ Learn the Language

Kann Sie Deutsch sprechen? Obviously, if you can’t, it might be high time to start learning or even revising. While you should start before you move to Germany, you can also learn after you arrive, there’s nothing quite like language immersion to start learning. Thus, you should avail of some resources that you can use to are the lessons offer by the DW and finding a language network through this German Ministry of Migration.

✔️ Banking

Undoubtedly, if you are planning on being in Germany for some time, it is strongly advised to get a German bank account, it’s best to avoid currency conversion fees if you can. Below is a list of banks to consider opening an account with:

✔️ Driving

While you can either drive it yourself, or have it shipped, the latter requires you to pay for the cost of shipping and transport insurance. After six months in Germany, your car will required a German number plate for a €200 fee.

Sirelo tip: Keep your gas tank full and healthy. Otherwise you might find yourself in trouble, as it is a criminal offence to run out of fuel on a highway. Uh oh!

Life in Germany as a British Expat

Now you know how to move to Germany from the UK, it is time to learn a little about German culture and working life. Not only does Germany promise the best pretzels and bratwurst in the world, but it also boasts the largest economy in Europe, despite having the shortest average working week!

The Cost of Living in Germany

Much like the cost of your move, this depends on where exactly in Germany you choose to live. While Berlin and Hamburg are generally considered the most expensive places to live, these cities are usually home to well-paying jobs. Hence, we’ve created this table showing some cost-of-living metrics for German and the UK to compare.

Rent for 1 bedroom apartment in the city centre£671£758
Basic monthly utilities for 85m2 apartment£196£156
1L of milk£0.71£0.91
0.5L of draught beer£3.16£3.63
1l of gasoline£1.28£1.27

Did you know? There are over 1,500 different beers in Germany! And in Bavaria, beer is officially considered as food. It goes without saying that we’re very envious of your move 😉  

Looking for Work in Germany?

Time for some more good news: the German job market is thriving! With it is commonly regarded as Europe’s industrial powerhouse and has the second lowest unemployment rate in Europe. Sounds like the place to be!

In particular, there are plenty of opportunities for skilled workers in the automotive industry, as well as IT specialists and manufacturing professionals. Like every country, the outbreak of COVID-19 has stunted the German market, so please visit our page on COVID-19 and Moving House to see how the pandemic might affect your move.

So, if you are interested in finding work in Germany, here is a list of some job search websites to start:

Ready to Move to Germany?

Now that you know how you can move to Germany from the UK, the final thing to do is to get excited! Even if you only remember some of what you’ve read, you should be on your way to a less stressful move.

But before we toast to your successful move, we just want to tell you that in Germany you should never say cheers with a glass of water. Otherwise, it’ll be interpreted as wishing death upon your drinking buddies; not a great way to meet new friends!  

Finally, don’t forget to check out the pages we have linked for you below, as there’s even more useful information that you can use to make your move go even better. We’re wishing you the best and Viel Erfolg bei Ihrem Umzug! 🙂


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