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Finding Accommodation

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.

Apartment rental

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.:

Furnished apartments can also be available in the form of vacation flats (Ferienwohnungen):

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.

Exberliner (Berlin guide in English)

WG gesucht (shared flats search)

Studenten-WG (shared flats search)

Temporary accomodation

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.

Hotels can be found through websites like Expedia, or HRS. Hotels in walking distance to the university are:

Youth hostels are a cheaper alternative and can be found on sites like Hostelworld . 

Your reference person

Help Desk

Patrycja Delong
Phone: +49 30 374 374 0