Internship in Munich
I did my basic training in Munich but I do believe that no matter where you’re planning to move, this list can help you to think further.
When I heard about this place I actually heard about Munich for the first time as well. I wouldn’t have thought that I would go to Germany for longer ever, but when this option came to me, I wanted to take it as a challenge not forgetting the valuable experience what I would get for working abroad.
1. Take care of the finance, make it work!
People often say that “I would like to do that but I don’t have money.” I think that is just a excuse when you’re afraid to jump off from your comfort zone. There are plenty of organizations which provides financial support for students!
2. Start to search for place to sleep early enough, especially in big cities
The best place to start from: http://www.wg-gesucht.de/. Take a look also from Facebook, talk with people if they know someone… Ask from you school. Everything! / Munich is known about how hard is to find housing at an affordable price. Even older people are used to share their flat with someone.
3. Think about the every day life as well
Soon in Munich I noticed that besides of exploring this new city I should live there like in Finland. So remember: phone deals!!, big cities usually have pretty good paths for biking, public transport etc. I had phone deal for first month – Then I decided that it sucks, and I survived with Wifi & Skype.
4. Travel as much as you can
Sometimes even the locals don’t know the cheapest ways to travel but with minimal effort savings can be big. Use the weekends for travelling, not only abroad but also inside of the country you’re living.
During the summer I travelled in Germany, but also to Austria (Innsbruck in total 17€ – meinfernbus.de, Salzburg approx. 20€ Guten Tag -ticket..), Prague (approx. 55€ eurolines.de, starting from 9€..), Amsterdam (a bit more expensive, roundtrip by plane a bit under 100€)
5. Summary; budget, experiences
Thanks to Aldi (cheaper supermarket than LIDL…) and other cheap shops like DM I saved a lot of money. I had more to spend on extra things just because generally Germany is way more cheaper than Finland. Monthly budget for me was around 600€, including the rent(300€), food, travels, monthly ticket for public transport (50€), going out etc.