What is a WG? (Flat sharing community) You share not only your house, kitchen and bathroom but also your life. WG (Wohngemeinschaft)flat sharing community, means you live like a small family together in one flat. You have to be considerate of the other people in your flat – - cook together - clean together - party together - be quiet when someone needs to study or sleep and - be their friend
Limited Time Contracts But – be careful: If you have a limited rent contract, for example for one year, you often cannot cancel this contract before the end of the rental period! Please be very careful before signing limited contracts! Do not sign a limited long term contract as it does not allow you to move out before a certain period of time (which could be 3 years!).
Cancellation Period for Unlimited Contracts You cannot move out from one day to the next. You must give written notice! If you have an unlimited contract, you have to tell the landlord that you want to move out three months ahead of time (2 months if you live in a student dorm). By German rental law this cancellation period (Kündigungsfrist) is usually 3 months – even if it is not written in your contract. You have to cancel your contract by writing a letter, not with phone call. These letters are only valid with your signature. We recommend cancelling your room with a registered letter (Einschreiben) that you send from the post office. You will then have written proof that the landlord got the letter. Read your contract for the cancelling restrictions. For example: some contracts only let you cancel at the end of the month. If you dont cancel your contract correctly, you might have to pay rent on 2 rooms at the same time.
Where should you look for private rooms and apartments (flats)? Notice Boards You can also post your own advertisement on the board by Fachschaft in 00A05. Advertisements in local newspapers, magazines, in local shops and supermarkets, eg. Real in Jülich. Internet Real Estate Agency (Immobilien firma)
Where should you look for rooms? The best place to find rooms is through advertisements in local newspapers and magazines. Most useful: Super Sonntag and Jülicher Woche are available on Sundays and Wednesdays free of charge www.supersonntag.dewww.supersonntag.de and www.hs-woche.dewww.hs-woche.de Read the advertisement sections, on Wednesday and Saturdays, in the local newspapers Jülicher Nachrichten or Jülicher Zeitung www.aachener-zeitung.de