MBA Germany

Accommodation in Germany


 

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You should look for a place to live before you enter Germany, if you have friends or acquaintances living in Germany where you are going, maybe you might ask them to start helping you look for place before you arrive. If not, there are many organizations which may be able to help you if you get in touch with them in advance.

Renting in Germany

You should begin with a clear idea of what you are looking for and how much you want to pay. It is common here to end up paying up to one-third of your income in rent.

Rent is calculated per square meters (pro Quadratmeter), the larger the flat or house the less rent per sqm (cellars do not count in the calculation). Rooms with dormer roofs are counted as half the actual floor space.

There are two ways of rent in Germany, the net rent (Kaltmieten) or the net rent plus the utilities, this is sometimes called all-in rent (Pauschalmiete). This sometimes includes heating system, occasionally electricity. Usually though electricity is not included. If heating system is provided by gas then usually the bill has to be paid directly to the gas providing company. The rent you pay can be with or without utilities from case to case.

You will also have to pay a deposit which can be up to three months rent. This deposit is kept by the landlord as a security for rent and furniture and in the end if everything is okay you will get this back, normally with the interest accrued.

If your gas or electricity costs must be paid separately, the meter must be read at the hand-over and the details sent to the appropriate provider.

Note: You should solicit an English translation of the contract, this is very important for you because later on, you will have to pay and accept the contract. At least take someone with you who understands German and can translate the document or take the document away with you to have it translated, don't sign anything you don't understand!

Hotels in Germany

There is a good selection of hotels in Germany and comprehensive guides can be found at the German National Tourist Office. Better German hotels are well equipped with leisure facilities ranging from spas and pools to saunas and gyms. The hotels in Germany use the system of classification of 1 to 5 stars. The cheaper hotels may only provide a room and a communal bathroom. The more upscale hotels offer more privacy, but cost more. Also some hotels occupy historic castles and offer an aesthetic and historical value.

Hostel in Germany

Hostels are very popular in Europe, with over 600 hostel operators in Germany. Hostels give fair prices for the budget traveler. Hostels are a good way to meet new people and learn new cultures, while saving money.

Guesthouse in Germany

Guesthouses and holiday flats are popular in Germany and can be comparatively cheaper than a hotel. Most are located outside the city in farmhouses or remote areas. Tourist offices have lists of holiday flats available for rent.

Camping

Camps are common in Germany, generally in the summer but some, mostly in winter sports areas, operate all year round. Most camping facilities offer facilities such as bathrooms and showers at a fairly cheap price. Book ahead of time, because some places fill up quickly, especially popular campsites in national parks and lake reserves. German Camping Club publishes a guide to the best sites in Germany.


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