Alternative options

Temporary accommodation and furnished apartments

Besides your own apartment with a full contract, there are also alternative housing options available that might be very interesting for a start or a stay for a limited time.

Temporary accommodation: If you intend to stay in Germany for a limited time, temporary accommodation is an interim solution before finding more permanent accommodation. In Germany, tenants are often allowed to sublet their apartment for a limited time. Since many young Germans travel a lot, this is actually quite common. Sublets can generally be found under the termsUntermieteorZwischenmiete. This means that the flats or rooms are sublet with a contract signed with the tenant, not the landlord.

Staying at a hotel for a week or two is fine, but when you’re planning to stay for a longer period of time a furnished apartment is the best option to go with. For a short-term stay a furnished apartment is a great way of avoiding the hassle of arranging cable TV and internet contracts, and it will save you the expenses of buying furniture and home appliances.

You can start looking for a furnished apartment on Tempoflat or Spotahome. They are leading online portals where you can find and offer furnished apartments or rooms. Among the advantages of having a platform as an intermediary is the security, since it is more protected against scams. 


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