Flat hunting made easy: How to find the perfect home for your time at university

Looking for a flat or flat share can be a real challenge. We can help you make this process easier.

  • August 23, 2023
  • 4 Min. reading time

The new semester is approaching and for many this also means: a new home is needed. Looking for a flat or flat share can be a real challenge. We can help you make this process easier.

Start looking for a flat early. If you start just before the semester begins, you could get caught up in the hustle and bustle of last-minute apartment hunters. A few months in advance will give you enough time to consider several options and choose the best one for you. In addition to the well-known property portals, there are also student-specific platforms and notice boards at universities. Also use social media and ask in student groups.

It's also important to think about what your needs are! Do you need a quiet place to study or do you want to be in the middle of the action? Should it be a flat for you alone or a shared flat? Think about what your budget allows and which factors are particularly important to you in order to be able to search in a targeted manner.

Take a close look at the tenancy agreement

  • Key points: Take a close look at the amount of rent, the duration of the contract and the notice periods.
  • Service charges: These are often not included in the gross rent. How high are they and what exactly is included? Internet, electricity and other fees could be an issue.
  • Deposit: How much is it and under what conditions can you get it back?
  • Subletting: Are you allowed to sublet if you want to go abroad for a semester, for example?
  • Moving out: What are your obligations when you move out? Do walls have to be repainted or holes filled?

If you are unclear or unsure, you should seek help from friends, family or even a legal advisor.

Organisation when moving
Lists help! What do you need for the first day? What can wait? Who could help with the move? A well-organised move is only half as stressful, so we've put together a checklist of the most important points for you here:

Preparation phase:

  • Decide on the date of the move
  • Get moving boxes and packing material
  • Organise means of transport. If necessary, reserve a parking space for the transport vehicle at the old and new location!
  • Change of address at the post office, banks, insurance companies, etc.
  • Sort out clothes and objects you no longer need.
  • Sell, give away or dispose of what you are not taking with you.
  • Inform your school and employer about the move
  • Deal with de-registration and registration with authorities


  • Label moving boxes (room or contents).
  • Pad fragile items well and secure them
  • Pack important documents and valuables separately

Handing over the flat:

  • Arrange a date for handing over the old flat
  • Carry out repairs or renovations if necessary

Moving day:

  • Coordinate removal helpers
  • Organise drinks and snacks for helpers
  • Make final rounds of the old flat to make sure nothing has been forgotten

After the move:

  • Unpack!
  • Pass on changes of address to friends and relatives
  • Hand over the old flat for good and document it
  • Get to know your surroundings. Where is the nearest supermarket? Are there cafés, bars and restaurants nearby? And most importantly, where are the best places to study?
  • Have a housewarming party 😊

This list is extensive, but not every point may apply to your situation. Adapt it according to your needs and circumstances. A well thought-out plan can make the move smoother and minimise stress.

Furnish your new home – cheaply and charmingly
Finally, here are a few tips on how to furnish your flat or flat-sharing room inexpensively:

  • Second-hand shops: Here you can often find inexpensive but stylish furniture.
  • Upcycling: Let old things shine in a new light. A suitcase as a table or pallets as a sofa – be creative!
  • Plants: They are cheap, beautify the room and provide fresh air.
  • DIY decoration: Simple handicraft ideas can liven up walls and rooms.
  • Flea market finds: Here you can discover unique treasures at low prices.

Flat hunting may be stressful for many, but with the right attitude, a little patience and the tips above, you can overcome this hurdle too. Good luck with your search!