1. Bring things to decorate your dorm/flat/WG
I remember the first moment I entered my room in my WG and just thinking how white everything was! It took me quite a while to start collecting things to make it feel like home. I definitely recommend bringing at least photos from home, and maybe a flag or something. You will feel less homesick if you feel comfortable in your room!
2. Bring or buy „house shoes“
In Canada we rarely wear slippers inside, unless our feet are cold. Everyone in my WG constantly wears indoor shoes! My roommates always stare at me funny when I walk around barefoot or with only socks on, so definitely get yourself a pair of Hausschuhe.
3. Travel as much as you can
Since being here I have taken advantage of the extensive bus, train and flight networks. With budget airlines such as Ryanair and Easyjet, you can get around for next to nothing. The trains are a little bit more expensive, especially when they are long distance, but it’s so worth it to travel around Europe! You can just hop on a train or bus and be in a new country in a matter of a couple hundred kilometres (of course depending on where in Germany you are). I love to use the websites Skyscanner, Kayak Explore, and TrainlineEU.
4. Grocery Stores…
It took me awhile to find an actual decent sized grocery store here. There are plenty of small ones, but they don’t offer a lot of options. Also, if you have some favourite foods from home, either bring some with you or have someone send you a package once you’re here. I miss peanut butter and Lipton chicken noodle soup SO MUCH!
5. Speak German, speak German, speak German.
I know it may be hard at first (especially for those who come with absolutely no knowledge) but it is just so satisfying to have a conversation in another language! Even doing simple things such as ordering a coffee at a café or speaking to workers in stores is such an amazing feeling. Before you come, learn simple ways to communicate and you will be set for living here! Besides, English is lame anyways…
6. Change your devices to German!
This actually helps so much. I can read the news every day in German, and I have learned a lot of new vocabulary by doing this! Plus, when you travel you look cool.
7. Seize every opportunity.
I think a lot of people have an issue with this at first because being so far away from home is so difficult. But, I’ve had the absolute best times when I just randomly decide to do things. Talk to people in your classes, go to the bar, and try to be involved at Uni. At first it’s scary, but I promise you will not regret it.
Well, I think that’s enough for this week. I hope everyone enjoyed my tips!