In Germany finding reasonably priced accommodation to rent can be difficult. Also depending on the area you are looking in. This part gives you information about the German housing market, and provides a range of tips and tricks for your housing search.
The German citizens live mostly in cities in various forms of urban housing, such as apartments and semi-detached houses. Most of today’s housing was built after 1950, because of the destruction caused during the two world wars. Since there was little construction between the wars, old properties (Altbau) usually have been built before 1914.
Things to keep in mind on your housing search
For purchase and rent accommodations prices are set by the size of a home, which is measured in square meters (Quadratmeter – qm). In rooftop units the actual size might appear a lot bigger than you thought. Floor spaces are only counted at 50 per cent, when the ceiling is between 1 and 2 metres high.
The second factor to keep in mind is the number of rooms, which includes bedrooms, living and dining rooms. Spaces like kitchens, bathrooms and toilets are not included in the room count. A room that is too small to be fully counted or a half room indicates an area that cannot be separated by a door.
Housing in Germany is let unfurnished, partly furnished, or fully furnished. The unfurnished accommodations is the most common and i.e. without lamps, curtains, or any kitchen equipment. It can be quite a shock moving into your first German apartment. You will literally have to buy and install everything from the washing machine to the kitchen sink and supply your own light fittings. You should allow extra space in your budget since this isn’t exactly cheap. Usually a furnished kitchen is mentioned separately in advertisements.