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Housing supply: should I focus on finding a studio or a WG?

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Yet another housing thread (feel free to remove if redundant) but perhaps this is more broad and applicable for others as well. The basic question is: Is there more demand in central Berlin for studio apartments or multiple occupancy apartments, per supply?

 

Specifically, I'm finishing up my studies here in Berlin and looking for a studio apartment for myself as I start working full time. No luck yet. Two friends from college suggested that we form a WG together, but they haven't found any suitable apartments yet either. I'll keep an open mind about the WG route, as they're neat people, but regarding my chances for each approach, is it easier searching for and finding a single occupancy apartment or more standard multiple occupancy ones? Which has more competition?

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As I understand it the main competition is for 1-2 room apartments, but neither is going to be easy.  The main thing you can do to make life easier is be flexible on "central".

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When I was looking for an apartment a few years ago, it was much easier to find a WG than a studio. There were way more ads for WGs, so the demand seems to be for studios and 2-room apartments

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1 hour ago, Santitas said:

When I was looking for an apartment a few years ago, it was much easier to find a WG than a studio. There were way more ads for WGs, so the demand seems to be for studios and 2-room apartments

 

That's true, but the boys aren't looking for a flat share room, but a flat where they can found a flat share... and not every landlord wants to have a WG in his flat. 

 

With the limited offer in Berlin, the requirement "central" and probably a budget the op will have to take what he gets. 

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On 26.2.2019, 13:14:50, Pandekage said:

is it easier searching for and finding a single occupancy apartment or more standard multiple occupancy ones? Which has more competition?

 

It depends on the location and the price segment.

 

It is actually relatively easy to find accommodation for those who are willing to pay over 2k/month. What is your budget?

 

If you are flexible on location, Spandau has a higher vacancy rate than the popular Bezirke.

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2000 euros a month rent?  Those can shell out 2k/month just for the rent would definitely not have the interest and inclination to seek help on forum like this:rolleyes: . Sadly you are right though. You can rent any number of flats in a matter of a week if you are willing  to shell out large amount of money and some want half in cash because they don´t want to pay tax!.    Even if you  have kids and your partner is working,  one should never encourage such large amount of rent in a city where until 10 years ago one could get a decent flat for less than 350 euros, I had once helped a startup Firma with some auditing. I was absolutely disgusted the amount of rent they were willing to pay for apartments in Berlin. I think one of the reasons why the rents are so high in this largely middle class city with socialist ambitions is the startup folks who flock in to the city with fictional schemes.  I am sorry if some of you find it offensive but this is what a regular Berliner would say if we are open minded enough to get their opinion.

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