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I'm being temporarily located in Bochum, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany for one month, for a work project.

My accommodation will be paid for by the company. I have the options of either booking a hotel for a month, or trying to find a house or apartment for short-term accommodation.

Spending a month in a hotel will drive me nuts. What's the best way to find a house or apartment for such a short period of time, and is this generally even possible?

The specific period of time is all of the coming February, so it's quite short-notice too.

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    Since your company will pay for the rent: Do you need a proper receipt suitable for accounting? If so, many of the private offers (subletting, etc) may be out of scope. What exactly do you miss in a hotel, which you expect to find in an apartment? – Tor-Einar Jarnbjo Jan 13 at 21:31
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    booking.com alone finds about 50 appartment rentals in the area around Bochum, which are available the entire month of February. – Tor-Einar Jarnbjo Jan 13 at 21:36
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You have a couple of options:

  • Look at a meta-search engine such as Trivago.de -- They also have some non-hotels in their database
  • Look on AirBNB. While the legality is sometimes questionable in Germany, that's not the problem of the renter.
  • Look for vacation rentals. While Bochum is not exactly a place for vacation, there may be some nearby. Search engines such as Wimdu.de could be a starting point.
  • Perhaps you may have a look at wg-gesucht.de -- This website is often used by students for offering rooms in flat-share communities for sub-letting while they are away (e.g., on an internship). Knowledge of German is highly useful there, though, and a month of rental may be too short for many offers.

The classical flat rental market is not what you want. Few landlords will be willing to offer a rental contract for this short time period, and the default style of renting a place in Germany is without furniture. Furnished apartments are quite unusual.

I do not have any connection to any of the mentioned websites (apart from having been a customer).

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    "the default style of renting a place in Germany is without furniture" - not to mention that it's often also without, or with only minimal light fixtures. – O. R. Mapper Jan 13 at 23:48
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If you speak at least a bit of german, or can get someone who does to help you, you can check the following ressources:

Helpful keywords/categories are "möbliert" (ready-furnished) and especially "Wohnen auf Zeit" (living for a limited time, short-term rental). The latter almost always implies the former.

Furthermore, you can try directly typing "Wohnen auf Zeit" and "Bochum" into google (or whatever other general-purpose search engine you prefer), or even only "Wohnen auf Zeit", and enter "Bochum" as the next step into one of the web sites specialized on short-term rentals turned up by the search.

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