5.1.1 Registering at the Local Registration Office | Bürgeramt

On arrival in Berlin, international students are required to register at a Local Registration Office, preferably at one not far from the new home, within 14 days after moving into an apartment or hall of residence. The necessary forms are available from the Local Registration Office or downloadable as PDF file. Additionally, you must present a confirmation of arrival (Einzugsbestätigung) from your landlord. Appointments can also be made online.

A list of Registration Offices including their addresses and opening times can be found online.

Community helpline:

Phone: (+49 30) 115 (switchboard)

Office hours (by appointment)
Mo - Fr   7.00 - 18.00

Please do not forget to deregister after your stay in Germany via this particular document for deregistration (Abmeldung).

Freedom of Movement Certificate/EU Citizens' Residence Regulation
Because of a change concerning the Law on the Freedom of Movement in the European Union (EU), the Registration Offices no longer provide any free movement permits.

Swiss citizens enjoy a similar right of free movement, but need to apply for a residence permit – Switzerland (Aufenthaltserlaubnis-Schweiz) from the Foreigners’ Registration Office (Ausländerbehörde). Prerequisites are sufficient financial resources, appropriate health insurance and a valid passport or identity card. They may also apply through the Visa Service (► 5.1.3).