Living on or off base?

Stephanie - posted on 05/12/2009 ( 30 moms have responded )

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Which do you all prefer...On or off base? Why?

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Deana - posted on 06/16/2012

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Joline,

I can understand your reservation about living off base, especially in a new country. However, the wait list for on base housing is pretty long. There are a few villages just outside of base, Ramstein village and Mackenbach. Landstuhl is pretty close as well. But I would say there are a few dozen villages surrounding the base that are no more than 10-15 min away. It's definitely an experience you can say you did while you are here. And you can stay on the housing list the whole time until you get offered an on-base house. When we lived off base, we had a bakery right across the street and behind the bakery was land with cows and horses. I would walk my 1 yr old down the street to see pigs, donkeys, chickens and bunnies.....he also loved throwing rocks in the creek. So keep an open mind, you never know.

here is the website that posts off base housing. things move quickly on this list and will be rented very quickly. so what is on the list right now may not be available when you get here. but it may give you an idea of locations and the style of off base houses.

http://www.ahrn.com/kaiserslauternmilita...

Jami - posted on 05/27/2012

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Hi I'm moving to Ramstein in August while my hubby goes to Korea for a year... can anyone tell me what the inside of the stairwell apartments look like on Ramstein I've heard their nice but thats all i can find... thanks!!

Stephanie - posted on 05/17/2009

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A king size bed would fit.. It might take up a lot of the room and leave a little walking space.. But, It'll fit. We have a queen and a bunch of room on each side of our bed to walk around. Now, If you go to Vogelwah housing the rooms are huge! They are so much bigger than Ramstein's. I still like Ramstein better, though. lol

Stephanie - posted on 05/13/2009

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Ramstein has housing on base.. All in the same area, sorta... Vogelwah housing is a little confusing to explain.. lol Vogelwah's main area has some housing along with bx, commissary, etc. but across the street from the main area is more housing but it's also on base.. You have to show your ID to enter that part also. I know what you are talking about but I can't think of the name of the other base. Brain fart, Sorry. I can't tell you much about that one, though. I've never been over there.. It isn't that close to Ramstein. Vogelwah is about 15 mins away from Ramstein.. Depending on if you go the Audobauhn way or through the villages.

If you live on Vogelwah I don't think everything is as close.. Unless you get the housing on the side of the BX/commissary.

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Steph - posted on 07/01/2012

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one of the best ways to meet people stationed at ramstein is to post a thing saying you are moving there on ramstein.bookoo.com

Ashley - posted on 06/29/2012

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Hello i will be moving to ramstein ab in november with my 2 little children we are coming from arizona, unfortunately i have already lived in germany for 6 months but near the spangdahlem area just visiting my in laws but im excited to move to ramstein. i dont know much about ramstein base housing but i know my hubby wants to live off base (military brat) i want to meet some mom groups with nice ladies that i can get to know prior to arriving. hope to hear from you ladies IM SO THRILLED!!!!!! I LOVE GERMANY

User - posted on 06/18/2012

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Anyone here at Fort Hood? New to area and looking to meet new friends!! We don't know anyone!!

Steph - posted on 06/15/2012

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actually, living off base is pretty nice in germany. most houses have tile floors and marble stairs, some are more modern than others, it's not bad, but moving to a new country is a little scary but you'll get use to it. germany is great for shopping, wine and beer and the food is great, you'll Love the christmas markets! make sure you try a turkish kabab they are fantastic!

User - posted on 06/13/2012

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Hello everyone! okay so we just found out were being stationed at ramstein afb germany. ive been reading and it looks like theres such a long wait to live on base.. i dont wanna live off base. but where do most people stay if they live off base?

Deana - posted on 06/04/2012

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Most likely you will have to live off base when you get here. there is a waiting list to get on base housing. So just prepare yourself for that, and if you do get on base housing right away....you can be pleasantly surprised.

the stairwell apts on Vogelweh (about 10 min from ramstein) is actually pretty big. There are 4 stories on Vogelweh. I live on ramstein and the stairwell apts are smaller, but the location can't be beat and we have gotten used to it. If i need the car, i can ask the hubby to walk to work. We walk to the commissary to grab a few things, walk to the BX/PX and lots of parks around us. We did live off base for 1 yr and there was no playground at all. So it was a good move for us. We live on the top floor, there are only 3 stories on Ramstein.

Steph - posted on 05/28/2012

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yes there's a web site, i can't remember what the name of it is, but you should beable to google it. also make sure you and your hubby goto AAA and get your international DL , it makes it so much eisier when you get there, if you don't have one you can't rent a car... smaller cars are the best to have over there, the roads are small narrow...and the parking spots are tiny! and just so you know bmw's are great for summer but suck for winter they handle like a sports car..and you'll slide all over the place..

Jami - posted on 05/28/2012

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ughh i can't wait!!! i read somewhere that I could take the drivers test ahead of time online do you know if thats true or how I could get my hands on a book to start studying?

Steph - posted on 05/28/2012

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yes they do a volunteer program, you take the trip once and after that you can train to be a tour guid for that trip in the future.. we lived off base by trier, and loved it:) also the wine is fantastic!

Jami - posted on 05/28/2012

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does ITT offer the volunteer program? I know when we were in the UK i was one and I got to go on a lot of trips for free for being a tour guide... would you recommend living on base or off? I'm pretty used to him not being here at all :-/ but thanks for the heads up!

Steph - posted on 05/28/2012

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we just came from spangdhalem and just from driving by the housing in ramstein it looks pretty nice, they have a nice mall on base too, i loved germany but your hubby will prob deploy alot. take some itt trips, they are worth it :)

Katy - posted on 04/08/2010

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It's about 45-60 minutes away...depending upon traffic and how comfortable you are driving on the autobahns of course :)

Latasha - posted on 04/07/2010

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Hi, I will be moving to Mannheim In August. How far is Mannheim from Ramstein?

Amanda - posted on 01/09/2010

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we just got here in nov and we are living off base in bruchmulbach-miseau an di love it our space is huge and we dont have to worry about the noise capacity to an extent and the area we live in the germans are pretty nice in the area w/ a good bunch of americans as well :) If you budget right and can manage the living expenses off base so far it is an awsome thing living off base we enjoy it and having kids my son can go crazy anytime he wants :) but there are pros and cons and it really is what is best for your family and what is most comfortable for you :)

Katy - posted on 12/15/2009

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Well, there was no competition with us. It was on base from the time my husband got his orders. However, this is our first duty station. So we figured living on base would eliminate all the stress with living off base. Luckily for us, there was housing available on Vogelweh when we got here. However, it's a 4th floor apartment which really sucks b/c we don't have a balcony OR ceiling fans.

On a positive note, we're moving to Ramstein early next year. They're tearing down our building we live in now. So, we don't have a choice. We're moving to a 3rd floor apartment, which most people would complain about, but not me! We've spent the past 15 months on the FOURTH floor with NO ceiling fans and NO balcony.
So, I'm content as long as I have a balcony and ceiling fan! It can get pretty stuffy w/o a balcony or ceiling fans...

Erin - posted on 12/03/2009

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We live off post because there was absolutely NOTHING available on post when we came. They said Haha when we asked for Landstuhl housing, 4 month wait for Vogelweh and now they're getting rid of all the stairwell there and moving to townhouses, a couple of our friends have gotten their move out notices. And we were told 1 year for Rammstein. So we found a 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath apartment within walking distance of Gate 4 of Landstuhl.

We don't have our car yet, which sucks =/ So it makes going to the KMCC and the Commissary difficult, especially since all our friends live on Vogelweh. So we just walk to the bus stop and take the bus to the KMCC.

But we're content, just waiting on our household goods.

Tiffany - posted on 07/20/2009

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we live off base in Landstuhl, just down the road from LRMC... we LOVE it. there are a bunch of Americans in the neighborhood... its pretty 50/50... we live in a town house, except we do not share walls with our neighbors... our walls are separated by our garages... so we can't hear them and they can't hear us... EVER!!! we have a good sized yard and patio area in the back, a 2 car garage and its so quiet!!! From our house to the WEST Ramstein gate, it takes about 5-8 minutes to get there... its literally very close. my hubby has even talked about just riding his bike to work to get a little extra exercise...

we decided not to live on base because of the stairwell living. We just don't have the patience for dirty and loud people... so its better for us not to be on base. that and I like being so close to the hospital...

we have a 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath house for under our cap OHA... and the house is pretty big... we have lots of living space, and our bedroom is HUGE! The other 3 rooms are a bit on the small side, but big enough for the kids...

but especially after this, it will take an act of God to get us to move on base

Deana - posted on 05/16/2009

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Question?? For those of you who have lived on base or still do. I read somewhere on the Ramstein website that if we have a king size we should leave it here in storage because the rooms are smaller there than in the states. Is this true?, or will it fit and just be tight.

Scottica - posted on 05/15/2009

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We lived on base for the first yr 1/2 we moved to germany. I loved being close to everything. BUT, since we only have 1 child living with us. We got a 2 bedroom stairwell apartment. I didnt like feeling boxed in. not enough space to move or breathe. So we moved off base. When we talked bout moving offbase, we deicded if we did we would do it for a yr and then decide if we wanted to move back on or stay off base. Right now we might move back on base since the drive is killing us and yes getting very very old. we live 30 mins away. No americans live near us and if they do we have not met them. they are not ppl we know either. But i love my house. the privacy the space.. no crowds. most of everyone we know dont like driving here. but we make it work most of the time.

i hate cleaning it most of the time. but its ok... So who knows.

I love living offbase. but the drive is UGH.

Kristina - posted on 05/14/2009

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Well, I am one that prefers living off base. We do live about 15-20 from the base and the drive does get old. We have friends who live on base and some prefer it because of the closeness to everything and some don't. They complain how dirty people are. We like living in our house and it is huge. Most of the homes available on base are apt style. Not to mention they are 4 floors. If you can find a home close to base, why not use the OHA to the max and get a house big enough for your family. You will still get some money to pay for off base bills. We are PCS'ing next year, but if we end up having to stay here we will prob move closer to base, but def not on it. There is Sembach housing too I believe. If you have any other questions I would be glad to try and help.

Deana - posted on 05/13/2009

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That's not a bad walk at all. Aren't there like 3 or 4 different housing areas, one on base and a few just outside? Do you live on Ramstein housing, Vegelweh, can't think of the other one I heard of?

Stephanie - posted on 05/13/2009

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We live close to the skate park. There is one commissary but all of housing isn't far from it. The BX is also right next to the commissary. It's all basically in walking distance. Depending on how far you like walking... You could also walk to the Post Office. It's about a 4-5 mile walk to the post office from my building. Maybe 3 miles.. I'm no good at being able to say how far. haha But, I have walked before and it isn't bad.

I'm not sure if I answered your question right. lol Let me know if I did.

Deana - posted on 05/13/2009

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Thanks for starting this Stephanie. I completely agree with what your saying, we also have one car. What part do you live on?, is there a commissary near each housing community?

Stephanie - posted on 05/12/2009

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I like it on base. I love having a playground right behind our building. Plus, It's cheap! lol I also love having the BX and Commissary a walk away. Post office is also a walk away. We only have 1 car and of course my husband takes it to work so having stuff so close helps a lot.

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