New to Graz

New to Graz? This English Brochure produced by the City of Graz has lots of useful information about living in Graz (Education, healthcare, transportation, marriage etc). They also have it available in other languages here.

Registration! Don’t forget to register with the city of Graz within three days of moving here “Anmeldung” (also whenever you change your place of residence in Graz) otherwise you could receive a fine. Here is all the registration information, including at the bottom an example of the ‘Meldezettel’ form in English and other languages. If you are a EU citizen you will also need to do an additional registration (Anmeldebescheinigung) after 3 months of living in Austria and no later than 4 months.

Accomodation? has a great post all about finding rental accommodation in Graz. You can also read on her blog about the different neighourhoods to live in.

Families? For kindergarten places, schools enrollment, afterschool care etc the Abi Services are very helpful and can speak English. They also run the IBOBB-Café which hold information talks on all the different types of secondary schooling / training options. They also offer support in Russian, Romanian, Farsi, Turkish and BKS.

For an overview of the Austrian education system see here or you can download a useful brochure here.

For general information on places to take your kids, holiday activities (often sponsored by the city of Graz), and a very useful English info sheet explaining all the family benefits, visit the ZweiUndMehr office at Karmeliterplatz 2. If you are living in Styria and receiving family benefit don’t forget to register for your ZweiUndMehr card – it allows you to travel on public transport as a family for reduced price and your kids travel with you for free. Plus it offers lots of other discounts around Styria for example at swimming pools for a family ticket. They also offer information evenings in English several times a year explaining pregnancy, the primary school and secondary school systems.

Doctors? You can read more here how to find a doctor who speaks your language.

Pregnant? GoodinGraz has lots of information about having baby in Graz.

German lessons? here are some free or affordable places where you can improve your German

Friends? here are some places / groups where you can connect with other international people.