- A two-room apartment in Germany doesn't mean the same as a two-bedroom apartment in other countries. A two-room apartment will simply have two rooms, plus a bathroom and kitchen. Bathrooms and kitchen are not included in the number of rooms advertised.
- Typically, the rental price will be described as either cold rent (Kaltmiete) or warm/entire rent (Warmmiete). The difference between these two is that the cold rent typically does not include operating or utility costs (Nebenkosten).
- Operating or utility costs generally comprise costs for heating and water, as well as sewage and refuse collection charges.
- Electricity and telecommunication costs are usually not included in the Warmmiete. You need to arrange these services separately.
- Another part of the rental agreement is the deposit (Kaution) which the tenant pays to the landlord when moving in. This typically amounts to two or three months' cold rent and will be paid back to the tenant at the end of the rental period if the accommodation is handed over undamaged
NOTE: Cold rent (Kaltmiete) + utility costs (Nebenkosten) = Warm rent (Warmmiete)
Warm rent (Warmmiete) + electricity and telecommunication costs = total rental price
The warm rent is paid to the landlord, whereas electricity and telecommunication costs are paid directly to the respective providers.
Munich is one of the most attractive and therefore most expensive cities in Germany with rental prices ranging from 15-23 € per m² for unfurnished apartments. As there are over 100,000 students in Munich, the demand for private rooms in shared apartments is also quite high and can easily cost 600 € per month, if not more.
Of course, rental prices also depend on the location. Accommodation in the center of Munich, especially around the university district, is more expensive than on the outskirts. Also, a furnished room or apartment will be more expensive than an unfurnished one.
Because of the high demand, the Munich housing market is very challenging. Available apartments enter the market and are successfully rented out at a fast pace.
Tips for apartment hunting in Munich:
- start your search as soon as possible to give you enough time to find a place
- react quickly if you see a suitable advertisement, as it may disappear again soon
- call or email right away to request a viewing
- if you decide to write an email, tell the recipient a little bit about yourself to catch their interest
- when invited to a viewing, be punctual and leave a good impression
- make sure you have all relevant documents ready for the viewing
- don't give up if you don't get a reply or an offer, try something new if you notice that one method doesn't yield resultstop
Where and how you want to live largely depends on your individual situation. In general, the following arrangements are possible:
- Renting an entire apartment on the private housing market.
- Renting a private room which is sublet by a landlord/landlady who lives in the same apartment/house. Common areas like bathroom, kitchen and living room are usually shared. This arrangement is called Zimmer zur Untermiete.
- Sharing an apartment with roommates. While you will have a private bedroom to yourself, common areas like bathroom, kitchen and living room are usually shared. This arrangement is called Wohngemeinschaft or WG, for short.
- Renting student accommodation from the Munich Student Union. For this option, you need to be registered as a student and cannot earn more than the BAföG maximum (DE) of 853 € per month (2019).top
When starting your search for an accommodation, give some thought to your individual search criteria:
- apartment or room
- furnished or unfurnished
- temporary or long-term
- maximum price range
- any additional aspects important to you
Each district in Munich has its own set of distinct characteristics. While the heart of Munich is quite lively, offering many opportunities for cultural and leisure activities, the outer districts are quieter and more affordable. Munich's suburbs are well-connected by public transportation, but you might have to plan for a commute of up to an hour.
Where to search for accommodation
- Online search portals – the most commonly used source when searching for an apartment. Most of these portals offer the option to register and set up a search profile to receive automated updates on new properties.
- Newspaper advertisements – various regional and local newspapers publish available apartments twice a week. Most of them publish listings online as well, although these may not be the same as in the print newspaper.
- Bulletin boards – sometimes available rooms are advertised on bulletin boards around campus. On occasion, rooms are also unofficially advertised on social media in relevant groups.
- Student accommodation – if you are eligible for student housing, you can apply for a room at the Munich Student Union. The Student Union has also compiled useful information for further accommodation options.
NOTE: During your search for accommodation, please always make sure that the offer is reliable, as scams do unfortunately happen. Also, never send a copy of your passport or transfer any money prior to signing a legitimate rental contract.
Are you only here for several months for a short-term research stay or are you looking for an interim solution until you have found a permanent place to live? Then you might consider renting a furnished room from a student subletting their room for a few months. Renting a room at a hostel or a private B&B can also be a viable short-term option.top
- Make it in Germany (general information on housing)
- City of Munich (information on house hunting in Munich)
- German Academic Exchange Service (information on renting a room for international students)
- Munich Student Union (information on student accommodation)