Getting started
Please find here information that might help you preparing your stay in Heidelberg.

Preparation stage - before coming to Heidelberg


A warm welcome to the CellNetworks community!

You have the privilege, and the benefit, of working in a unique environment. Not only is Heidelberg considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Germany – the picturesque ensemble of castle, Old Town and river nestled in the hills of the Odenwald. Heidelberg is also where future is shaped. The Ruperto Carola has been distinguished as a German elite university and is one of the leading universities in the world.

However exciting a new start may be, the first steps in an unfamiliar environment are always the hardest. This is why we have compiled some useful information. Besides, remember that our staff is ready to assist you at any time.


General information (e.g. Visas and entry procedures)








Housing and Accomodation



Moving to a new city is never quite easy. When you have finally found a place, you have to take care of things such as registering with the city or a finding a telephone or internet provider. The University and Studentenwerk offer help on a broad scale. Here are some useful contacts:


Permanent accommodation
Short-term accommodation







Administrative Steps   


Employment contract
Health insurance
Social insurance
Bürgeramt, Heidelberg's city administration
  • Registration as a Heidelberg citizen
  • Registration of your car
  • Child care, schools
  • Marriage



Promoting Young Scientists





 Graduate Academy

 Travel grants



Life in Heidelberg





 Public transport





Free German classes at the Internationales Studienzentrum

Members of CellNetworks can participate in free language classes organized by Heidelberg University's Internationales Studienzentrum. Please register with our Project Management Office, indicating the Cellnetworks research group you belong to. If you are entitled to participation, the Internationales Studienzentrum will provide you with all necessary information on the classes currently available, grading tests, etc.









Gender Equality at Heidelberg University Equal Opportunities Office





Family and Children





Child Care                                             


Financial Assistance for Families - Child Allowance Payments