Before you start looking, you should think about what you have in mind in terms of size, location, transport connections, and monthly rent. The more specific your expectations are, the more you'll be able to narrow down your search.
You can find listings of apartments and houses available for rent in the service sections of local and regional newspapers, as well as on a number of online platforms.
Local and regional newspapers
In particular, we recommend taking a look at the Saturday editions of:
- Badische Neueste Nachrichten (BNN)
- The advertising section of Der Kurier (ads also available online)
If you'd like to expand your search to a wider area, you might also consider the following newspapers:
- Badisches Tageblatt
- Die Rheinpfalz
- Pforzheimer Zeitung
- Stuttgarter Zeitung
In many cases, printed apartment offers are especially full of abbreviations you may not immediately understand. To help you figure out what they stand for, a list of the most common terms is available here (in German only).
If you're interested in searching online, you should check out the following online platforms, which cover all of Germany:
Online real-estate platforms usually offer several photos of each property available for rent, which should help you get a good feel for each home.
Meanwhile, those looking for a room in a shared apartment or house can visit:
For students and trainees there is an international student housing platform, that is specialized for rooms and rooms in a shared apartement or house:
For assistance in finding a place to live, you can also consult a real estate broker. Brokers receive a commission for serving as an intermediary; in some cases, this also applies when a broker has placed an apartment offer in a newspaper. However, you will only need to pay a broker's commission should you actually sign the corresponding rent contract. German law prohibits brokers from charging commissions higher than two months' rent (not including ancillary costs, plus value-added tax).
If you're looking for an apartment in or around Karlsruhe, you can also contact the city's housing society, Volkswohnung GmbH:
Telephone: +49 (0)721 35 060
And remember, asking around in your circle of friends and colleagues about available apartments is always a good idea!