As it's an absolute nightmare to find somewhere to live in Stuttgart and I've just sent this email to a friend
General advice is- the first place that you like the look of and you can see yourself living there- show enthusiasm to the landlord and tell them that you want it at the visit. You may have to be prepared to compromise and be flexible- you might have to give up on having a balcony or location, as public transportation in Stuttgart is largely very good if you're near to a U Bahn or a well connected bus stop it shouldn't matter where you live. You will probably see a lot of shit flats too so don't get downhearted. A Stuttgarter speciality is a shower in the kitchen which if you're living on your own is maybe not as bad as you might think... If you get really stuck, be prepared to maybe pay a Provision- a fee to an agency for finding you a flat. A pain in the arse but becoming more and more frequent these days
Ideas of where to look:
- If you already have a job, ask if there are any internal housing lists on the intranet or even look out on communal noticeboards around your office, coffee areas etc. Put ads yourself on these
- Ask HR, maybe they have some kind of list/resources/agency that they use
- Tell everyone you know that you are looking for a flat as you will often hear about them through word of mouth 'oh my neighbour is moving out...'
Internet resources: Again, as soon as you like the look of something call the Landlord straight away and try to make an appointment at the earliest opportunity. Be prepared to be asked lots of strange questions on the phone, it's practically ilke a job interview
These are mostly for students and Wohngemeinschafts (flat sharing) but you might find something if you want to live alone
This place has mostly agencies on it so you will probably have to pay a Provision.
This is Sperrmuell online. You have to pay for access to all details or you can buy Sperrmuell the newspaper each week. I think that it comes out every Thursday with the Immobilien listings so if this is not right maybe someone can correct me. The online version is updated with offers outside of the publication date
This is a very popular, weekly local newspaper. It's delivered in some parts of Stuttgart on Wednesday night but mostly on a Thursday. It looks like all ads are also online. Best advice- go into the office early on a Thursday morning and start calling from about 8.30
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