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1 year stay in germany

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1 year stay in germany

I would like to live for 1 year in the southwest Germany area and travel around from there to different parts of Europe. I would prefer to live in a smaller centre, i.e. Kehl or others. What would the cost of a small apartment or studio suite be. Approximately how much would a small car cost me, or would i need one as train service is so convenient. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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1. Re: 1 year stay in germany

The first thing is are you allowed to stay in the Schengen area (which includes Germany) longer than 90 days in a half year. Tourists aren't allowed to do that, and in most cases that should be the end of your idea.

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>I would prefer to live in a smaller centre, i.e. Kehl or others. What would the cost of a small apartment or studio suite be. Approximately how much would a small car cost me, or would i need one as train service is so convenient.

Assuming that the visa issues are already sorted out, the question is how "small" an apartment would be. The cost is also very dependent on location, as you understand. It is difficult to get an apartment rented for just one year for a reasonable cost, as for a normal apartment you would have to buy all the furniture including kitchen, and it is not in the interests of the landlord to let it for just one year and go through the whole search for a new tenant a year later. Furnished apartments are rather found in larger cities where international companies operate. You can probably rent a "Ferienwohnung" (holiday apartment) for a year but it will be very expensive.

Whether you need a car depends on location within the town and also which town - some have better public transportation services than others. In a town of the size of Kehl (why, of all things, Kehl????) a car adds to convenience but is not really a necessity of life - a bike is often sufficient.

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In Kehl is the University of Public Administration, thus the landlords won't be shocked is someone wants to rent for a year. And there will be more or less furnished apartments on offer. Also an option to consider is a WG (Wohngemeinschaft - an appartment shared with other). Normally the best way to improve your German if this is one aim of your stay.

But the best hub in this area would be Offenburg

http://www.offenburg.de/

Twice as big and a more important rail knot. Again a town with students - but not student city like Freiburg or Heidelberg where students are a large portion of the inhabitants with quite some effects on accommodation.

TGO (Ortenau - e.g. Offenburg and Kehl - local public transport) network map

ortenaulinie.de/tgo_dateien/TGO-Internet-Lin…

railroad map Baden-Württemberg

http://www.bw-bank.de/privatkunden/

Offenburg is also served by ICE trains

bahn.de/p/…MDB70121-ice_2010.pdf

Car sharing in Offenburg

http://www.zeitauto.de/

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Have also a look into Toytown Germany, a site more dedicated to longer stays in Germany than this travel forum.

www.toytowngermany.com/forum/index.php…

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railroad map Baden-Württemberg (correct link)

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to Marcopolko- thankyou for your input re-legal requirements..

to altamiro--thankyou for your valuable information re- apartments

to abalada--thankyou for suggesting Offenburg as a base and for all the travel information.

I am fairly familiar with the German language; can understand and speak it well enough to have my needs and wishes known but would like to spend time in France and Switzerland, therefore thought Kehl might be a good base. However, after checking out Offenburg, I agree, that would serve me much better,

Once again, I appreciate each and every reply.

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