Preparing your departure
Before you leave Germany, you have to de-register from the "Bürgeramt". Currently, this is only possible upon appointment. Please bring your passport / ID card, usually no other documents are needed.
You can sign up for an appointment online via this link:
Book an appointment with the Bürgeramt
If you visit the website early in the morning (around 8am), you can usually get appointments right for the next day.
If you are studying with a residence permit and you have a blocked account: check if the account will already be empty by the time that you are leaving. If not, you can let us know and we can ask the visa office for a permission to “unblock” the account. This can be done by email and we can do this for you. To do so, please send us a scan of your blocked account (document) and your travel tickets.
If you have paid the radio tax during your stay, you can deregister for it. To deregister from the “Rundfunkbeitrag” please visit the following website:
Deregistration website of the Radio Tax Service
On the website you can select “ich dauerhaft ins Ausland ziehe”. Fill out the following forms and upload the “Abmeldung / Meldebescheinigung” you received after your deregistration from the city.
If you do not pay the registration fee for the summer semester, you will automatically be deregistered as of March 31 for the winter semester or September 30 for the summer semester.
Should you need a certificate of exmatriculation (Exmatrikulationsbescheinigung) please send a request (link below) to be deregistered by email to the enrolment office (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can deregister to any date in the future of your choice, ideally the day youactuallyleave Germany, by filling out the following form and sending it to the enrollment office:
You can keep your student card, unless you apply for a refund (see below)
If there is still money on your card at the time of your departure, you can withdraw it at the cash desk of the Studierendenwerk. You will find the cash desk in D4 1, room 03 in the cellar.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 10:00 - 12:30
If you leave at least two months before the semester ends, you can ask for a partial refund of the semester ticket (for example February & March or August & September). You need to do this with the “AStA” in Building A5 2
Website for the semester ticket refund
Please note that they can only refund to a European bank account.
For the early exmatriculation, you will need to do your deregistration (“Exmatrikulation”) with the enrolment office and then hand in this confirmation with the AStA form and your student card at the AStA office. If you want to use your bus ticket until the last day, you can give the card to a friend, so they hand it in at the AStA.
If you have German health insurance (AOK, IKK, TK, Barmer etc.), you have to contact your health insurance company and notify them of your departure, so they can close your account. You need the Exmatrikulationsbescheinigung to do this, as you have to be a student to keep your insurance until the last day you leave Germany! So please make your Exmatrikulation for the dayof your actual departure. They may also ask for the de-registration of the city or the travel tickets.
Terminate all contracts in writing by letter (e.g. bank, mobile phone, gym) in good time before departure. In some cases, you will need to submit a copy of your city deregistration. If you would like assistance in formulating the termination letter, you are welcome to contact the ASTA: asta.uni-saarland.de/der-asta/recht/
To cancel your rental contract, please stick to the cancellation period given in your contract. In most cases there is a 3 months’ notice period that you have to adhere to. But of course, different rules may apply for your contract, so please look into your contract. Please note that rental contracts need to be cancelled in written (by post!) and you should always request a written confirmation of your cancellation. With your cancellation, you can already inform your landlord about the banking information, to which account you would like to receive your deposit back.
If you are in Saarbrücken as an exchange/freemover student, you may need a signature on your departure form or you may need a departure form from Saarland University. You can get this signature from your coordinator (Erasmus+ or "Weltweit"). Please also contact your coordinator about the transcript of records.