Tips for finding accommodation

This page provides tips & tricks – and useful links – to help you in your search for accommodation in and around Munich. Learn which parts of Munich are best for your budget and how much you can expect to pay for travel. And we can help you work out what an average student spends a month in Munich.

Info session: Finding Accommodation

Useful tips – like how to apply for an advertised apartment, how to contact the property owner/manager, how to master German bureaucracy (registry Residence Registration Office) and how to extend a visa, permit of stay, etc. Please register because places are limited.


5 tips for accomodation hunting

  • Start in good time: Nearly all freshers start looking for accommodation at the beginning of the winter semester, i.e. October and November. This may be too late – other students will already have taken many of the flats.Semester dates
  • Read advertisements carefully: It is important to understand the abbreviations used in classified ads to avoid any unwelcome surprises! Bilingual Glossary
  • Be quick to respond: Ring straight away when you see a new ad - such as in the TUM housing online exchange
  • Make a good impression when you view a flat: Bring guarantees/references, proof of income and perhaps even your CV. It is important that the landlord trusts you.
  • Look further afield: Rents on the outskirts of Munich are often two euro per square meter cheaper than in the city center, i.e. in the vicinity of the university. Distance is not an issue, however, thanks to Munich’s excellent transport network. Residential areas in Munich

Rent & travel costs

Bungalows in the Olympic Park
Colorful student bungalows brighten up the Olympic Park.Image: Uli Benz

Living expenses for students: Rent, groceries, books and more. You can find current and reliable figures in the Munich Student Union's social report.

Evening ambience in the "Englicher Garten"
Nice area + central location = sky-high prices! The unfortunate reality in the center of Munich.Image: L. Gervasi / Tourismusamt München

Where is the cheapest area to live? And which parts of Munich have the highest rents? The City of Munich provides a color-coded map of residential areas (in German).

Metro station in Garching
Underground: The quickest way to reach the Garching campus from the center of Munich.Image: Andreas Heddergott

Savings for students: For just EUR 220.10 per semester, students can use the entire Munich public transport network (MVV) with its underground and local trains, trams and buses. Semester ticket

Euro bank notes and coins
What does rent and travel cost? This calculator helps you decide where to settle down.Image: ElenaR/Fotolia

Town mouse or country mouse? This MVV calculator can help work out how much you’ll have to pay in rent and travel costs (is not based on a semester ticket). Rent and travel cost calculator (in German)

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