Finding accommodation on your own

We have compiled a list of relevant rental portals, on which students or private landlords offer accommodation.

Please note:

  1. Read the room/flat ads carefully and keep in mind that even if the photos show furnished rooms, the room/apartment might be rented unfurnished. As with all online offers, cases of fraud can also occur here. Contact the provider only if the room offer seems to be serious. Never transfer money to an account outside Germany. If you are unsure whether an offer is serious or if you notice something conspicuous, feel free to contact the Accommodation Service.
  2. Contacts are to be made usually by phone or e-mail. Introduce yourself in writing or by phone and make an appointment to visit the apartment. If you are not yet in Germany, you may be able to get an impression of the room/apartment by using a video app.
  3. Arrive on time at an agreed appointment and make sure that you can answer enquiries and e-mails quickly. When visiting a room/flat, be polite and decide quickly whether you want to live in it or not.
  4. If you get an acceptance, you will usually receive a rental agreement soon. Check it carefully before you sign it. Transfer the deposit and/or the first rent for the room as agreed. Note: You should only transfer money to a bank in Germany.
  5. Arrange an appointment for the handing over of keys/room. When moving in, it is advisable to document the condition of the room or apartment in a handover protocol or, above all, to photograph any damage and inform the contract partner.

Should you have any questions, get in touch with the Accommodation Service.