The border authorities will direct you to government emergency shelters as soon as you arrive in Germany. There you will be given a place to sleep, food and other assistance until you have found somewhere else to stay. Reception centres are located all over Germany.
Many private individuals offer housing in order to provide fast and uncomplicated help for Ukrainian refugees. You can register with one of the following initiatives by providing some basic information about yourself and your needs. Potential hosts in the region where you would like to live can then contact you.
These internet platforms offer inexpensive housing for refugees:
The website booking.com has a special booking tool for people fleeing the war in Ukraine. The tool will help you find free or deeply discounted hotel rooms, holiday flats and other housing.
And the German association of youth hostels, DJH, offers accommodation for refugees in more than 400 youth hostels.
You can find more apartments and hotels here:
If you are looking for short-term housing, you should seek help from official agencies and aid organisations. If you do not feel safe where you are staying, you should leave and find somewhere else to stay.
To protect yourself against human trafficking, never hand over your passport as security for your accommodation, and keep your children with you at all times.
If you notice anything suspicious, or if you are threatened, please call the police on 110.