ausmerican provided this useful information 9 years, 7 months ago:

Current Housing Waiting List Times

Just found this information, which is updated on the 1st and 15th of each month....apparently. The current waiting list is from 1st April. There is a lot of useful information on the page though. Hope this helps those who need to know.

http://www.ramstein.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet_print.asp?fsID=13945&page=1



Abbie
9 years, 6 months ago

Thanks that is awesome info to have on hand. We are on the waiting list for housing and being able to check where we are on the list without having to go into the housing office is great!

9 years, 5 months ago

when can you apply for on base houseing ? we are getting there aug 2 and just wanted to see what i can do

9 years, 5 months ago

Quote by rain05:
when can you apply for on base houseing ? we are getting there aug 2 and just wanted to see what i can do


Check this.

To be honest, living off base is so much nicer. I know a lot of people like the security blanket of being on base, but being off base is great. Nicer homes. Larger homes. Quiet neighborhoods. Fenced yards for the kids to play.

You can get close enough to base that it only takes 10 minutes to get to it.

I have no option to be on base, and even if it was offered, I would not want it.

I have been in several different floor plans on base. They are all too small for my taste.

Just another opinion to consider.

9 years, 5 months ago

Once you have orders and you know your arrival date to the gaining location, you can submit an application for housing 30 days prior to arrival. Of course, taking into consideration the waiting list for rank and family structure, the timeframe may be anywhere from one month to a year or more. Many people prefer to live on base to be close to facilities and sporting activities etc, while others prefer to experience living off base to immerse themselves in the culture. Some people also switch between the two options for their own reasons. It is important to remember that if the waiting list is long, you may opt to live off base while remaining on the waiting list, you then have the option of moving on to base if a house that suits you, becomes available.

Unless you have lived in a full military community prior to coming here, it is hard to fully appreciate the pros and cons. We lived on base at our two bases prior to arriving here years ago (Elmendorf and Dyess AFB) and we had no option but to live off base when we arrived. Due to the fact that we liked the school district we were in, as it was smaller than the other two options, we chose to spend our entire time here, in a large german village.

Best of luck to you, whatever you decide to do.

9 years, 5 months ago

ya were at Dyess right now and we used to live on base but the rattle snakes and scorpions wernt my thing. But there were a few people here saying how expensive the utilities were so my biggest worry is that i guess

9 years, 5 months ago

We lived on Dyess for four years and never saw snakes or scorpions...lol. Utilities are very very expensive, but you do get an allowance and if you are careful you can manage it. You just have to remember that you are not in the USA anymore and watch your consumption.

9 years, 5 months ago

I live in a 5 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom house and have never come close to being at my allowance. Just don't be wasteful and you'll be good.

9 years, 5 months ago

we lived in the older houses off of washington loop... thanks for the info ill tell the hubby not to put in for base housing.

9 years, 5 months ago

Quote by rain05:
we lived in the older houses off of washington loop... thanks for the info ill tell the hubby not to put in for base housing.


You will be very happy with that decision. House hunting is going to be frustrating, but you'd have to do it either way since base housing is not available right away.

Take your time, find a house you really like, in a neighborhood that you really like and your stay here will be incredible.

9 years, 5 months ago

I was hoping to get one in k town but looking at the houses on ahrn there are a lot in different towns that are really nice. I just dont know what towns are nice and which ones to stay away from

9 years, 5 months ago

My suggestion is to get one that is as close to being mid-way between Ramstein and Vogelweh as possible. That way you don't have to do a lot of driving to get to either. We live out in the boondocks compared to other places. It feels like it takes forever just to get to Ramstein. In reality, it is only 20 minutes, but it just feel longer because of the location. Regardless, it is really great here. We've got nice friends who are our neighbors, there are a lot of kids around, and I feel safe leaving the door unlocked.

There are no "unsafe" neighborhoods, so there is really no place that you have to stay away from.

Since you have kids, find a nice quiet street where they can go out and play without you worrying. I live on a street that gets no traffic other than residents. At home, in The U.S., it was a constant battle making sure the kids were safe. Here, they just come and go at their leisure and we never have to worry.

It is kind of cliche, but it is like living in Mayberry.

9 years, 5 months ago

Quote by JOFTAA:
I live in a 5 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom house and have never come close to being at my allowance. Just don't be wasteful and you'll be good.


Your allowance is a lot higher than the military receives, unless they are Officers. This applies to housing and utilities. I nearly fell off my chair when I started working at the school and found out how much teachers get.

Quote by rain05:
we lived in the older houses off of washington loop... thanks for the info ill tell the hubby not to put in for base housing.


Initially (2004) we lived on Maine, which ran off the main drag of housing, in the really really old 1950's houses. Then when they tore them down, they moved us into the brand new 'stand alone' houses (we lived in Connecticut Court) and it was lovely. I remember the old Washington Loop one's though, we had friends who lived in those.

9 years, 5 months ago

on the ahrn web site i put k town as my area so the other towns that are listed are they near the k town area? i tried looking on the map and couldnt find some of them

9 years, 5 months ago

Try Otterberg, Otterbach, Weilerbach, Mackenbach, Rodenbach.....just to name a few.

9 years, 5 months ago

I had no idea that our allowance was different. Call me crazy, but why should it matter what job you are doing in regard to the allowance you get? Utilities cost the same for everyone. Shouldn't we all be able to afford the utilities without having to worry?

Having said that, regardless of our allowance, we don't even come close to using it. We use less than €200 per month for power, and about €50 for gas. What is the allowance for military? I am sure that varies depending on rank, etc.

Either way, the allowance should be based on what is considered normal consumption for the size of the home and number of people living in it. Not on rank or job position. I am a dreamer, I suppose.

Regarding villages to live in, this will help you in regard to knowing which school your kids will attend based on where you live.

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