To make your housing search as easy as possible here is some information and a few tips, as it is sadly not always easy to find cheap housing in Munich.
When do you need a flat in Munich?
As it’s not very easy to find appropriate and affordable accommodation in Munich, you should begin your search as soon as possible. You often need to reply to an offer quickly so it’s advisable to already be in Munich when beginning your search (if only temporarily/ in a short term let).
How/where do you want to live?
There are many different options:
Halls of residence
For trainees and students there are student halls of residence which are a great way to live inexpensively in Munich. The problem is that most of these are full and therefore can have very long waiting times. So it’s advisable to research the individual halls in advance and if possible to get on the waiting list. You can find further information here.
Those who come to study in Munich and want to live in student halls of residence should expect to wait one and four semesters. Students should look for other accommodation in advance to tide them over. On the topic of “Student living” you will find lots of tips, information and addresses on the Munich Student Union website.
Mitwohnzentralen could be the solution for those wanting to stay in Munich for a few weeks or months, for example for an internship. These provide rooms and flats of Munich residents who are temporarily away and make them available for short-term letting. However, this is not necessarily cheap as the agencies charge a commission fee, the cost of which is determined by rental duration and rent cost. The Mitwohnzentrale for Munich can be also be found here.
Rooms in shared flats (WG’s) in Munich
Do you want to move out but not live alone? Then perhaps a room in a shared flat is the solution. It is definitely a relatively cheap option, as all costs are divided among the residents. However, living in a WG isn’t for everyone. You should really think about what living with others will be like and then look for a WG you trust or start searching for student residences in Munich.
Free housing market
Regardless of whether it’s a flat for you alone, a student residence, with a partner or a WG, we have a couple of tips for everyone who is looking for accommodation on the housing market.
The housing section of the large Munich newspapers is a well-tried option as the majority of the flats/rooms on offer are mediated by an agent, i.e. up to two rental payments including VAT have to be paid as a fee.
Housing search at www.muenchen.de: Immonet offers over 15,000 real estate listings in and around Munich as well as current information on house hunting (Ad) (de)
Also, notice boards in universities, technical colleges or cafeterias are always worth a look.