SURFING THE WEB AND SENDING LETTERS

Most student halls of residence and flat-shares in Germany have Internet access. But it’s not a problem if you don’t have your own personal connection. There are many other ways of getting online – at the university, libraries, Internet cafés, etc. You can send letters and parcels with the Deutsche Post.

INTERNET

Most student halls of residence and flat-shares (WGs) are fitted with an Internet connection. If you have a PC or laptop, you can easily log on to the Internet from your room via cable or wireless connection (WLAN). If you can’t access the Internet from your room, you have two options. You can either register for an Internet connection or obtain mobile Internet access.

In most cases, you need a landline for a standing Internet connection. You can find affordable offers on the web – for example, on price-comparison sites for Internet connections. If you’d rather get mobile Internet service, you also have several options to choose from – such as using a SIM card or surf stick, signing up for a flat-rate package or a prepaid plan.

However, students can get by just fine without their own Internet connection. There are numerous workstations around campus at most universities, e.g. in the libraries, where you can surf the web for free. Many universities offer campus-wide wireless service. All students receive their personal login data after enrolment. There are many Internet cafés in university towns where you can surf the web and send e-mails inexpensively.

POSTAL SERVICE

You can send your letters and parcels to every corner of Germany and around the world using the German postal service – the Deutsche Post AG.

You can take your letters and parcels to any post office, designated by a black postal horn on a yellow background. You can also drop your letters into the yellow postal boxes located around town. There is a timetable on every letter box, stating when the next pickup is scheduled. You can send small and large parcels from specially designated “Packstationen” (parcel stations). If you’re not home very often to receive parcels, you can also have them sent to a parcel station.

You can ask about postal fees for letters and parcels directly at the counter in the post office or online using the postage calculator. The price depends on the size and weight of the item and the country of destination. Letters (up to 20 g) in Germany cost 60 cents and postcards cost 45 cents. The price for international delivery of larger parcels under 500 g starts at around 3.50 euros. You can purchase stamps at the post office, at the stamp vending machines outside, and on the website of the Deutsche Post.