Once you have moved into your apartment and registered your residence, you'll start receiving a mysterious bill for a service that you have never ordered. This is the broadcasting fee (Rundfunkbeitrag), which covers public television and radio programming in Germany and is legally prescribed for payment by residents, companies, and other institutions. The current fee for private households is 17.50€ per month.
Please see the following website for more information:
If you receive any other unusual bills or mail, we encourage you to ask the IO staff for help with explaining them.