CRAZY Apartment Hunting in Munich

CRAZY Apartment Hunting in Munich


Ah, so you’d like to find an apartment in
Munich. Good luck! Hey everyone! I’m Dana and you’re watching
Wanted Adventure Living Abroad. Everyone complains about finding an apartment
in Munich, and with good reason. It’s not easy. I’ve never lived in New York City, but I’ve
heard horror stories about trying to find an apartment there. Like that people keep an eye on who’s died and then try to go get their place. I don’t think it’s that bad here in Munich.
It did take us a year and a half to find a new apartment though, but we had an apartment
already, so we weren’t just going to settle for anything. But still it’s not easy. One time I went to go check out an apartment
in the downtown city area, and I showed up at the time listed online to find fifty other
people there already. And, I mean, I didn’t even have to know the address of the place;
I could just follow the crowd of people coming and going from the apartment. I went inside and I couldn’t even see the
realtor above the huge swarm of people. Like, she was back there somewhere and I could see
the top of her head, but nothing else. So I wandered away from the crowd, into the living
room, and I noticed that the floor was a little tilty. So I grabbed my water bottle out, placed
it on one side of the room, and it rolled down onto the other side of the room. So,
then I decided to leave. Another time we actually made an appointment
with the realtor to see an apartment. So in the other case, there had just been an announcement
online: come one, come all and check out the apartment at one p.m. or something. But this
time we actually made an appointment to see the place. Which I thought meant that we would be alone.
But no. It wasn’t fifty people this time, but when we arrived there were four or five
other couples waiting outside the building to see the same apartment as us. And when I asked Mr. German Man how the realtor
or landlord would decide who would get the apartment if more than one of us wanted it,
he didn’t have a very clear answer. So sometimes it would be first come first
served. But when you check out an apartment you also have to fill out a form with your
age, marital status, amount of money you make, education. And from this they can also decide
who they want staying in their place. So, who’s going to take the best care of it;
who’s going to pay the rent on time; who’s not going to want to leave in a year. And then of course rumor has it that sometimes
the apartment goes to the person with the most convincing bribe. So a chunk of cash,
a nice bottle of Scotch, something like that. Okay, so now that I’ve just scared you into
thinking that getting an apartment here in Munich is an impossible task, here’s how
we successfully found the apartment we’re living in now. We started our search online by looking at
the two biggest real estate websites here in Germany. And I will put links to both of those
down in the description below. There are real estate agents and agencies
as well, but in Munich the demand for apartments is so high that realtors can pretty much just
advertise their apartments on those big websites and then sit back and wait for the renters
to come to them. So we checked out the websites and made a
couple appointments to go see some apartments. As I mentioned before, when you see an apartment,
you’ll often have to fill out a form about yourself. If you make an appointment through
those websites that form is usually made available to you in advance. So what we did is, we printed
it out and filled it out in advance and brought it with us already done and filled out to
the meeting. Even if we weren’t sure we’d want the apartment, we still did that just
because it makes a good impression. Shows that you’re organized and on top of things. After that it was a lot of patience and a
little bit of luck. So we got our apartment through luck because we made an appointment
to go see one apartment, and after seeing that apartment and not really being too sure
about it, the realtor offered to show us another place that hadn’t even gone on the websites yet. So that’s how it happened for us, and I
hope that hearing how we did it is at least a little helpful for you. Some other tips include that you should get
dressed up when going to see an apartment. Also check out ToyTownGermany.com for openings
and other tips for finding apartments. And tell everyone you know that you’re looking
for an apartment. So word of mouth is often the best tool here. So my question for you is: was it difficult
for you to find your apartment? Please let me know in the comments below. Thanks so much for watching. Please don’t
forget to subscribe and hit that like button. Until next time, auf Wiedersehen! Now, if you make an appointment through these
websites, the form is actually, usually, kind of, sort of, quasi made available to you in advance. Luck be my lady tonight. Pop!


54 thoughts on “CRAZY Apartment Hunting in Munich

  1. Haha, I have lived in 5 countries and finding an apartment in Munich is definitely harder than finding one in NYC or LA, or anywhere else in Europe TBH. But it is definitely worth it and it is by far the most beautiful city in the world. I always tell people that finding an apartment in Munich is like the hardest job interview ever haha. What's even more interesting is that a studio apartment in Olydorf (the most awesome student accommodation building) costs about €300/month and some people sublet it for as high as €600. You do get the best views tho. Anyway, I still cannot wait to go back to the Munich apartment hunt 😀

  2. It specialy sucks when you look for the low-cost Apartments…that basicaly means a Room in a 150 Year old House…where 4 People share the same "Floor-Bathroom"..one on each Floor…

  3. why it sounds like you are going to an important job interview?i have to say, it really sounds ridiculous ^ ^" . i guess its not that hard here.

  4. it was even hard back in the 70's. My mom had to eventually buy an appartment (back then it still was a bit more affordable) to get a place at all. Today I'd say word of mouth is key. Many native Munich people get a new place via friends who know someone who knows of something and so on…City centre is not the best idea. Way too expensive and way popular. Go for the outer parts of the city or even a suburb with S-Bahn connection.

  5. I'm going to college in Germany and I'm so glad I discovered your terrific channel; your videos are helpful and the way you talk is so interesting. Thank you Dana and keep going!

  6. I've been watching a lot of your videos recently and I must say that you have a cute and upbeat personality. Plus I would love to live abroad myself one day, so your advice is really helpful. Subscribed 🙂

  7. I did an Erasmus year in Bordeaux and all of my fellow Erasmus students found it a nightmare to find anywhere to live. I don't even know how I managed to get the flat that I ended up living in, even if I did end up settling for it out of desperation.

    One major obstacle was finding a landlord that was willing to accept foreigners because French landlords tend to only accept guarantors who have French bank accounts and can provide all sorts of documents. The first flat that I wanted fell through after several days of sorting out the paperwork because the landlord was acting on the behalf of his parents who had already decided to rent it to someone else. Luckily, my landlord was more than happy to speak English to me even though my French was adequate (I thought so anyway).

    Being effectively homeless looking for somewhere to live is not something that I want to have to do again.

  8. No it wasn't difficult, but I live in Berlin. I've just checked out 4 appartments on one date. That's it.
    Also I rent an upper class appartment, where the competition is understandably not so high.

  9. We were moving to Berlin and from the other side of Germany it was really hard to search for an apartment. So for a weekend we drove to Berlin and had a tight schedule to get to as many apartments as possible only to witness the same problems you discribed. We even overheard someone to pay more if he gets it and you know how talking about money and rents in public is seen in Germany. We got our apartment just one month before the start of the semester with the help of friends of the family who already live here and own apartments.
    Apartment hunting in big cities is pure madness^^

  10. So glad you posted this video. Me and my boyfriend were also looking for an appartment at the beggining of the year and we almost gave up after 5 months. At the end we took one that was a little too expensive but THEN he got offered a job outside Munich. So we cancelled! But now, were moving back to Munich AGAIN, so we're back in the game again. I just hope we get more luck this time. If anyone knows any nice 1-room or 2-room appartment do let me know! 😉
    Thanks!

  11. In Munich you have to bribe the Wohnungsmakler to get a flat. And when you´´ve got a flat the rents are sky high.

  12. We moved to Munich just over a year ago and saw our apartment 4 days after we arrived and had a lease signed about a week later. 

    I know that we were pretty lucky but I find a lot of the people I talk to who are looking for an apartment here have some pretty unrealistic expectations especially when it comes to price. Obviously no one wants to pay more than they need to but Munich is expensive by German standards and I think people have to accept that or accept that they're going to be looking for a while or have to be pretty far outside the city

  13. My colleague was looking for an appartement in Cologne. Same procedure than Munich. She was there with a bunch of other people. When the agent asked a couple "Do you want this appartement?" They said "We would like to sleep a night over (is that written correct or another Denglish phrase? :D)" my colleague shouted "Here, we don´t have to think about, we want it!" And so they got it!

  14. I lived in Nuremberg from 1983-1988 It took me about a year to find something. I had to pay a lot of DMs to an agency to help me find something. The process was painful, it was harder than buying a house in the U.S.

  15. I found my Munich apartment (slightly upscale borough, small detatched house with huge garden around it etc) by advertising for one myself! This works ONLY if you are single, hv no pets or kids and a reputable well-paying job! All of which you of course MENTION in your ad, even if that makes it somewaht expensive! But that was almost 20yrs ago now, not sure how many phonecalls I d get if I advertised for appt now. 🙂 But this way you can mostly find PRETTIER appartements owned by PRIVATE owners/landlords and not "investors". Of yourse bioth types of landlords hv their advantages n disadvantages. I d suggest "SUEDDEUTSCHE (printed AND online) and the other big Munich local daily papers for an ad.

  16. I live here in Munich mysel, and it's a pain, especially as a student, i've been searching for almost a year.
    But i didnt found anything with a reasonable prize and location, my dad went on and rented an appartment for me which i pay.
    It's really difficult, a friend of mine payed 700€ bucks for a 1 room appartment in a bad condition, because noone else wanted to risk renting their appartment to a student.

  17. I try to stay away from realtor offers in Germany, since you (the renter) oftentimes have to pay them a fair amount for basically doing nothing. Sites like wg-gesucht.de or others offer services to people who just search for renters that will rent the flat after they leave (with sanction of the owner of course). As the name suggest this is mostly used by WGs – these are (usually young) people living together in one flat – to search for new roommates, but in most cases there are also advertisements for single or couple flats.

  18. I was searching for 3 month for a flat in munich until my lucky day. 🙂 I got a tip from a co-worker, who was searching for him and his son and he visited a flat wich wasn't the right for them, but for me. So I called the agent, get an appointment with one other guy who won't have the flat and TADAAA – it was mine ^^
    If you are coming alone to munich it is also common to join a flat share. I know several people living in flat shares because it is not only hard to find a flat, it is also expensive. On my search I saw one-room apartments with a rent of 1.200€ per month

  19. I'm looking at moving to Germany in a few months. What you said about finding an apartment in Munich sounds similar to how it's like in Berlin. Would you know if it's like that all over Germany (or at least the major cities)?

  20. it really was for us, we searched for an flat in Munich for about 1 1/2 because the owner if our house just wanted it for himself (Eigenbedarfsräumung) so we actually visited more than 190 apartments till we got ours 5 days ago and we need to move out on 3 weeks… of course the flat doesn't come with anything, no kitchen, no light balls, no gardienenstangen (how do you call those in English?), no nothing. now we're checking for a removal man who doesn't take more than 2000€ for this.

  21. Finding an apartment in Toronto is all down to luck and how much money you want to spend. If you don't mind paying a good 2k for a one bedroom then you can pretty much just go somewhere and you'll be fine. If you're trying to find something cheaper then it gets difficult. I know people who would visit ten or twenty places before settling down with something that is just ok because they got tired of looking. (Visiting twenty places on one month is a bit hellish). I managed to luck out with mine, got the first place I went to.

  22. I have lived in six apartments in four years in San Francisco. Average cost of a studio is now at $2000/month. It's a battlefield. :/

  23. Haha I am from NYC looking to move to Munich. Currently living in Rome, Italy.
    My last apartment in NYC took me about 3months to find an awesome riverside apartment Manhattan.
    It isn't that bad hunting in NYC, if you are from the city and know where to look/ know what area you want to live in.

  24. I know finding an apartment in Munich is nerve wracking especially if you're not from there. A few years ago I got an internship offer from company in Munich and had to find a furnished apartment or room within a two weeks. I ended up paying ~1200€ per month for a tiny apartment. Luckily my employer covered 50% of the rent. I have no idea how Germans with low-paying jobs can afford to live there.

  25. As a university student, it can be a little easier if you know where and what to look for. I'm currently living in a shared flat (or as germans say "WG"-Wohngemeinschaft). It had been started several years before I moved in, and at the time that I was looking for a place, one of the guys living there was moving out, and I took over his room. By now, the other two guys that lived here when I moved in have left one by one, and each one found someone to replace him. So the flat is continously occupied, saving everyone involved a lot of trouble.

  26. Finding an apartment in Berlin was reeeeeally difficult. Kinda the same story you told for München. And after 3 Month I had to search again but thank god a friend of mine knew someone that moved out so I could directly move in without any other people knowing of the apartment.

  27. OMG! I want to move to Munich for my masters at LMU! I am from Texas, now I am afraid it is going to be so difficult! I need to get an apartment I cant be living in a hotel for ever :O

  28. It actually was nearly the exact same way how we found our apartment. We called for one apartment listed on the real estate website and the guy was like "yeah, that's already rented, but I have this other one which got available just today".

  29. in going on an exchange in septembr and will have to find a room in Düsseldorf for 6 months. I am so scared.

  30. It seems like this would be an opportunity for renters to really stick it to people, things like $18000 a month, someone will pay it.

  31. 1) If you do not have a VERY well paid job – you wont find an apartment in Munich.
    2) If you are a freelancer – you probabaly also wont find an apartment in Munich.
    3) if you have a dog or other pet – you also wont find an apartment in Munich. forget it!!!

  32. Me and my wife wanted to buy a house (rural area) and spent one year searching for one. We ended up building our own house.

  33. Hubby and I had EXTREME luck! Waiting lists are a year or more. We had one a week after starting the search. Sadly they were renovating it, so we had to wait 4 months before we could move in!

  34. Lol hard to get apartment, to get a first-hand contract on a 1 room apartment you have to cue for more then 15 years, outside town 8 to 10 years depending on where you are. Sublets for 1 room apartments can cost up to 15 000 SEK so around 1500 Euros a month.

  35. I have a few questions, is it hard to find a apartment to accommodate pets? If it is possible, do they charge an additional fee? Are the rents quoted as a per month price or per week price? How much do you budget for utilities usually? Are there areas that are known to have a lot of expats living there? I was in Munich in June and really enjoyed myself during my visit. I have been seriously considering moving to Germany or Austria for the last year or so and I think I am really close to doing it. Your videos have been very helpful in making my decision. Thanks for putting out great content.

  36. My husband and I looking for an apartment. But not yet luck. Even we are trying to find until Freising area still 30 people look the apartment. Whats going on in Munich!!!

  37. Thanks for your kind information. But from my experience being non-EU or non-western also matters. Being able to speak in German is a big thing in this context.
    Also if you are wearing Islamic way of dressings like headscarf then it hurts your chances. In most of the visits My wife is frowned upon because of her dressing and one of the landladies recommended her to wear western clothes.

  38. Also, if you have an apartment but it’s to expensive for you check out the “Job center“ in München and just go talk with them, they probably help you if you tell them that your money isn’t enough to pay for your apartment etc. they‘re also paying for the „caution“ (First 3 rental billings).

  39. 4:43 "Tell everyone you know that you're looking for an apartment" That's so true!!! Mostly collegues and people at your favourite afterwork-activities are good contacts for that. So don't be shy and talk about it around you. Also let people tell about how they found their room. You will learn a lot that way.

  40. Munich is pure racism, they choose the rich people only. Apartments are in a bad condition and you have to live with many people. Avoid Munich, the city is very boring as well. No nightlife at all….

  41. Why it is so complicated to find an apparment in Munich. Here are the reasons. The apparment market is regulated like in communist regims and the owners are like expropriated.
    1. We have a very strict law for renting. A rental contract is for the owner worther than a mariage. He is bounded to the renter in extrem for all his live without any chance of divorce. (only the owner side). It is not allowed to make a time-contract (in most cases)
    2. You as owner are not allowed to give an appartment regularly to somebody only for some month. And if you do so you will be fined up to 500.000 EUR. There is a special denutiation webpage where you can report your neigbour to the city in case. So, many forgein visitors are excluded from the rental market.

    3. Renting like under AirBnB is mostly not allowed (only 8 weeks in a Year) will be fined in the same way.

    4. Many owners would like to give appartments to visitors, but they are not allowed to do so. Thanks to our more and more communist politic.

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