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How difficult is it find an apartment in Munich?

Old Oct 18th 2002, 12:02 am
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Hi Everyone,

I'm in the final stages of applying for a job in Munich. I've got a telephone interview next week and hopefully a face to face towards the end of the month in Munich. I've done lots of research on the company and on Munich, and both are extremely appealing. My one concern is the apparent difficulty in finding an apartment. Can anyone give me first hand experience of apartment hunting, or websites. Would I be able to find an unfurnished apartment?

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Old Oct 18th 2002, 9:07 am
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Accommodation in and around Munich is easily available...
...as long as you're ready to pay for it!
In fact, it's the most expensive City in Germany.
Not only in the city itself, also in the suburbs,
the vicinity, etc. Especially if you're close
to an "S-Bahn" (rapid transit train) station.

Average cost for a 1-room furnished apartment (30 m²)
is 650 Euro, for a 2-room apartment (60 m²) 950 Euro.
An unfurnished apartment of the same size will be
around 300-350 Euro (1-room) or 600-700 Euro (2-room).
Add/subtract 10-15% depending on the neighbourhood.
By-the-way, in Berlin this would be half the price...

1) Ask your Human Resources Department, colleagues, etc.
to assist in your apartment search.
2) Check the websites of companies which offer
short-term lettings (e.g.
http://muenchen.homecompany.de),
rent a furnished room for 1-3 month and start searching
from there without time pressure.

Good luck!

Ben



jonj wrote in message news:...
    > Hi Everyone,
    > I'm in the final stages of applying for a job in Munich. I've got a
    > telephone interview next week and hopefully a face to face towards the
    > [...]
 
Old Oct 18th 2002, 9:36 am
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Wolfgang Schwanke
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[email protected] (Ben Birkner) wrote in
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    > Average cost for a 1-room furnished apartment (30 m²)
    > is 650 Euro, for a 2-room apartment (60 m²) 950 Euro.
    > An unfurnished apartment of the same size will be
    > around 300-350 Euro (1-room) or 600-700 Euro (2-room).
    > Add/subtract 10-15% depending on the neighbourhood.
    > By-the-way, in Berlin this would be half the price...

Correct, but the salaries are also halved. If you can find a job that is.

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Old Oct 18th 2002, 9:49 am
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Jens Arne Maennig
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jonj wrote:

    >I'm in the final stages of applying for a job in Munich. I've got a
    >telephone interview next week and hopefully a face to face towards the
    >end of the month in Munich. I've done lots of research on the company
    >and on Munich, and both are extremely appealing. My one concern is the
    >apparent difficulty in finding an apartment.

It's just a question of how much you will earn and what percentage of
that you will want to spend on your apartment. Expensive and large
apartments are pretty easy to find, small and cheap ones are not.
Especially not now, when the new semester just started and all the new
students are trying to find cheap accommodation.

    >Can anyone give me first
    >hand experience of apartment hunting, or websites. Would I be able to
    >find an unfurnished apartment?

The best way would be to make it a part of your contract with your
future employer. There are a lot of relocation agents in Munich (more
than in any other town in Germany with the exception of Berlin, maybe)
and it is pretty normal that employers will pay - at least for highly
qualified future employees that have to move to Munich for the new job
- for the agent's costs.

If you have to find it for yourself, it will be much easier to do it
from here. Some basic knowledge of the German language would also
make it much easier. I would suggest to first find some temorary
accomodation via one of the boarding houses or Mitwohnzentralen
(www.wirtschaft.muenchen.de/boardinghouses.pdf) and then try to find
something more comfortable when in Munich, wether you try it via
newspapers (http://http://immocenter-
.sueddeutsche.de/
), advertisers
(http://www.kurzfuendig.de/,
http://www.quoka.de/searchmask.-
cfm?CATID=2408
) or directly via the
countless real estate agents (http://www.rdm.de
->Informationsforum ->
Maklersuche).

However, the most appealing vision is your employer taking care. Make
it a part of your discussion with them. Let me know if you need any
further local support. I've been living in Munich now for 13 years
which makes some things easier.

Jens
 
Old Oct 19th 2002, 1:51 pm
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Tom
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Jens Arne Maennig schrieb:
    > jonj wrote:
    > >I'm in the final stages of applying for a job in Munich. I've got a
    > >telephone interview next week and hopefully a face to face towards the
    > >end of the month in Munich. I've done lots of research on the company
    > >and on Munich, and both are extremely appealing. My one concern is the
    > >apparent difficulty in finding an apartment.
    > It's just a question of how much you will earn and what percentage of
    > that you will want to spend on your apartment. Expensive and large
    > apartments are pretty easy to find, small and cheap ones are not.
    > Especially not now, when the new semester just started and all the new
    > students are trying to find cheap accommodation.
    > >Can anyone give me first
    > >hand experience of apartment hunting, or websites. Would I be able to
    > >find an unfurnished apartment?
    > The best way would be to make it a part of your contract with your
    > future employer. There are a lot of relocation agents in Munich (more
    > than in any other town in Germany with the exception of Berlin, maybe)
    > and it is pretty normal that employers will pay - at least for highly
    > qualified future employees that have to move to Munich for the new job
    > - for the agent's costs.
    > If you have to find it for yourself, it will be much easier to do it
    > from here. Some basic knowledge of the German language would also
    > make it much easier. I would suggest to first find some temorary
    > accomodation via one of the boarding houses or Mitwohnzentralen
    > (www.wirtschaft.muenchen.de/boardinghouses.pdf) and then try to find
    > something more comfortable when in Munich, wether you try it via
    > newspapers (http://http://immocent-
    > er.sueddeutsche.de/
    ), advertisers
    > (http://www.kurzfuendig.de/,
    > http://www.quoka.de/searchmas-
    > k.cfm?CATID=2408
    ) or directly via the
    > countless real estate agents (http://www.rdm.de
    > ->Informationsforum ->
    > Maklersuche).
    > However, the most appealing vision is your employer taking care. Make
    > it a part of your discussion with them. Let me know if you need any
    > further local support. I've been living in Munich now for 13 years
    > which makes some things easier.
    > Jens

Expect to pay 2-3 months rent deposit (returnable) upfront, plus 2-3
months agency fees if you go through an agent.
An unfurnished apartment often does not include any kitchen furniture.
Check the rental contract for liablities like having to contribute to
cleaning of the building, or you may be required to redecorate when you
move out. Find out what the running costs are- you normally have to pay
electricity and heating extra.
Check the contract, how long is the rental, and what are the terms of
notice.
Before you move in, make sure that the state of the apartment is
documented in an acceptance protocol. Once you have moved in, the
tiniest stain in the carpet is yours. It's not unusual to be charged for
a new carpet if you're not careful.

Tom
 
Old Oct 20th 2002, 9:32 pm
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Many thanks for all the replies.
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