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Trying to find an apartment in Germany can be time consuming and frustrating, especially in larger cities like Berlin or Munich. Tirelessly scrolling apartment search websites, making sure you have all your documents ready, queuing for hours for mass apartment viewings… we all know the struggle. On top that, if you’re in a new country and don’t speak the language it’s even harder.
Thankfully, there are some websites that offer you an easier way to find an apartment. Here is our list of five great websites you can try to get an apartment in Germany.
This is usually the first point of call for flat hunters in Germany and mostly for finding shared flats (WGs). However as WG Gesucht is so popular, it’s also over-subscribed. It’s highly competitive and also the advertisers here are usually regular tenants which means you cannot be sure if Anmeldung is possible and you also cannot be sure they are legitimate. Make sure to look closely at listings and be wary of anyone asking you to contact outside of the platform or send money before handover as they are “out of town”.
When you want to get set up in Germany with a new flat, new job, new bank account and more, you will need to register your address with the state. This process is called “Anmeldung” and requires a certificate from your landlord. Not all apartments will offer this, so look out for terms such as “anmelden möglich or ”mit Wohnungsgeberbestätigung”. Ask the agent or landlord if you are unsure.
New to Germany? Check out these links for more information:
IamExpat — Founded by expats for expats, a site offering info on all aspects of being an international in Germany.
Simple Germany — Tips and tricks to make life in Germany much more simple.
Life in Germany — Offers programs you can join to speed up your relocation to Germany.
Nomad And In Love — A travel blog at heart, this passionate expat offers many posts about life in Germany.
With a bit of luck, these websites will help you find your new home in Germany and then its onto the next: finding the right energy supplier!😉 Keep us in mind.
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