Living in Berlin as a student – 5 Helpful tips

Berlin is a very popular city for students from all over the world. The mix of an interesting history, reasonable prices and an exciting nightlife convinces many students to choose for the capital of Berlin. If you study in Berlin you also want to find an accommodation here. In this article we focused on 5 helpful tips for living in Berlin as a student.

#1: Choose the right district for you

Berlin is separated into 12 districts and these districts are divided into 96 smaller area’s. Choosing the right district to live is one of the most important things you need to decide before living in Berlin. Do you want to live in a crowded area with many bars and restaurants and clubs? Then Neukölln, Kreuzberg or Friedrichshain are great districts. If you like your quiet and want the nature to be close you can stay in Treptow, Lichtenberg or Pankow.

Klunkerkranich Open Air Berlin
Klunkerkranich in Neukölln (© klunkerkranich.org)

#2: Evaluate your daily travel

Besides the factors mentioned above the location of your university is probably the most important criteria when deciding where you should be living in Berlin. Most of the students will have to travel to their university almost every day so you can save a lot of time if you live close by. If you cannot live very close by (see #3) you should try to find an apartment which is not far from a S- or U-Bahn station. The public transport in Berlin is great and maybe you can find a direct line to your university which still enables you to get there within a reasonable time.

The S and U Bahn in Berlin
The S and U Bahn in Berlin

#3: Start searching early

If there is one thing I learned in the last couple of years in Berlin, it is that finding accommodation is not that easy. Do not start searching for an apartment a few weeks before the semester starts: You might end up living in a hostel for quite some time before finding your own place. Lucky enough we live in times where you can very easily compare accommodations on the internet. A website which has a separate section for student-apartments is HousingAnywhere. If you start searching early you can be patient and compare the options with each other, this will be beneficial for your wallet and life in Berlin.

Line for Accommodation in Berlin
A line to check a room in Berlin(© bz-berlin.de)

#4: Consider shared living

The German word for shared living is Wohngesellschaft (shortly WG). Living with other students can be a great way to get to know new people and if you are lucky they become friends for life. If you want to learn the German language you can consciously decide to live together with German people. From my own experience this is one of the best ways to learn a new language without investing a lot of money or time.

Hopefully these tips will help you when you are about to live in Berlin to study. If you have any questions you can always reach out to us.

The author: Job

My Name is Job and originally from the Netherlands. In 2012, a girl I met in Australia motivated me to move to Berlin. I love to share the best places, activities and events in Berlin with you on my blog.
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