When you arrive in Bremen as a refugee, during your first months you can find accommodation in a “Erstaufnahmeeinrichtung”.
Later you will have the opportunity to look for a flat. Therefore a list of different institutions will help you during your searching process and may give you further information concerning accommodation in Bremen.
In some cases you may also ask financial support to pay your rent. You can find more information about financial support in the category “Finanzen“.
Frequently asked questions
In supermarkets you can often find a “Schwarzes Brett”. That is a wall, where people pin their adverts for rooms or flats that are for rent. Everybody can pin adverts and notes there.
We recommend approaching housing associations such as Gewoba.
The search for a suitable apartment may take longer. Do not give up!
Before you start looking for an apartment, you need to check with the “Jobcenter” or Sozialamt how big and how expensive your apartment may be. Information on this can be found on bremen.de and Bremer Erwerbslosen Verband.
When you will have found a flat, the “Sozialamt” (institution for social services) will pay a part of the rent as well as the “Kaution” (deposit), companionship fees, heating costs and running costs.
To get that financial aid you need to make a request at the “Jobcenter” or the Sozialamt.
The cost of electricity you have to pay yourself. For this you need to sign a contract for the power supply.
The “Kaution” is a financial insurance for the flat owner, that you have to pay when moving in a new flat.
You will be paid back this amount of “Kaution” when moving out of the flat and the flat is in a good state. Normally the Kaution will be the amount of two or three monthly rents.
Find out at the Office for Social Services if there is a possibility to give them a loan.
Read the rental agreement carefully.
If you have any problems or questions you should address yourself to a Beratungsstelle.
Almost every house has a so-called “Hausordnung”, that you agree to when signing your rental agreement.
The Hausordnung consists of different rules for the living together of all occupants. For example, a house rule states whether and how often you must clean the stairwell.
These rules may vary depending on the house you live in but in general you have to respect sleep from 10 pm to 6 am.
When you found a new flat and have a personal adress, you have two weeks time to inform the appropriate Meldebehörde (registry office) in your commune. Ask the flat owner to give you the written confirmation that you will need for the registry office.
Important: Inform the BAMF, the Aliens’ Registration Office, the Job Center and the Social Welfare Office about your move, if you receive benefits from these institutions.
Air your apartment regularly. It is best to open all windows twice a day for five minutes (“Schocklüften”). This will regulate the humidity in your home and prevent mold from forming. Important: Do not dry your laundry in the apartment, but ask your landlord if there is a separate room in the house for this purpose.