Accommodation in Germany
Finding the right accommodation in Germany can be really a pain if you don’t plan well in advance.
Here are some websites, which will help you to find the right accommodation during your stay in Germany. Normal accommodation in Germany for one person may cost to 250 Euro to 1000 Euro per month. Very important to know, more central is the apartment in a city, more costly it will be.
- Miete: Rent
- Kaltmiete (KM): Cold rent does not include any utility bills.
- Warmmiete (WM): Warm rent includes water and electricity/gas. Normally you must pay internet and telephone bills separately.
- Kaution (Ka): Security deposit
- Nebenkosten (Nk): Additional cost, that may not be included in your rent.
- Heizung: Heating system in the house is a must in winter.
- Zentralheizung: Central heating system
- Möbliert: Furnished
- WC : Water closets or washroom
- Zimmer: Room
- Balkon: Balcony
- Garten: Garden
- Fläche: area
- Quadratmeter (qm): Square meter
- Straße: Street
- Erdgeschoss (EG): ground floor
- Obergeschoss (OG): upper floor
- Dachgeschoss (DG): attic floor
- Baujahr: Year, in which the house was built.
- Dusche: Shower
You must register your new address within 2 weeks after moving in.
Important things after renting an apartment in Germany:
- Make an inventory of anything and everything like table, chairs, bed, etc that is in your new place and any visible deficiencies. This is simply protection for you and your landlord.
- Avoid loud noises between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday to Saturday and the whole Sunday.
- Separate your wastes: (1) metal and plastic waste, (2) paper waste and (3) food waste and you will also see 3 different dustbins for glass waste: green glass, white glass, and brown glass. If you want to get rid of big waste, such as a sofa, chair or table, you can call the sanitation office and request its removal.
- Wash and dry laundry only in the areas or rooms provided by the landlord.
- Park your vehicle only in areas provided by the landlord.
- The cleaning of rugs, blankets and the like should be done only in designated areas.
- Obtain the landlord’s written permission if you wish to keep a pet.
- Close and lock all doors and windows in your apartment, if you are not there for longer period.
- Install satellite dishes and television or radio antennas only with the permission of the landlord and in compliance with local laws.
- Inform the landlord immediately of any damage to gas, water or electrical lines.
- Find out from the rental agreement who is responsible for the cleaning of halls, stairways, front walk, etc.
- Never grill barbecue or make an open fire on a balcony.
- Never pour or shake anything from windows or balconies.
- Make sure flowerpots or boxes on windows or balconies are secure and that watering them doesn’t create a nuisance to neighbors below.
Hereunder are some links, which can be useful for you to find accommodations in Germany.
Apartments and Rooms in Germany
- Keep the following pages on Facebook like Indians in Berlin, Indians in Munich, Indians in Bonn, etc. to get the latest updates about accommodation in your preferred city.
- http://anzeigen.wochenspiegelonline.de/?z=category&group=8 (only for Saarland)
Dormitory in Germany
Short term stays in Germany
Documents required to rent an apartment:
- Copy of your ID or passport (Ausweiskopie)
- Bank statement for students (Kontoauszüge): To show, that you will be able to pay rent.
- Salary confirmation (Gehaltsnachweis) for working professionals.
- Confirmation of no rental debts (Mietkostenfreiheitsbescheinigung) for those, who are already living in Germany.
Always pay your rent on time! This is very important.