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Moving to Munich: How to Register Your Stay

By  Sunday, 6.12.2015, 08:40    Moving to Munich

You have made the big move to Munich, beaten off all the other apartment hunters and found a place called home (if you are still searching, there are some apartment finding tips here). Your next step is to enter the system and register your stay. 

If you are staying for more than three months in Germany, you are required to register your address within two weeks of arrival at the Residence Registration Office in Munich, or Bürgerbüro. There are six locations in the city - here is the list, together with closest public transport for each:

Hauptgebäude KVR (closest public transport U3 / U6 Poccistraße) Ruppertstr. 19 80466 München

Pasing (S-Bahn 3, 4, 6, 8, 20 Bahnhof Pasing, Tram 19, Rathaus Pasing) Landsberger Straße 486 81241 München

Leonrodstraße (U1 Rotkreuzplatz) Leonrodstr. 21 80634 München

Orleansplatz (U5 Ostbahnhof; all S-Bahns) Orleansstr. 50 81667 München

Riesenfeldstraße (U3 Petuelring, bus 178 Anhalter Platz) Riesenfeldstr. 75/1 80809 München

Forstenrieder Allee (U3 Forstenrieder Allee) Forstenrieder Allee 61a 81476 München

There is a general enquiries number which works from Monday to Thursday from 07:30 - 15:30 and on Friday from 07:30 to 13:00 - 089/233-96000. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Office opening times for applications are as follows:

Mon, Wed, Fri - 07:30 - 12:00

Tues - 08:30 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 18:00

Thurs - 08:30 - 15:00

In order to register, you will need to bring a passport of ID, as well as a statement from your landlord that you are living there. This is known as a Wohnungsgeberbestätigung, and a link to the form is at the bottom of this article. You can also authorise someone else to register on your behalf (another form on the same link), and if you choose this option, that person must bring both your identification document, as well as their own. 

Once you have registered, you will receive written confirmation. This document is important so keep it safe, as you will need it for various procedures, such as opening a bank account. If you change address while in Munich, this change has to be registered with the same procedure.

Once you leave the country, you are required to deregister (and yes, there is a form for that), although you are not required to deregister if you move to another location within Germany. 

The system is relatively painless, although you may be subjected to queues, so come prepared with a little patience. 

For downloadable forms for all the above documents, click here.



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Paul Bradbury

After 12 years living on the most gorgeous island in the world, Hvar in Dalmatia, I have begun to wonder if there is still life beyond its shores. Prior to discovering Paradise in 2002, I was a world traveller, living and working in Japan, Georgia, Somalia, Rwanda, Russia... and Munich.

After 95 countries and some 25 years have passed, the memories of my year in the hotel industry in the Bavarian capital (fired by the Sheraton for losing our pet snake, the first male chambermaid at Hotel Arabella, and a truly eye-watering introduction to five-star living in  my days as a bellboy in luxury Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten) are strong, and the call of Munich has been a constant theme over the last quarter century. 

And so here I am, answering the call some 25 years later. Twelve years of island living have changed me for sure, but also left me curious about life in a big city, and whether or not I could adapt to it after such an insular decade. 

I was surprised to see that for such a magnificent multi-cultural city, English-language blogs and regularly updated information are not that available. Static tourism information, such as that provided by the excellent tourist board website yes, but accounts of daily life delivered daily? Hard to find.

And so I have decided to take a break from my idyllic island and see if I could live in a city again. And what better way to try than to discover modern Munich in all its facets after so many years. It is a journey of discovery which I am relishing, and I hope the site proves to be of interest for Munich residents and its numerous visitors.

About Paul Bradbury

Author of Lebanese Nuns Don't Ski, Lavender, Dormice and a Donkey Named Mercedes and Hvar's first comprehensive guidebook, Hvar: An Insider's Guide to Croatia's Premier Island, as well as co-author of Split: An Insider's Guide with Mila Hvilshoj, I have lived in Dalmatia full time since 2003. In addition to running Total Munich, I also run Total Split (, Total Hvar ( and Total Inland Dalmatia (, as well as being an accredited Google News journalist for Digital Journal in Canada.

I also have various blogging clients, including the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board, European Coastal Airlines, Touristar TV and Andro Tomic Wines, and print clients include Qatar Airways inflight magazine, Out! magazine from New York, and Croatian Hotspots. 

In December 2014 I was delighted to receive the Marko Polo 2014 Award from FIJET Croatia (Federation of International Travel Writers and Journalists)  at a ceremony for the Croatian Journalists Society for the best international tourism promotion of Croatia. More here.

Ongoing writing projects:

A History of Hajduk Split, co-author with Frane Grgurevic - in 2015

Around the World in 80 Disasters - out in 2015

Total Hvar in the Media:

Interview of the Month, Croatian Embassy in Washington (May 2013)

Special Feature in Globus Magazine (May 2013)

Featured on Croatian TV show, More (2012) - watch the report here

Interviews in Slobodna Dalmacija, Dalmacijanews, Radio Split

I am available for writing services. Please contact me on [email protected] or visit my main writing website, 

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