WWW to find an apartment in English? Find single, family and student flats in Berlin, Germany for foreigners
Berlin is an international city and many foreigners come to Berlin for work, study and travel. For those coming to Berlin for work or for study may find it daunting to find an apartment in Berlin. One of the main problem people face is the language. In this article I would like to help you find a good apartment in Berlin.
Case1 : Single, non-German speaking foreigner moving to Berlin for work or study
For singles, my suggestion is to find a shared apartment rather than a single apartment at least for the first few months after your arrival. This will make the life so much easier, as your apartment mates will be of great help to you to start the life here. There are lots of official formalities to be completed for new comers and all documents are in German. Also, the tips from the Berlin residents will help you save a lots of money as there are places, just to exploit foreigners and there are places where foreigners love to live and shop.
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Case2: Married with Kids, non-German speaking foreigner moving to Berlin for work or study
If you have a family, things are more complicated. It is very difficult to get an apartment, without going for the apartment visit (but not impossible). Here usually, people go and visit the apartment and submit your documents (salary sheet for last 3 months, visa, job contract and SHUFA (this is to check if you are indebted to someone)). Only after few days the owner/caretaker calls you and tell that you can come and sign the contract. If you are coming for a job ask some of your colleagues if they can help to get an apartment for you. The easiest way is to take the apartment as nachvermieter (if some one likes to leave the apartment before the contract ends, he has to find a new person. They are called nachvermieter). I guess some of your colleagues will help you in this.
For those with children below 7 years, you may also find difficulty to get a kindergarden place. In Germany it is government who will the kindergarden costs, so this is also well regulated. I will write an article soon about how to get a kita/kindergarden place.
There are more kita/kindergardens in the eastern part of Berlin than in the west (due to historic reasons). Unfortunately, the information about the kita/kindergaden are all in German. You may also want to think about the above aspect before taking the apartment. It is highly recommended for families with children to visit the apartment and its neighborhood, before signing the contract. Most importantly, never sign a contract where it is required to stay there for minimum one year.
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Key words in German for apartment searching
You don't really need to learn German to search for an apartment. Here are few key words
1. Zimmer (Zi) = Room
2. Straße = street
3. Wohnung: Apartment
4. Frei ab - bis = free from (some day) - until
5. mehr = more
6. Haus = House
7. suchen = search
8.Miete = Rent (There is cold rent and warm rent. Warm is the total amount you have to pay)
9. Vom : from
10: Angebot : Special offer
11: WG : This is a symbol for shared apartment. Which means, you will have one room, kitchen, toilet you have to share with others.
12: Wo =Where
13. Was suchen sie= What do you search for
14: Kaufen = Purchase
15: Mieten: Rented
16: Wohnfläche = size of the apartment
17: Kaltmiete =Cold Rent
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