Top Marks for Quality of life Owing to the Proximity to the Baltic Sea and Areas of Natural Beauty

Living in the region of Rostock means living in close proximity to the Baltic Sea. Whether you’d rather rent or own property close to the attractions and conveniences of the city centre or out in the idyllic peace and quiet of the countryside, you’ll find what you are looking for in the region of Rostock – and it’s certainly favourable and affordable in comparison with the other states in Germany. The region is also treasured for its high standard of public transport, phenomenal health provision, vast shopping possibilities, in addition to the diverse options for cultural and nature-based leisure activities.


National Qualified Professionals

As new citizens in the region of Rostock, you should register with the appropriate residents’ registration office (the ‘Ortsamt’ in Rostock) within 14 days of your move at the latest. You will require a valid form of identification and proof of residence, which you should obtain from your lessor. If you have any questions, we would be glad to assist.

The service portal of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern offers a broad overview on relocation topics including a guide to public administrations and A-Z services for new citizens.

 Find your appropriate residents registration office divided by district:

  • Ortsamt Nordwest 1:
    Seebad Warnemünde, Diedrichshagen
    Markgrafenheide, Hohe Düne, Hinrichshagen, Wiethagen, Torfbrücke
    Groß Klein
  • Ortsamt Nordwest 2:
    Lütten Klein
  • Ortsamt West:
  • Ortsamt Mitte:
  • Ortsamt Ost:
    Dierkow (Neu)
    Dierkow (Ost), Dierkow (West)
    Gehlsdorf, Hinrichsdorf, Krummendorf, Nienhagen, Peez, Stuthof, Jürgeshof
Ortsamt Mitte

Address: Neuer Markt 1a, 18055 Rostock Phone.: 0381 381-2241/ - 2243/ -2240/ -2239

Opening hours:
Monday: 09:00 - 12:00 o'clock
Tuesday: 09:00 - 12:00 o'clock anf from 13:30 - 18:00 o'clock
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: 09:00 - 12:00 o'clock and 13:30 - 16:00 o'clock
Friday: 09:00 - 12:00 o'clock

Ortsamt West in Reutershagen

Address: Goerdelerstr. 53, 18069 Rostock, Phone: 0381 381-2800/ -2801/ -2803/ -2804,

Opening hours:
Monday: 09:00 - 12:00 o'clock
Tueday: 09:00 - 12:00 o'clock and from 13:30 - 18:00 o'clock
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: 09:00 - 12:00 o'clock and from 13:30 - 16:00 o'clock
Friday: 09:00 - 12:00 o'clock

Ortsamt Nordwest 1 Groß Klein

Address: Albrecht-Tischbein-Str. 48, 18109 Rostock, Phone: 0381 381 2864 und 2862

Openig hours:
Monday: 09:00 - 12:00 o'clock                                                                                                                                        Tuesday: 09:00 - 12:00 o'clock and from 13:30 - 18:00 o'clock  
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: 09:00 - 12:00 o'clock and from 13:30 - 16:00 o'clock
Friday: 09:00 - 12:00 o'clock

Ortsamt Nordwest 2 Lütten Klein

Address: Warnowallee 30, 18107 Rostock, Phone: 0381 381-3178/ -3176/ -3123/ -3119

Openig hours:
Monday: 09:00 - 12:00 o'clock
Tuesday: 09:00 - 12:00 o'clock and from 13:30 - 18:00 o'clock
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: 09:00 - 12:00 o'clock and from 13:30 - 16:00 o'clock
Friday: 09:00 - 12:00 o'clock 

Ortsamt Ost in Toitenwinkel

Address: J.-Nehru-Str. 33, 18147 Rostock, Phone 0381 381-5200 bis -5205

Openig hours:
Monday: 09:00 - 12:00 o'clock
Tuesday: 09:00 - 12:00 o'clock and from 13:30 - 18:00 o'clock
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: 09:00 - 12:00 o'clock and from 13:30 - 16:00 o'clock
Friday: 09:00 - 12:00 o'clock

You will find your appropriate residents' registration office in Rostock region on the following pages,
Amtsverwaltungen Landkreis Rostock

Bad Doberan



International Qualified Professionals

Qualified professionals from the European Union in addition to citizens from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland can travel to and reside in Germany without a visa. In accordance with European freedom of movement policy, neither a visa nor residence permit is necessary. It is, however, necessary to register your address of residence at the local residents’ registration office (for contact information, see the “National Qualified Professionals” menu item).

Qualified professionals from non-EU states require a valid visa for travelling to and residing in the region of Rostock. The consulate general or German embassy in your country of origin are responsible for providing such documentation.

“Welcome to Germany” Brochure

The "Welcome to Germany" brochure provides information on both the formalities related to travelling to Germany and the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.

Make it in Germany
"Make it in Germany" is the multi-language online portal for international qualified professionals. It can provide information on how to best organise migrating to Germany, from the preparations in your land of origin to taking your first steps towards working here.

More information can be found under:

The migration office is the Major Point of contact for international professionals coming to Rostock from outside the EU. You will get advice on topics such a visa, permanent residence permit, or prolongation of your right of residence.

Nike Czerny-Christenson
Head of Migration Office

Migrations office
Neuer Markt 3, 18055 Rostock
Room: 311
Phone: 0381 381 2251
Telefax: 0381 381 2261

Monday: 09:00 - 12:00 Uhr 
Tuesday: 09:00 - 12:00 Uhr und 13:30 - 18:00 Uhr
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: 09:00 - 12:00 Uhr und 13:30 - 16:00 Uhr
Friday: closed

International professionals in Rostock region can receive information on EU-law, general foreigners' law and asylum law on the website of the relevant immigration authority.



The wide-ranging rental market in the region of Rostock offers something for every taste and budget. The ever-developing housing sector enables Rostock to adapt to the needs of the recent increase in new citizens to the region. Patience, however, is a key quality that anyone wanting to live directly in the city of Rostock will have to bring as living space there can be somewhat scarce. Benefit from our insider knowledge of the region and request personal consultation.

You will find the latest rent table under the following link here:


WIRO Wohnen in Rostock Wohnungsgesellschaft mbH
The WIRO is the biggest housing company in Rostock offering approximately 36.000 units. You will find a big choice of flats in all districts offering different sizes and variations.

Place to live for students

Region of Rostock

If you are interested in housing offers outside the city of Rostock you will find detailed information on the website of the municipal administrations in Rostock region 

Real-estate portals:

Newspapers with housing advertisements:

  • Ostsee-Zeitung
  • NNN
  • Bützower Zeitung
  • Bad Doberaner Blitz
  • Rostocker Blitz
  • Güstrower Anzeiger


Regardless of whether you are looking for a farmhouse, town villa, condominium, or waterside property the region of Rostock has something for every taste and budget. Owning the walls around you is a dream that can be made a reality in Rostock for a moderate price, particularly in the surrounding area. 

A Short-Term Stay

For those who have yet to find their dream home or require a short-term transitional option, there are apartments and other furnished housing options available 

Moving Checklist

On the “Message Box” website, you will find valuable tips that will help you organise your move – and thus reduce the stress involved.



The regional transportation companies provide for trouble-free mobility in Rostock and the surrounding area on a daily basis. Within Rostock, you will find a well-developed public transport network of S-Bahns (local suburban trains), trams, buses, and ferries. If you have a car, you can be on the A19 or A20 motorways and get to the German metropolises of Berlin or Hamburg within 2 hours. Rostock Laage airport offers direct flight connections to Munich or Vienna, in addition to many of the other beautiful holiday destinations in Europe. For those who enjoy being out and about by bicycle, the region of Rostock has a very well-developed cycle path network, offering phenomenal possibilities for excursions.

  • Rostocker Straßenbahn AG (RSAG= The Rostock Tram Service Provider):
    The RSAG is the local public transport company for the Hanseatic city of Rostock, running 6 tram and 21 bus lines.
  • Rostock Central Train Station:
    Rostock Central Train Station is the largest passenger train station in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. It is central to traffic into the city centre as it connects the local suburban trains, trams and buses, with the city’s central bus station at its south side.
  • Laage Airport:
    Laage Airport offers direct flights to Munich, Stuttgart, Vienna and Zürich, in addition to many of Europe’s most popular destinations. It is easy to reach by car or the 127 bus line.
  • Warnow Transport Association:
    Warnow Transport Association (VVW) coordinates the entire travel network on the ground and establishes general conditions of transport with a coordinated travel plan. Regardless of whether travelling by train, bus, tram, or ferry – customers can travel around the region with only one ticket.
  • rebus regional bus in Rostock:
    rebus Regionalbus Rostock GmbH covers the entire bus network in the region of Rostock. The 121 line, for example, can travel from Rostock to the spa towns of Rerik, Kühlungsborn oder Heiligendamm. Another route from Rostock to Laage airport is covered by the 127 service.
  • You can find an overview of the entire transportation network for the district of Rostock  here.

Ferrries in and around Rostock

  • Weiße Floote: The seaside resort of Warnemünde <-> Hohe Düne
    The “Weiße Flotte GmbH” offers direct ship transport between the sea resort of Warnemünde and Hohe Düne. Two ferries transport pedestrians and cars on a daily basis.
  • Blaue Flotte: Rostock <-> Warnemünde
    The “blaue Flotte” transports people between Rostock und Warnemünde, offering wonderful views of the Hanseatic city and cruise port in the process.
  • Antaris GmbH: Rostock City Harbour <-> Gehlsdorf
    This ferry transports people and bicycles between Rostock’s city harbour and Gehlsdorf on a daily basis.
  • Ferries to Scandinavia

Cycling in Rostock and the surrounding region

Increasingly more people are choosing to travel around the city and its richly diverse landscapes by bicycle. Cycling always evokes a sense of freedom, standing for speed and environmental friendliness, for healthy and affordable mobility, for a particular lifestyle and love of nature.


The region of Rostock is a significant recreational region and centre for healthcare owing to its excellent quality of both air and water. Comprehensive medical provision is ensured by a close net of doctors, hospitals, and various healthcare providers.

Doc search:


Region of Rostock

You will find an overview of medical and health care offers on the Website of the district of Rostock.


On the following page:  you will find a survey of legal and private health insurance and my other usefull information. 

Another interesting information about the statutory health insurance you can find here

Information about the private health insurance you can find here


Utilities & Power Providers

There is a close-knit and reliable network of power suppliers in Rostock and the surrounding region that provide electricity, gas, district heating, and water – securing the cleanliness and quality of life in the region.


Region of Rostock

Power Providers:

  • Güstrow:        Stadtwerke Güstrow
  • Bad Doberan: Stadtwerke Teterow
  • Graal Müritz:  The basic service provider is WEMAG
  • Schwaan:       The basic service provider is WEMAG
  • Teterow:        Stadtwerke Teterow
  • Tessin:           The basic service provider is EON
  • Bützow:         The basic service provider is WEMAG
  • Ribnitz-Damgarten:  The basic service provider is EON

Waste disposal:

Water supply:

Insurance & Banking

In Germany, there is a system of social security which is anchored in law and exists to financially protect its citizens from life’s typical risks, such as unemployment, ageing and illness. Payments are typically made in cash, or by debit or credit cards. The currency in Germany is the Euro (€) with ‘cents’ the 100th part subunit. Daily movements of money such as the payment of salaries, rents, utility bills, among others, are made via bank account transfers.  

 Please visit the BAMF- Website for extensive information.

A Partner from us is the biggest bank in region of Rostock:
OstseeSparkasse Rostock

Other credit institutions are: