1. Am looking to move to FFM for a job near Messe. What are good areas for singles in their 30s? Am looking for a nice area, not too expensive, can be a bit multi culti, but still safe. I have lived in Berlin, so areas like Kreuzberg 61, Schoenberg, or even Pberg equivalent. I will most likely have a car, so parking will be a consideration.
2. I would be willing to share a place with 1-2 other working professionals. Anyone out there looking for a roommate? Or have suggestions where to look for roomies, possibly internationals? I do speak German fluently, but wouldn't mind an English living situation. I have some furniture and HH goods, so don't need a fully furnished place.
Anyone have recommendations for a nice place for dinner Dec 31? I have friends (a married couple ca 40) from the USA coming over and they would like to go out. Something nice, probably 3 or 4 course with a bubbly toast at midnight. Maybe dancing.
I expect it will cost easily up to or around 100€ pp, but for a nice night it is worth it.
I am rather new to AMS and don't know the proper places yet, so thanks for any tips!
Go to Berlin. It is a great choice of a city if you are young and a student. The economics alone would make the decision. I have lived there for 10 years - albeit working and paying taxes - and have recently moved to Amsterdam and it is much more expensive to live, but at least I am paying fewer taxes! (30% rule). It is much more international in flavor. Both countries have problems with certain groups of foreigners, but in your case I wouldn't worry about it. And if you live in Leiden, you are close, but it is not like living right in Amsterdam de Pijp or Jordaan.
If you speak German you will do well in Berlin; you will get a great education, have fun and live on the cheap in most districts. It is much different than Darmstadt, very bustling, lots to do (for little money) and I think the university scene is quite international. About German or Dutch women, I don't know, am a woman myself, but well, I won't get into the dating question in general.
You can always move to Amsterdam or any darn place you want after your studies. Just stay open minded and don't let the (German) phd get to your head! The German education is highly appreciated, just not always the attendant (somewhat arrogant) attitudes some people acquire with it.
It's hard to check the col for Augsburg, do check on the German site. I lived in Germany for 10 years, mostly Berlin. I think Hamburg will be more expensive than Augsburg overall. But Augsburg houses many technical companies (some of them in automotive parts supply and some hi-tech) so the wage level there is high too, sort of a knock-on effect from Munich, which is the most expensive German city. I think Hamburg is 2nd or 3rd most expensive.
It will be more expensive than Cincinnati in any case. It may come down to lifestyle. Bavaria is a bit more slow in pace, "friendly" on the surface to Americans (but as in many small towns, hard to really get to know the people), the countryside is rolling and quaint; Hamburg will offer more culture and amenities in general but has a more multiracial/international society and a bit more of an urbane feel, at least as is possible in Germany. You should be able to get by a bit better with English in Hamburg, but you will need to learn some German either place to truly get around.
Hope this helps a bit; Alles Gute und viel Erfolg!
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General questions for all:
- is health insurance in NL available via the State and is there a % of salary to pay, or a flat fee; or is it private and people pay market rates? (How do I go about finding a private health insurer)
- what is income tax, unemployment rate in general? Other taxes?
- are there any employer-paid savings/pension funds contributions?
- is a 13th month salary typical? Is this considered a bonus or just a normal distribution of annual salary?
I am an American coming from Germany, so I know the system here, but not so much up on the Dutch system. I do grasp the 30% ruling though and would work to attain that!