Germany - Accommodation
If you're renting, the majority of properties
available to you will be unfurnished (may not even include kitchen
fixtures or lighting). When looking for rental accommodation,
make sure to ask what kind of facilities are there before you look
at it (you may already know that you want a flat which has a kitchen).
Ask if you will need to make any more renovations to the property
in order to live it.
Other points to remember are extra costs associated
with rubbish collection etc. and, if you live in a building with
other people, whether you will have responsibilities like tidying
the entrance hall or sweeping the pavement outside. As with
anywhere else, it is good to show that you are interested in learning
what the normal practice is; landlords prefer responsible tenants
and it's even better if they are long-term tenants. People
don't move around in Germany as much as in the UK.
Germans are very strict on noise levels at night and
on weekends. They call their quiet or rest time die Ruhezeit.Make
sure you know what these times are and abide by them.
We've included some accommodation links for Munich
and Frankfurt below.
Munich, the capital of the southern state Bavaria
and home of the famous Oktoberfest, is often referred to as Germany's
secret capital. Bavaria is the origin of a lot of German traditions
which are seen as being 'typically Germany' abroad but in reality
are only found in Bayern. So if you're looking for Lederhosen,
Munich's the right place! Here are some links which can help
you with accommodation. Make sure you also check the classified
section in the local paper, and ask your new employer for help.
(accommodation shark!) has lots of classified ads; in German
They do charge a large commission, but will be able
to decipher the cryptic abbreviations contained German classifieds
and tell you what is really on offer.
Sommer Relocation (Munich)
Relocation Centre (Munich, Dusseldorf, Wiesbaden)
The Munich Guide
The gleaming towers of Frankfurt's are the outward
signs of an industry that has earned Frankfurt its status as the
financial capital of Germany. Frankfurt am Main (Frankfurt
on the river Main) is not to be confused with Frankfurt an der Oder
(a town in the former East Germany on the river Oder).
City, Surroundings and Street Map
Other city guides
Hamburg City Guide
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