New to Düsseldorf? Looking for an apartment (or as many Europeans say: “a flat”)? Well, the easiest part about finding an apartment is sourcing a reputable website to start looking.
While there are a few English language websites that offer apartment rentals in Düsseldorf, you may often notice that they’re charging more for their rentals. Why? Well, they’re catering to expats and English speaking internationals, why not?
If you want to find an apartment in Düsseldorf and pay the same price as a local, then you’re going to need to start searching for an apartment in German. But, fear not! It’s quite easy to do so when you’ve learned a few words of rental vocabulary, which I’ll get you started on after I share with you a list of the best websites to start searching for your dream apartment.
The best websites for apartment rentals
The best social media sites to find apartment rentals
Düsseldorf Flea Market
Expats in Düsseldorf
English Speaking Expat Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf Expat Forum
The best websites for student apartment rentals
Learning the rental vocabulary
Once you’ve found yourself a few apartments you’d like to take a look at, you’ll need to contact the landlord or rental company to inquire about viewing the apartment (now would be a good time to ask if someone speaks English who might be able to help you, or better yet, bring a German along)!
A shared accommodation in which every tenant has their own room, but shared common rooms (kitchen, bathroom, living room).
The cost of the living space without additional costs added (essentially what the apartment would costs cold, without running water, electricity, etc.)
Rent including heating
The cost of the living space with heating (this often excludes electricity and internet – you will likely have to organize these costs yourself).
The costs of all the additional expenses that you add on top of the cold rent fee.
Size of living area
The perimeter (in km’s) you are willing to look for a living space.
Apartment (not house)
The date that the living space will become available.
Most apartments come without a kitchen, so if you read “mit Einbauküche”, then the apartment will come with the kitchen.
The floor level in which the apartment is located on. The ground floor is (EG) the first floor up is 1 OG., the second floor up is 2 OG., etc.
Here are a few other guides that might help you out along the way:
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