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Information for Guests

Information about housing and life in Germany

Emergency telephone numbers, medical services, doctors

Security service for the institute:

From any institute phone: 0 73 7444
From your mobile phone: +49 228 73 7444

Childcare and schools

Consultation with us

We are happy to help our guests with questions about childcare and schools. When looking for the right childcare it always depends on the period of time and what kind of care is needed.
Below you will find general information and links about the topic of childcare and schools. Furthermore, we provide information about help that you can get from various counseling centers on the respective topics and especially from us.

Living in Bonn

General information on looking for somewhere to live in Bonn

As Bonn is home to a number of international research facilities and companies, short-let furnished accommodation is in great demand. Furnished apartments in a central location are very much sought after on the Bonn accommodation market, so we advise you to begin looking in good time before you arrive. The following list of abbreviations may be useful when looking at adverts for accommodation.

Visa regulations and regulations on residence

Visa and travel to Germany

The internet page of the "Foreign Office" provides detailed information on visa guidelines for travel to Germany. You can also find further useful information via the "Welcome Center" of Bonn University

Health insurance, medical services and doctors

Health insurance

You and any family members travelling with you will need adequate health insurance for the whole of your stay as a visiting researcher.

Your research stay in Bonn at our institute is based on our fellowship or financed privately, so you are not subject to statutory social insurance. Nevertheless, in any case you are required to have sufficient health insurance coverage - preferably - with a full assumption of costs for any medical assistance.

Banking and financial services


Generally, it is advisable to open a bank account for your stay in Germany. Alternatively, a bank account in your own EU country using the euro can be used.

If you have further queries, contact Ms. Svenja Beljaars or Ms. Maren Plugge in Administration.

Language courses

German courses at the MPIM

The MPIM offers a weekly private German course in small groups to all visitors to the Institute.
If you are interested, please contact Marianna Mäkelä.

German courses at the University of Bonn

The Welcome Centre at the University of Bonn, in collaboration with the Pro-Integration Association, offers German
courses for visiting scientists and their partners. For current courses at the University please see:

Getting around in Bonn

Local public transport

The city of Bonn has an excellent local public transport system, with good links to various parts of the city by bus, tram and underground or by Deutsche Bahn.

You can find further information on timetables, prices and online booking services on the homepages of the various transport companies.

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