Finding a flat in Munich: helpful info and links
During the last years, the population in Munich has grown considerably. With this, the demand for living space has grown accordingly. Finding a flat in Munich is not so easy. However, the number of newly built housing units has also grown, in order to satisfy this need.
Living in a WG : Wohngemeinschaften.
In Munich and other German cities, it is quite common that people live in shared flats. This is an important and impactful form of urban living, especially with younger people. Many students share a flat, where each one has a room, and the kitchen and bathroom are the shared space. This guarantees a much lower rental fee for everyone and therefore helps many people to rent otherwise unaffordable flats. In Munich, many young professionals or students live in a so-called “Wohngemeinschaft” = Wohn (from Living) + Gemeinschaft (from Community) (“WG”, shortly used). We believe that this is a quite amazing way of living, since you are somehow “forced” to connect with other people, so you get in contact more easily. Of course, sometimes it might be odd or tiresome to live in the same flat with people that are quite different. However, the positive aspects dominate strongly. Especially the financial aspects are quite clear. But we believe that there is no easier and quicker way to get socially connected.
This page is helpful to find a WG: wg-gesucht.de
If you are a Student of the LMU and TUM, you have this other option from the Studentenwerk.
We think it is a great idea to become a member of the “Mieterverein München”. A membership at this “flat renter association” guarantees you a free legal adviser in all cases and questions of rental and housing matters. The membership fee is 95 Euro per year and gives you the possibility to consult legal experts in German rental and housing issues. In cases of legal dispute, you are also legally covered with an insurance that would enable you to pay a lawyer and the trial costs.
If you are interested in a membership you can find more info in the Mieterverein website.
Because of the serious threat of internet fraud, we ask you to never pay in advance any type of deposit or rent for an apartment. Criminals try to get your attention with cheap offers for apartments. In such cases, they ask you for the deposit in an advanced payment.