Braunschweig is a city of short distances and the best means of transport is the bicycle. All the main streets have cycle lanes and you can reach the city centre from anywhere in Braunschweig in under 20 minutes. If you want to buy a second-hand bike, there are several options:
Ask your fellow students if someone has an old bike that is no longer needed.
You can also rent a bicycle. You pay a fixed amount per month, repairs are included in the price. If you do not need the bike anymore, you simply return it and end your contract.
Traveling with the semester ticket
Your student card is also your semester ticket. It allows you to use all buses and trams in the Braunschweig region and all local trains in Lower Saxony free of charge. Your semester ticket is only valid with your identity card or passport!
If you fall ill, your first point of contact for all health issues is a general practitioner (Allgemeinmediziner or Hausarzt). The best way to find a good doctor is to ask your acquaintances or friends for a recommendation.
If necessary, the general practitioner will refer you to a specialist (Facharzt). Ask your doctor to recommend somebody and to make an appointment for you directly. General practitioners and specialists can be found here:
Most doctors expect you to make an appointment by telephone. If you are seriously ill, make it clear that you would like to see the doctor that same day. Please remember to take your health insurance card (EHIC card or German health insurance card) with you.
If you have statutory health insurance, the doctor will invoice all costs directly to your insurance company.
If you have private health insurance, you will receive an invoice, which you will have to pay. You will then submit that invoice to your health insurance company, which will reimburse your expenses.
Medication in Germany is only available at pharmacies.
Medication for minor illnesses such as headaches or colds can be bought without a prescription in the pharmacy.
Many medicines require a doctors's prescription which you will have to take to the pharmacy.
If you have statutory health insurance, you will have to pay between € 5 and € 10 for most medicines. The rest is covered by your health insurance.
If you have private health insurance, you will have to pay the cost of the medication at the time of purchase, then submit the receipt to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Do you plan to take a part-time job in order to supplement your funds and gain work experience? Yes, but please be realistic. Your studies will take up a great deal of time and you cannot and must not fund your studies entirely through part-time work.
German labour law regulations
If you want to get a part-time job in Germany, you must observe the German labour law regulations for international students.
Students from non-EU countries are not allowed to work for more than 120 full days or 240 half days per year.
Students who earn more than € 450 per month must pay contributions toward the German pension fund. These contributions are transferable within the EU; students from non-EU countries can apply for a refund.
The conditions of your visa must not contradict a commencement of work.
Disregarding these regulations may lead to your expulsion!
For more information on working in Germany, please contact the Foreigners' Registration Office.
Your residence permit for study purposes is always issued for a limited period and must then be extended.
For this purpose, your immigration officer from the Foreigners' Registration Office will send you an e-mail about 8 weeks before your residence permit expires containing a date for applying for the extension.
If you do not receive an invitation, you should contact your immigration officer yourself, if possible also by e-mail.
In the e-mail from the Foreigners' Registration Office you will find a list of all the documents you will need to renew your residence permit. Please compile the documents in good time and bring them with you to your appointment.
Change of address
If you move within the city of Braunschweig, you will need to inform the Department of Citizen Affairs (Abteilung Bürgerangelegenheiten) of the City of Braunschweig of your new address.
Remember also to inform the university, your bank and your insurance companies about your new address. Place a change-of-address order at the post office.
You must renew your enrolment for every new semester! To do so, you will need to pay your semester fee for the new semester. We will inform you of the amount for the coming semester in good time by e-mail. By these dates the money must have been received on the account of the TU Braunschweig
If you are late in paying your semester contribution, an additional € 15 fee will be charged. If you have not paid by the beginning of the semester, your enrolment at the TU braunschweig will be cancelled!
End your enrolment
When you finish your studies at the TU Braunschweig, you have to end your enrolment. This is the official deregistration from the TU Braunschweig and it is particularly important if you want to study at another German university.
The TU Braunschweig offers a wide range of counselling services for students. Your first contact for problems with your studies or residence title is usually the Incoming Exchange Team. In addition, you can also contact the following counselling facilities directly:
Social counselling and psychotherapeutic counselling
individual counselling sessions on financial, social or personal issues
group courses on exam anxiety, time management and stress management
Support form students for students
The International Gauss Friends and the Erasmus Student Network offer support and assistance for settling in in Braunschweig and for all questions and problems you may have concerning your studies. Simply send them an e-mail or come and see them during their office hours.