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Housing

In Bremen the demand for apartments and furnished rooms is high and especially during the summer months hunting for housing can turn into a real challenge. Therefore, it is best to start looking for a place as soon as possible. On the following page we have listed different options to look into depending on the length and purpose of your stay and your personal preferences.

For short visits it's usually best to check into a Hotel, for longer stays you might want a furnished room or apartment and for long and permanent moves to Bremen finding an unfurnished apartment will be the easiest.

The central question that immediately comes up when you are looking for apartments is: "Which district or quarter in Bremen should I move to? In order to support you in this, we offer you a small overview of the city and local districts of Bremen. The University of Bremen is located in the city district Horn-Lehe, the position of each city district can be seen in the attached picture.

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Furnished

Furnished rooms and apartments are especially suitable for everyone staying for about 3 months or in special cases longer than that. Furnished options are rare on the overall housing market in Bremen but guesthouses, student accommodation and online platforms are worth looking into.

Unfurnished

In Germany the majority of apartments are rented out unfurnished. If you are planning to stay longer than 3 months or are looking for a place to decorate to your liking you can find all relevant resources in the following overview

Hotels

For a visit to Bremen it is usually most comfortable to check into a Hotel, Hostel or Airbnb. We have collected some popular options near campus, in the city center and the wider city area

Schufa-Auskunft for internationals

The search for an apartment can be challenging and a great administrative effort. Tenants must be able to present various documents: Among other things landlords almost always ask for a so-called Schufa-Auskunft.

 

What is SCHUFA and what does a Schufa-Auskunft say?

The SCHUFA ("Schutzgemeinschaft für allgemeine Kreditsicherung") is the largest provider of information on the creditworthiness of private individuals in Germany. Through the Schufa-Auskunft banks, companies and also landlords can check whether a customer or prospective tenant reliably meets payment requests and is also solvent in the future.

The so-called Schufa self-disclosure/ Schufa-Selbstauskunft, with detailed information on all business transactions can be requested free of charge.

The Schufa credit report/ Schufa-Bonitätsauskunft, which you need to present to the landlord, on the other hand costs 30€. The Schufa-Auskunft also lists your credit score, which is the best at 100 percent.

 

How to obtain a Schufa-Auskunft?

To obtain a Schufa-Auskunft a form must be submitted. This can either be filled out directly online or requested from SCHUFA online or by phone. The form will then be sent to you by mail and must then be returned to SCHUFA Holding AG including a copy of your passport and certificate of registration. After a few days you will then receive the Schufa information by mail.

 

Looking for an apartment without the Schufa-Auskunft?

You can only receive a Schufa-Auskunft if you have been living in Germany for a longer period and have opened a bank account in Germany. Since there is nothing comparable to a Schufa report in most other countries, it is sometimes more difficult for non-Germans to prove that they are solvent. In order to prove solvency even without a Schufa-Auskunft, it is possible to submit a reference letter from your bank abroad or from a German bank account. Another option is a so called Bürgschaft. In this case, a person agrees to be liable for you in the event of a default in payment.