New in Germany, Austria or Switzerland and on a housing search?
We will show you how to find your perfect home.
Finding a house is often a difficult affair. Especially in large cities and urban areas one finds a tense housing market. The high demand for housing seekers meets a low supply of affordable housing. It is even more difficult to find a place to stay in a foreign country.
This is why we have a few tips and tricks for finding accommodation in Germany and Switzerland:
1. Overview of accommodation Search in Germany and Switzerland:
You can get an initial overview of the housing market in your destination on various internet portals for Germany and Switzerland. Here you can refine your search by different criteria (price, number of rooms, square meters or district). To translate websites use Google iTool.
2. Language barriers in housing search
Unfortunately, most portals only offer their ads in German. If you have little or no knowledge of German, you often understand only a few of the information. The display is full of abbreviations. But what do dg, DG, KM, EBK mean? Among the most common abbreviations are:
A list of all abbreviations that can be found in apartment listings is available here.
3. In which part of the city do you want to stay?
An important decision that needs to be taken into consideration during the search for accommodation in Germany and Switzerland is in which part of the city you want to move. In large cities in particular, there are a large number of districts that offer different living conditions.
On the Internet, you can find out a lot about the various parts of the cities in Germany and Switzerland. Find out beforehand which aspects are important to you, so that you will feel comfortable in your new city.
4. The right price
The search for accommodation for foreigners is not only complicated by language barriers, but often there is no knowledge about the rental prices in Germany. Here, the rental level, which is available for the search for accommodation in Germany and Switzerland, helps. It specifies the local comparative rent, i.e. how high an average 3-room apartment is in a particular city. This is often indicated directly on the apartment portals. Inform yourself about the rental mirror so you don’t have to pay too much for your apartment.
5. Who can help with legal problems?
After the search for accommodation in Germany or Switzerland, comes the move to the new home. Unfortunately, sometimes not all problems have ended, but new ones are added.