Step by step to your new home share

Step by step to your new home share

If you want to move into the right apartment, you have to think about a few things at the beginning (Image: Andrina Schmitz).

For some, it is as much a part of their studies as the learning phase at the end of each semester. Others can’t imagine living this way: We are talking about a well-known apartment sharing community, WG for short. Since the dream home share usually cannot be found overnight, in this article you will learn what steps are necessary and where it pays to invest a little more time.

Before you start your search, it’s worth taking a moment to think about what your ideal apartment share should look like. Forms of cohabitation are as diverse as the number of shares in apartments. Is it to be a purely functional housing share to save money or are there joint activities as well?

In order not to search for a room randomly on the Internet, it is best to think about the following points in advance:

  • budget
  • Number of roommates
  • Room size, location of the apartment (in the center, on the outskirts, in nature, etc.)
  • Age and occupation of roommates.

Some things can certainly be arranged or overlooked, others are simply a necessity. If you know which points fall into which category for you, you can narrow down your room search right from the start.

“Hello, I would like to move in with you.”

To avoid getting stressed before the semester starts, you should start your search for an equal share early. Most rooms are advertised one to three months before the move-in date. If commuting is not an option as a temporary solution, it is advisable to start looking a little earlier.

On such online portals Unimarkt, Flatfox or wgzimmer.ch available rooms are advertised daily. However, an application is usually required to inspect the apartment. It doesn’t have to be a novel, but it gives an impression of who you are and what you do. Depending on the situation, you can go to the information in the ad or mention something about how you imagine living in the apartment (doing a lot together, everyone on their own, or a mix of both). Like I said: Just a few sentences. Many applicants usually respond to an ad, so you don’t want to read long emails from interested parties.

WG Casting: Be yourself!

If you are invited to a WG casting, you are one step closer to your dream room. Here it is decided whether you will move into the apartment share and whether you would like to live there. Ideally, you should visit the shared apartment in person. Alternatively, however, videocasting is also possible (e.g. if you live further away). Regardless of the circumstances under which you become acquainted with the apartment share: be yourself, give others a chance to get to know you, and be sure to ask if you want to know more about the living situation.

A few topics to address include party habits, cleaning schedule, relationships with neighbors, and grocery shopping. After a day or two, you as an applicant can decide whether the room is for you or not and contact the apartment share again accordingly. You will soon find out how the share of the apartment was decided.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out right away, and sometimes you’ll encounter rejection. But don’t hang your head now! Finding an equal share can be time-consuming and energy-consuming, but that’s okay if you start looking early. Eventually it should be right for everyone and sometimes it takes a few tries. A double portion of patience and then it will work out with the dream apartment share.

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As a non-profit organization, the Association for Student Housing (Wow) affordable housing for young people in training since 1970. The association rents various apartments or entire houses and rents them out room by room to people studying at some of the public educational institutions in northwestern Switzerland. For a registration fee of CHF 30, you will receive a list of available rooms. Whether furnished or unfurnished, WoVe offers you a variety of living options in Basel.

Andrea Schmitz

During her stay abroad in Colombia, Andrina realized that politics is not as boring as she thought. Since then, discussions of current affairs have been as much a part of her daily life as dark chocolate and grapefruit juice. When she’s not working out, eating cold pasta, or shopping for new plants, she’s probably just had enough of city life and has taken to the mountains to find a balance between rhododendrons and ibex.

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