Several options are available to you to find your new home in Berlin. In any case, we would recommend seeking an apartment in the Charlottenburg or Tiergarten districts close to the university and to pay attention that your future residence is close to a public transportation stop (preferably a station of the U2 subway). While rates in the Eastern districts can be slightly cheaper and nightlife is more prominent, the long travel distance can be cumbersome.
In comparison to cities in Western Germany or other central European capitals, Berlin has relatively low rental rates, even in districts in proximity to the university.
There are various websites listing apartment advertisements, such
It is also possible to search the postings of various real estate companies, f. e.:
General advice on housing
Obviously, it is advisable that you visit and physically inspect any apartment before signing a contract. Also, landlords usually obscure total accommodation costs by expressing their fees either by the German words Kaltmiete (plain rental fee) and Warmmiete (utility costs included, except electricity). If you are negotiating with a real estate agent instead of directly with the landlord, the former commonly charges a commission before contract signing.
In either case, landlords will require a security deposit, commonly 2-3 monthly rents in advance. For foreign applicants, some landlords also require proof of income, such as proof of funds for three monthly rents. Furthermore, liability insurance might also be required. According to German law, landlords are not allowed to access security deposits and have to provide interest upon pay back.
If you cannot inspect a desired apartment in person, you would have to entitle a proxy to realize the rental agreement for you.
Living together with suitemates
Sometimes students can find roommates to share an apartment or house together. Students usually establish such contacts on their own, or through networks such as student associations (by origin country, by field of study, etc.), or through interest groups (such as by religion) or even stay at friends and family in Berlin.
In order to facilitate an less overburdened transition and acclimation to life in Berlin, it might be advisable to you to initially stay in a hotel or youth hostel.
- Hotel Carmer
- Comfort Hotel an der Oper
- Hotel Heidelberg
- Hotel Gates Berlin
- Hotel Novotel Am Tiergarten
- Hotel Otto
- http://www.hotel-carmer16.de/index.php?lang=1&menu=0&umenu=0Pension Brinn
Youth hostels are a cheaper alternative and can be found on sites like Hostelworld .