Glossary of Accommodation Terms

Useful German vocabulary for finding accommodation

Apartment – Wohnung
Shared apartment – Wohngemeinschaft or WG
Room – Zimmer
3 room apartment – Drei Zimmer Wohnung
To rent – mieten
Rent – Miete
Total rent – Gesamtmiete
Monthly rent – Monatsmiete
Utility charges – Nebenkosten
Charges included – “Warm” (warm)
Charges not included – “Kalt” (cold)
Deposit – Kaution
Notice of departure – Kundigungsfrist
Extra charge for appliances left by previous tenant - Ablöse
Agency fee – Provision
Furnished – möblierte
Unfurnished – unmöblierte
Floor space – Wohnfläche
Square metres – m2
Contract – Vertrag
Rental Contract – Mietvertrag
No time limit – unbefristet
Time limit – befristet
Floor – Stock or Stockwerk
Apartment number – Tür (door)
Available – Verfügbar
Availability – Verfügbarkeit
Ad – Anzeige
Student residence - Studentenheim (not recommended for sharing an apartment!)
Bezirk – district

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