Oh, München

It has been 3 months since we moved and with the Internet finally installed you can say we’re finally settled.

Whew, Munich. Probably the first big struggle we had in our married life so far. My move to India was so relaxed, probably because one of us lived there and our countries are very similar. Where we come from, as long as you have the cash (basically anyone who has a job above the minimum wage) you can do anything possible with it. But boy, Munich doesn’t play around, you gotta be more than that. Everyone can get the cash, you have to be way creative to stand out.

Obviously, I’m talking about the desperate housing situation.

Just in case you’re wondering, Munich is pretty notorious for its housing situation. Everyone, locals and expats, will struggle to find their home here. I would blame it to its high standard of living, where landlords are expected to provide a great unit and any small mistake can cost them a lot. They say if you sign a contract, it is almost impossible for the landlord to kick you out. Munich also likes to keep its open spaces and maintain a 5-storey limit in some areas (basically those that might block the view of the Alps).

For 2 months I woke up every day to multiple rejection e-mails way more than my sanity can handle. It put us in a legit crisis. Back in our home countries, we are more than capable to fulfill our needs and now we’re struggling to find something as basic as a home?

After sending our 800th flat application (yep, I kept a screenshot, it is exactly 800 flat applications sent), I got a call from a broker that the landlord approved of us. It’s expensive, it’s small but as my husband and I like to say, in Munich, you don’t choose the flat, the flat chooses you.

It is pure luck here even for Germans. It’s a miracle if you are totally new in Germany and doesn’t know German yet. Actually, there’s a small hack, there will be less competition if you go for above EUR 1200/month. If you can afford, why not.

Anyway, in Munich, there’s not really a bad area. All flats are usually very well-maintained. All of the flats we’ve seen are always newly renovated/repainted/will be and the areas/apartment complex are all very nice. I’ve never seen a place where I felt I’ll be mugged. There’s a good transportation connectivity everywhere that you’ll probably just commute via public transport in an hour. So really for Asians like us, we would be happy to live anywhere, just not in the basement.

One struggle done, thank you, next.