The housing situation in Munich may be summed up as follows: Finding an apartment is difficult, particularly if you are looking for a furnished place for a limited period of time. Apartments are expensive, with the rent, as a rule, being proportional to the size of the apartment and the standard of its equipment. Another decisive factor is the area in which an apartment is located: the nearer to the center and/or the more fashionable the area, the higher the rent.
IMPRS-CI Housing Programme
The IMPRS housing programme includes the following services:
- The Max Planck Institute has rented a small number of apartments which are sublet to IMPRS students.
- We provide students with the contact data of housing agencies.
- In case you wish to stay in a hotel for the first days we provide you with a list of hotels in the neighbourhood of the IMPRS-CI. Students are responsible for making their own reservations.
Please contact Stilla Wenger from the administration office of the MPI for more information:
Phone: +49 (89) 24246 - 301
E-Mail: Stilla.Wenger (at) ip.mpg.de
Ludwig Maximilians University Housing Services
The Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich offers residence assistance to visiting scholars. For more information please click here or contact Johanna Foof at:
Ludwigstr. 27, 2nd floor, Room G215, 80539 Munich, Germany
Phone: +49 (89) 2180-3653
E-Mail: johanna.foof (at) lmu.de
For those students who will take care of their housing themselves, there are seven short-term rental agencies that have English-language websites with information and registration forms, which make it very easy for those of you who know no German to register and see whether the agencies can find you something. These are:
- Mitwohnzentrale an der Uni
- Bed and Breakfast Munich
- Mr. Lodge
- Liz Frey Relocation Services
- Easy Roomate
Furthermore, there is an agency called HomeCompany. Their website is completely in German, but they speak English and they also provide you with offers in English language. Upon your request we will send you their English language order form and their general terms and conditions.
Another agency, City Mitwohnzentrale, has plenty of listings for you to browse, but no possibility of registering. To find the Munich listings in English, switch to English by clicking on the British flag, and then choose "München" from the city drop-down list on the search form. Unfortunately, the detailed information is in German, but you can see where the offers are located (by clicking on the map), and with the aid of a dictionary you will surely find out what they are like.
You may also try with the (free) Housing Referral Service of the Munich Students Union ("Studentenwerk München") where you will find a long list of offers of all kinds of rooms and apartments. However the number of your competitors – the incoming students of all Munich universities – is very high. Furthermore, the landlords will probably want to meet you, so following this option is best when you are already in Munich.
The most important Munich newspaper for house hunting is the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The housing ads are published in the Friday issue, however, in Germany language only.
Please note that the IMPRS-CI staff is unfortunately not in a position to go and visit apartments for you.