New in Essen?

Welcome to the heart of the Ruhr Area

This is somewhere you want to live. Citizens of Essen know that living in the centre of one of the most interesting regions in Europe not only makes you feel good because it is a capital of culture, but it also lets you enjoy life to the full at all times.

Introducing Essen

With ca. 580,000 inhabitants, Essen is one of Germany’s ten largest cities. During the last century the Ruhr city became above all known for having the largest coal and steel industry on the European continent; it is much older than Berlin or Munich and even at that time could look back on a 1000 year history. "Change through culture - culture through change": the theme that palpably characterises the entire region and the city of Essen has also convinced Brussels. Essen, along with the Ruhr District, has been nominated by the European Commission as the European Capital of Culture of 2010.
Essen introduces itself

At home in Essen

So that you, too, will quickly feel at home here, we have used these pages to collect offers and information from, specially for new residents. This ranges from the mandatory visits to the government offices, all the way through to questions about accommodation, health, leisure and family.

Questions and suggestions about things you cannot find on these pages will probably be answered by the comprehensive information on as a whole.

Service for new residents of Essen

If you have moved to Essen from another city, you will have to register yourself, and if applicable everyone else who lives in your household, at the Bürgeramt (Citizen Centre).

Under the Registration Law, this registration process must take place within seven days of moving into the new property.
Further information on registration of persons

If you still cannot find information or services, we have set up a special service for you:

Simply send us your question or suggestion using the email form, and in this way you can help us to continuously improve our service.

The City of Essen is delighted to welcome you as new residents of Essen.

Your Residents Advisory Service Team

Service-Center (information in German)


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