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So, you step off the plane; It’s your first day on German soil. A new country. Maybe a new life. As you look around the arrivals lounge at all the signs in foreign languages, you feel a shiver of excitement. Or is that fear? We know that feeling. We’ve been there, too.

 

At preStep we are all world travelers. Between us, we’ve been to every continent on the planet, soaked up as many travel experiences as we could, and probably encountered most typical travellers’ problems, too. We also love Aachen. It is ‘our town’, and we are proud locals of this young and vibrant university city, located right on the border of Germany, a gateway to The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and just beyond that, France.

 

As well as supplying you with a functional, practical place to rest your head, we also organize trips to Paris, Amsterdam and other cities. There are  traditional ‘Stammtisch’ evenings, where you can share stories with fellow travellers in the comfort of a local pub .  Along with insider tips on all issues German, we can help you to organize ‘Tandem’ lessons, where you can practice your language skills with other native speakers.

MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME
Accomodation

Your accommodation is more than just a room, and everybody’s preferences are different. Whether you need your own space and want a single room, are travelling with a friend and would prefer a double, or perhaps you’re feeling adventurous and you’d like to share a dorm with a group, we are here to help you decide which is best for you. Then there is the question of location, since you will probably want to live close to where you study or have other interests. As ‘Aacheners’, we are in a good position to advise you on which part of the city will suit your needs.

FACING THE UNKNOWN
FIRST STEPS

When you first arrive in a new country, there are so many unknowns that it can at times appear overwhelming. You will have a lot of questions that you need answered, and a lot more that you had never even thought of will probably appear in a very short space of time.

Whilst it can be fun exploring, making mistakes, and finding your own way, there are always bureaucratic or administrative matters to handle, which at times can be downright intimidating. And that’s on a good day. We can offer help with your ‘Behördengängen’- that epic journey from government building to government building, shop to shop, to get all your paperwork and basic living requirements sorted out quickly and efficiently. Whether it’s getting a new mobile phone contract, registering your new address at the ‘Ausländeramt’, or signing insurance documents, our support can help to give your confidence a welcome boost.

GET TOGETHER
Events

And now you’re settled. You’ve unpacked your suitcase, and your room is starting to feel like your home. All your legal documents are finally in order, you’re insured up to the eyeballs against pretty much anything the world could throw at you, and much to your surprise, you actually have a good mobile phone connection.

Now what?

To help you on your new journey, we offer opportunities to meet other travellers on excursions, pub evenings, and tandem learning exchanges, and we’re always here to give you tips on anything Aachen-related, whether it’s local cinemas, restaurants, shopping, sports facilities, or you simply desire some freshly baked German bread.

A whole new country is available to you now. It’s up to you to make the most of it.

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preStep Team

We are here for you.

Magdalena

Founder and managing director

Oliver

Founder and managing director

Susanne

office management and coordination

Sophie

office management and coordination

Katrin

Trainee

Socke

office dog

Robert

caretaker

Malgorzata

housekeeping


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