Moving to Vienna? No sweat! Follow these tips to make sure your transition is as smooth as can be.
Google Maps Tour
Check out where you’re living and studying! Use the street view feature on Google Maps to take your own tour of your new hood and find the closest grocery stores and train stations. Make note of nearby police stations and hospitals for your own peace of mind, too.
Organize your visa materials BEFORE you get to Austria!
Yes, applying from within the country is easier than getting to an embassy most of the time, but try to get most (if not all) of your documents organized before leaving for your big move. Settling in is stressful enough, and those deadlines come up faster than you’d think! Don’t be discouraged though- you got this!
Ask to talk to a current student
Talk with your admissions officer or study-abroad coordinator about being connected with a current student in Vienna. They can offer many more personal experiences and advice to you than a pamphlet can. And you have the added bonus of a local friend when you arrive. Score!
Lists, lists, and more lists!
Staying organized during a big move is key! Make and keep lists on a phone or a small book you have with you at all times- when you think of anything at all, write it down! If you can, keep an inventory of the items you’re bringing with you-it’ll make keeping track of everything so much easier.
Connect with your Neighbors
When you move in, make it a point to know your fellow residents. Knowing the people around you makes it easier to go out with them, go food shopping, and even cooking together! Two plates are better than one!
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
You’re moving to another country, which takes courage enough. Don’t be embarrassed or afraid to ask others for support-you deserve help and encouragement! Feeling nervous to food shop in German? Ask a friend along! Want to explore the city or try a new bar or restaurant? Invite a classmate or a neighbor! Have questions about the visa process or getting your housing confirmation? Don’t hesitate to ask your Student Resource Center.
First time around German?
If you don’t speak German (it’s okay!), make a cheat sheet (or check out the one below) of basic German food words. Some words are similar, like apple vs. der Apfel, but some are not, like strawberry vs. die Erdbeere. There’s no shame in having a list of words or bringing a German-speaking friend along with you!
|Food||das Essen||Apple||der Apfel|
|Meat||das Fleisch||Strawberry||die Erdbeere|
|Chicken||das Hähnchen||Raspberry||die Himbeere|
|Ham||der Schinken||Potato||die Kartoffel (or der Erdapfel in Austria)|
|Sausage||die Wurst||Onion||die Zwiebel|
|Drink||das Getränk||Rice||der Reis|
|Water||das Wasser||Cheese||der Käse|
|Milk||die Milch||Eggs||die Eier|
|Wine||der Wein||Bread||das Brot|
|Beer||das Bier||Butter||die Butter|
|Coffee||der Kaffee||Salt||das Salz|
Moving to Vienna is an amazing choice- from one semester to four years and beyond. If you follow these tips, you can spend more time enjoying the city and less time stressing. Have fun!