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Housing in Germany

Finding a place to call home is probably the most important part of moving abroad. Where do you start? Should you rent or buy apartments in Germany? Most people rent in Germany; homeownership is the lowest in Europe. The price of land is high and buying a house in Germany can require large down payments. However, borrowing rates are at their all-time lowest and buying apartments in Germany has never been a better investment. Renting in Germany is relatively cheap compared to other economic centres in Europe. The average housing cost in Germany varies from city to city and between rural and urban areas. A two-bedroom apartment in Germany can cost anything between €500 and €1000 a month. Be prepared for a lot of paperwork and start searching as soon as possible for your dream home in Germany.

Location

Location is key in all housing searches. You need to be close enough to work to get there easily in the morning. Look at public transport or road links and consider commute times. Choosing to live a bit further out of town means you get much more living space for your money. Are you willing to sacrifice m² to have lively nightlife on your doorstep? Or would you prefer a garden of your own out in the country? Living in Stuttgart is popular with expats, stretching the property market to the max. You might have more luck finding houses in Germany in the outlying suburbs, such as Sindelfingen or Vaihingen. There are lots of up and coming hip areas for apartments in Germany. The Stadtmitte or the Haven in Dusseldorf are sought after areas for singles and young couples.

Types of housing

The major cities are densely populated and tower blocks were built to provide people with the modern, high-quality living they expect. When finding a flat in Germany, remember they’re advertised by the total rooms (not including bathrooms or hallways). So, a 2-bedroom apartment is advertised as 4 Zimmer; 2 bedrooms, 1 living room and 1 kitchen. Finding a house in Germany is more likely in suburban or rural areas where you can find semi-detached houses, cottages or farmhouses fit for a family. The average cost of housing in Germany is determined by its location, but also by its m². Houses and apartments in Germany are usually sold or rented ‘bare’, meaning they have nothing inside. Sometimes not even kitchen units or lighting fixtures. Check what the owners are going to leave behind so you don’t have to spend your first night in the dark!

Changing address

When you are moving to Germany you go through German registration. You must sign into the municipality in your town or region within 14 days of arriving. When you move to a new house you need to re-register again with the authorities in your new area. Make an appointment online with the local citizens' office (Bürgeramt) and take along the necessary documentation. You’ll need your passport or ID, change of address form, birth certificate or marriage certificate, rental agreement and confirmation of relocation. You need to notify the HR department at work, your bank, the tax authority, your insurers and the vehicle registration authority. The postal service can arrange for your mail to be forwarded to your new address, at a fee.  

Housing in Germany - Mundialz   

Finding a house in Germany can be one of the most challenging aspects of relocation. Germany is the country of paperwork and there are strict formalities one must observe. Mundialz is here to help you decide where you want to live and untangle all that red tape for you.

 

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