Everybody knows by now that finding mid/long term accommodation in Berlin these days is somewhat of a hassle. The city has been growing fast and there is just no quick fix to the housing shortage. Whether you are coming to Berlin for studying, working or if you simply want to explore the city by living in it for a longer period of time, it makes sense to do your “homework” before packing your bags. Here is an attempt to provide you with ideas and inspiration to help you on your journey towards a less hectic “landing” in Berlin.
Interact and be active on social media affinity groups
Affinity groups on social media are often a great source of information and exchange. Here in Berlin, there are quite a few active ones that might come in handy on your search for the ideal accommodation solution. Make sure to join some of these (or all of them) and keep an active role.
On campus accommodation options
If you happen to be an exchange student, or you are going to University here in Berlin, you might want to consider living on your college campus. Beyond saving on your commute time to school, life on campus will certainly enrich your experience in Berlin. Just the fact that you will get an opportunity to interact and make friends from all over the world should be enough for you to consider this option. Plus there are those notorious college parties and stuff…Here is a list of the Best Universities in Berlin.
Uniplaces is a quick, easy and innovative service for students that takes a fresh approach to booking student accommodation online. It’s fast to book, safe to pay, and let’s you browse through thousands of trusted properties in Europe’s best student cities, like Berlin! All you have to do is to go on their website and consider what kind of a place you want to rent.
Whether you’re planning an extended stay or a permanent move, Nomaden Berlin offers the services and expertise to make you feel right at home.
They not only can help you finding a temporary accommodation, but also provide relocation services. Their packages include: ongoing visa support and visa application guidance; 12 months of admin and relocation email support; job hunting advice and extensive company listings; short to mid-term accommodation listings that includes address registration (Anmeldung), translated documents for admin processes and many other services.
The possibility to proceed the address registration is a huge asset, since the so called Anmeldung is a key administrative step to getting set up in Germany!
In summer 2018, SoWohnt, the market-leading real estate platform for rentals in Denmark, with over 20 years of experience, crossed the Danish border and started operating in the German market.
For Berlin, they offer crawled listings that are checked hourly, so outdated ones get deleted immediately. Besides that, landlords can upload their own listings and tenants can use a map function to find a new home. On their website, you can find flats, shared flats and houses for rent in all of the Berlin’s neighborhoods.
Spotahome is another great booking platform for mid-to-long-term home rentals online. For anyone, regardless of age or professional status. We have used their services before and were very satisfied. They follow a similar business model to online holiday rentals, but instead focus on finding their customers a home for stays of 30 days or longer. They are an 100% online booking platform. We particularly like their apartment videos so there are no surprises when booking!
Apartment rental sources and agencies
If you want to live like a local, the best way to do so is to rent an apartment. Of course, you can live with other people, or by yourself. It is all up to you. There are websites such as WG Gesucht which specialize in shared accommodation search. You can filter it by neighborhood, price range, balcony, garden, etc. If you go for this option, make sure to meet the people you are sharing the apartment with not just once, but a couple of times before you move in. There is nothing worse than having a roommate you do not get along with.
Other popular apartment rental sources you should consider include: Housing Anywhere, Wunderflats, Farawayhome, White Apartments, Hometohome, Nestpick, Immobilienscout24.de, Wohnung-jetzt.de, Suche-neue-wohnung.de, Berlin.de.craigslist.de, Ebay-kleinanzeigen.de.
Last but not least! Reach out to your family and friends (and friends of friends)
Even though it is one of the least probable options on this list, it can be a great option. If by any chance you happen to have family or friends in Berlin, who are willing to take you in for a while, then you are in luck. It is also one of the least costly options. Another advantage is that it can help you better aclimate to the city and explore different neighborhoods before deciding on a place to live. Social media is also a good way to connect to friends of friends!
I hope this was useful in inspiring you to find out more about mid/ long term accommodation options in Berlin. Do your homework and good luck on your accommodation search. Please let us know if you discover additional sources and ideas.
And remember, Berlin is a welcoming and diverse city! Get here with a positive attitude and you will make great friends in no time. For ideas on how to explore the city, including upcoming events, attractions, bars, restaurants, museums, parks, lakes, and more keep checking back on Awesome Berlin.