- With Aufenthaltsgestattung and Duldung
If you no longer have to live in the GU, you will move to the subsequent accomodation. You can now look for a private appartment. If you cannot afford the rent, the Sozialamt will pay. The Sozialamt pays only a small amount. If the appartment costs more, you will not be allowed to move in. Ask social services, how much the appartment is allowed to cost. You are only allowed to look for an appartment in your own district. If you cannot find an appartment of your own, the Sozialamt will provide you with accomodation. You will get a letter telling you which municipality you are to move to. There, you will get a room in subsequent accomodation. If you are not happy with this decision, you can make an objection. Ask an advice office.
- Moving to a different district
If you do not yet have an Aufenthaltserlaubnis, you are only allowed to live in the district (Landkreis) where you lived after your transfer from the EA. If you want to live in another district, you have to make an application to the immigration authority (Ausländerbehörde). This application is called an Umverteilungs-Antrag. You have to give reasons why you want to move. This application is often rejected. If your nuclear family (Kern-Familie) is living in a different district, the application is often approved. Ask an advice office.
- with an Aufenthaltserlaubnis
You can look for an appartment of your own. If you cannot pay the rent yourself, the JobCenter will pay. The JobCenter pays only a small amount of money. If the appartment is more expensive, you cannot move in there. Ask social services or the migration advice office, how much the appartment is allowed to cost. You will often be given a residence obligation for a municipality. This means that you have to live in a certain town. Before you are given the residence obligation, you have to be asked if there is any reason why you should not be made to live in this specific town. A reason would be, if this town was bad for your integration. It may be that you are only asked in the form of a letter. Ask a migration advice office for assistance in presenting your reasons.
If you want to move to a different municipality, this is only possible in some cases. To do this, you have to apply to the immigration authority. Ask a migration advice office, when you are allowed to move.
You can also apply for a housing certificate (Wohn-Berechtigungsschein) for less expensive social housing.