You should give yourself enough time to find a flat or a house in Germany. Especially in large and popular (university) cities like Munich and Hamburg it is important to begin searching for accommodation early on. Particularly if you are entering the country with your family, you should begin looking for accommodation before your arrival.
Guesthouses or furnished rooms
At some universities there are guesthouses for international visiting researchers. As there is huge demand for accommodation in these guesthouses you should make enquires at the earliest opportunity. Private guesthouses, boarding houses or furnished rooms offer a good alternative. Universities or individual institutes often already have contacts and may be able to help you find something suitable.
You will need more time if you are looking for a flat or house to rent. Finding suitable accomodation can take several weeks, especially in metropolitan areas and large cities. As a rule, the weekend editions of regional daily newspapers have a large real-estate section that advertises offers on the local housing market. Posting your own “accommodation wanted” ad can frequently be successful.
The Internet offers a large number of search options. There are a whole series of websites that facilitate targeted searches for rented flats and houses or furnished rooms according to different criteria. As a rule, however, these services are only available in German.
Advice and information on finding accommodation is also offered on the website of the advisory centre for internationally mobile researchers EURAXESS.