If you have made the decision to study in Hamburg, one of the questions that you may have is whether or not you will be able to work. It depends. If you are on a legal visa, then yes, you should be able to work. Take note, they are quite strict on their working requirements: if you break any of these rules, you could get into a lot of trouble and even be deported.
Here are the requirements for working in Germany; note that they vary depending on what country you are from.
- If you are a citizen of Group 1, you can work as much as you like without having to obtain any additional working permits. The following countries are considered to be part of Group 1: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, or United Kingdom.
If you are from one of these countries, you shouldn’t work any more than 20 hours a week while classes are going on. If you opt to work more, you will have to pay into social security.
- If you are a citizen of Bulgaria or Romania, you are considered a member of Group 2. In 2014, the rules for Group 1 will apply to you. Until then, you need to follow the same rules as in Group 3, which are listed below.
- If you are a citizen of any of the countries not listed above, you are considered part of Group 3. Group 3 has the most strict rules: you can only work 120 full days or 240 half days every year. You will also need to obtain a work permit from the Federal Employment Agency and the Aliens’ Registration Office in order to work as you study in Hamburg.
Now that we understand the laws you must adhere to in order to work in Germany, what kinds of jobs can you find in Hamburg? The good news is there are a variety of options for overseas students to consider when studying abroad in Hamburg.
Firstly, consider getting a job on campus at the university that you are attending. There are a variety of departmental jobs that you can find where you will most likely be doing some sort of filing or other secretarial work. You could also work at an on-campus library or at any other university institution.
Most students in Hamburg work as waiters or waitresses in cafes, pubs, and/or bars. Others may help take care of those attending exhibitions and trade fairs. Cleaning, babysitting, copying, cycle couriering, delivery, and a variety of other jobs are available and they’re fairly easy to find in the newspaper or via the Internet. You can also make sure to check the notice boards at your university, in local libraries, and at supermarkets. Many universities also have a job agency service for their students as well. Overall, it’s not difficult to find a job in Hamburg if you’re studying there. Office jobs, waiting jobs, and promotional assistant jobs are very popular in Hamburg, and all the universities offer student assistant jobs.
How much you get paid at a job depends greatly on how much you know, what your skills are, where you’re working and what industry you’re working in. Hamburg is one of the best cities to work in Germany due to their high rate of pay; of course, the cost of living is higher (as we discussed earlier) so it will probably even out. Most times, you can earn anywhere from five to ten euros an hour; your average supermarket employee will get around six euros, whereas office work could bank you up to ten euros per hour.
Overall, working as you study in Hamburg is a great decision. Jobs are usually flexible and work with you on your schedule, and even though the cost of living is high, the amount of money that you will make will definitely make up the difference.
For more information about Working while Studying in Germany please find at:
- Working and Social Security system in Germany
- Working Part-time as an International Student in Germany