There is a wide range of high-quality rental apartments in Germany. Many Germans, therefore, do not buy their property but rent an apartment. We’ll explain how you can find an apartment and give you tips on keeping it in mind before and after moving in.
The First Accommodation
There are various options for the first few weeks until you have found an apartment to rent or buy in Germany. Hotels cost around 90 euros per night on average. For a furnished two- to a three-room apartment temporarily, you should calculate around 500 to 1,200 euros per month, depending on the location and region. Youth hostels usually charge between 20 and 30 euros per night. And then, of course, there is also the possibility of finding accommodation in German private apartments via online portals, including contact with locals.
And Now: Buy Or Rent?
In contrast to many other countries, most German citizens live for rent – for simple reasons: In Germany, there is a wide range of rental apartments in all locations and price ranges, from small apartments to villas with a garden. Many of these rental properties are in excellent condition and do not differ in quality from condominiums. In addition, there is special tenant protection in Germany that protects against excessive rent increases and unfounded terminations.
A shared flat is a natural alternative for people who want to find contacts quickly and save money on rent. In a shared apartment, everyone usually has a private room. Most apartments share the kitchen and bathroom. The rent and costs for electricity, Internet, and telephone are also shared. The kitchen or the standard living room is usually the heart of the flatshare. Here you can cook together or sit together in good company. If you want to be to yourself, you can close your room door behind you.
In Germany, shared apartments are not just for students. Apprentices and working people also live in shared flats, especially if they are new to the city or appreciate the lively coexistence. There are many such shared apartments, especially in larger cities.
Students can often find shared accommodation on the university’s notice boards or the student union’s website at their university. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) also offers numerous tips on finding accommodation.
You can search for a room in your city on the online flatshare exchanges, or you can submit a request yourself.
The Apartment Search
Regardless of whether you want to rent or buy an apartment or a house: You can find flats and the place offered in the service sections of the newspapers and on real estate platforms on the Internet, where most of the available apartments and houses are now being shown. The supply and demand for apartments and houses in Germany heavily depend on the region. While tenants or buyers of the desired property are generally accepted in rural areas, owners in larger cities usually choose from several interested parties. Looking for an apartment or house can be more time-consuming, especially in the metropolitan areas around Munich and Frankfurt.
It can make sense to seek help from a real estate agent in urban areas. Brokers cannot charge a commission of more than three months’ rent for their service in Germany. However, you only have to pay the commission if you have hired the broker to search for yourself. If you register for a real estate ad with an agent, you do not have to pay any commission by law.
As in every country globally, rental costs for apartments and houses vary significantly by region. In large cities, you have to reckon with around 14 euros per square meter for rent and expenses such as heating, water, and gas. In small towns and the country, an average of about 8 euros per square meter is charged.