Moving to Bremen


Welcome To Bremen

Living in Bremen is uncomplicated. It is compact and easy to get around, there is a wide choice of accommodation well served by public transport: it offers all the amenities of a much bigger city, but has a smaller much friendlier feeling!

Once you have decided to move to Bremen, making it your home entirely depends on being able to settle in quickly and establish a community around you, whether you are going to be here for just a few months or for many years. ISB has its own role to play in helping families feel quickly at home.

There are several relocation companies which our School Office would only be too happy to put you in touch with, they can help you find a place to stay and assist with all the other tasks that accompanying moving to a new city and country.

You can also have a look at Welcome Center Germany. This website provides help with a successful move  to Germany.

About Bremen

Bremen is a Hanseatic city straddling the River Weser in northwestern Germany. It has ca 547,685 residents and is the second largest city in north-western Germany with regard to population, after Hamburg. It is the capitol of the Bremen region and located in the state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen).

The city is a major cultural and economic hub in the northern region of Germany. It is is home to dozens of historical galleries and museums, ranging from historical sculptures to major art museums, such as the Kunsthalle Bremen and Übersee-Museum. The Universum, a fascinating science museum is just around the corner from the school and well worth a visit.

The Bremer Marktplatz (Bremen Market Square) is situated in the centre of the city and is surrounded by many great historical buildings very similar to those in Brussels.The most impressive of which is the Renaissance-style City Hall, decorated with many sculptures and ornamental arches. The Marktplatz is a much visited tourist attraction in October at the annual Freimarkt Fair and the beautiful Christmas market. Bremen is also famous for the Brothers Grimm tale the Town Musicians of Bremen and the animated movie based on it.

Bremen also has lots more activities for children on offer with sports clubs, playgrounds, parks and swimming pools, skating rinks and indoor adventure activities. Bremen is ideal for cycling and just next to the Technology Park where the school is situated, is the nature preserve area called Blockland which is a popular spot for day-trips and fantastic for biking, skating, and walking. If you live in Bremen you are only an hour from the north sea which offers its own special activities.

Going out in the evening is also no problem in Bremen, here you are spoilt for choice, the city has more than 1.400 cafes, restaurants, bars, ice cream parlors, beer gardens, cinemas, nightclubs and theaters.

The city is also home to large multinational companies such as Daimler, who produce Mercedes-Benz cars, and the Airbus Group.  Four-time German football champions Werder Bremen are also based in the city.

There are many research institutes in Bremen such as the Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), ZARM and Max-Planck-Institute to name but a few. They are situated mainly in the Technology park right next to the University of Bremen and the International School itself, this offers great opportunities and links for students at the school.

More information about what to do in Bremen can be found here.

The Climate in Bremen

The climate in Bremen is warm and temperate with higher than average rainfall, even in February, the driest month. The average temperature in July is 17°C (62.6°F) and 2°C (35.2°F) in December. Light snow can fall in the winter months but in general winters are mild. Bremen’s location close to the North Sea means the weather is often windy.

Visas for Germany

Citizens from any country in the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA) don't need a visa or other permit to visit, live, work or study temporarily in Germany. However, expats looking to live and work in Germany permanently will need a residence permit, which can be applied for after entering Germany. Up until 2020, citizens of one of the new EU member states, Croatia, will require work permits for their first year of employment. Citizens of most other countries will require a visa and a residence permit, and must apply and obtain a visa for work purposes before entering Germany. Contact your local German embassy for more information and advice, or see this dedicated website.