YAY! You’re moving to Munich for whatever reason! You are so excited to live in Bavaria’a perfectly-located capital city and spend your evenings and weekends downing Maßkrugs at your favorite beer garden.
Just one last thing, you have to find a flat first. Apartment hunting in Germany’s most expensive city is no joke. The demand for decent living arrangement way outweighs the supply and chances are, unless you previously lived in New York City, San Francisco, or Paris, you will be downgrading from your previous apartment living standards. After making apartment hunting in Munich my near full-time job in July, I am moved in to my flat and have a place to sleep in München.
The search is tough for anyone, but for we young, unemployed students, it only grows more difficult. Your budget is tight, landlords aren’t interested, and chances are you did not get lucky with in a dorm or student apartment (Wohnheim) your first semester, so you are probably looking to live in a Wohnheimgemeinschaft, or WG (pronoucned vay-gay). A WG is a shared living space. Usually, this is a multi-bedroom apartment where one resident is the main renter, or Hauptmieter. He/she rents the entire apartment from the landlord and then subleases the other rooms to people of their choice and the common areas, such as the kitchen and living room, are for everyone to use. WGs come in all shapes and sizes, with varying numbers of availability length, roommates, room sizes, amenities, locations, etc.
The search for a WG usually begins on WG Gesucht and difficulty varies dependent upon your needs. One thing is certain though, if you are looking before the new semester begins in September/October, you’re in for a dogfight.
You Wake Up Every Morning and the First Thing You do is Log In To WG Gesucht and Frantically Message the New Listings
You Try and Sound Like the Perfect Roommate/Tenant in Your Messages
You’ve Already Sent 10 Messages Today, But You Keep Going
You Think You Found the Perfect Apartment but it’s a Scam
and the Other 80 Percent of the Ads Never Even Respond to Your Message
Meanwhile, Everyone You Speak To Reminds You For the 100th Time that Munich is the Most Expensive City in Germany
You Begin Day Dreaming and Looking at Apartments Online Out of Your Price Range on ImmobilienScout24
You Finally Schedule Some WG Interviews/Apartment Viewings (Besichtigungstermin)
On Your Way To See Your First Flat
Then You Finally See the Flat that Sounded so Great in the Ad but in Reality it’s Crap
So You Keep On Searching
At Your WG Interviews, They Ask You About Your Hobbies
You Remember the Only Hobby You’ve Ever Stuck With
After a Long Day of WG Interviews
You Receive Your First Rejection
But Then You Remember All the Negatives About the Flat and You Feel a Bit Relieved
and You Start Wondering Why These People get to Interview You When You Know What an Awesome Roommate You are, They Should be Fighting Over You!
You Finally See an Apartment You Like with a Roommate You Get Along With
And it has a Dishwasher!
You Walk Out of the WG Inteview Like
It’s a Match! You’ve Been Selected for the WG.
You Sign Your Lease. It’s All in German.
and Might Have Just Signed Over Your First Born Along With It
Then Fork Over Every Last Cent in your Konto for the Deposit and First Month’s Rent
But it’s All OK Because You Found a Flat In Munich! Let the beer drinking begin!