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Accommodation in Berlin

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Do you wish to settle in Berlin? Here are some tips to help you find accommodation there.

Berlin, Germany's biggest and capital city, is very conducive to expatriation due to the various opportunities it provides to foreigners wishing to settle there. Berlin not only holds a developed and prosperous economy but also a rich historical and cultural patrimony. This is why it has been attracting thousands of foreigners worldwide year after year. To date, its population amounts to more than 4 million inhabitants in an urban area of about 6 million inhabitants.

Finding accommodation will be one of your priorities if you wish to settle in Berlin. This should not be complicated as the city offers a range of accommodation for all tastes and budgets. But first of all, it is wise to inquire on its different neighborhoods and on the types of accommodation options which are available there.

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Berlin is a world-famous tourist, cultural and artistic city. It hosts more than a hundred museums and libraries, as well as sixty theaters on its own. Berlin is also very popular for its ancient and classical architecture.

Neighborhoods

Berlin is divided into several neighborhoods, including the historical center, the West, the government district, etc. Each of these neighborhoods is distinguished by its particular architecture, ancient buildings and other places of interest. Charlottenburg, for instance, is a lively and sophisticated neighborhood and is especially popular with foreigners. You are likely to find theaters and museums, restaurants, cafes, gardens, there, as well as big boutiques and shopping malls.

Steglitz, which is close to the city center, also hosts huge shopping centers, cafes and several office buildings. Neukölln, located in South-East of Berlin, is nicknamed "Little Istanbul" because of its restaurants and bars where you can enjoy Oriental gourmet dishes. Potsdamer Platz, for its part, is a commercial and business district with huge futuristic shopping malls, shops, restaurants, bars and cafes, etc.

In Prenzlauer Berg, you will also find artists and creative spaces while in Schöneberg you will find splendid art galleries along with outdoor markets, pubs and nightclubs, etc. Moabit, for its part, offers a very friendly atmosphere, with its artists, and many small artisan shops.

If you prefer quieter and more peaceful neighborhoods, you are more likely to appreciate Mitte, which has an abundant cultural and historical heritage thanks to its museums, memorials, as well as the Tiergarten where you can relax with your family. You will also find zoos, parks, a lake, flea markets as well as numerous cafes.

Moreover, Wedding, Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg are other neighborhoods which are going to seduce you with their cultural and artistic wealth.

Rent prices

Berlin has a variety of accommodation options including apartments, studios, rooms, houses, etc. If you make a short trip, you could just rent a hotel room while students can opt for student housing which is the cheapest way to stay there. If you prefer to rent an apartment, note that rent prices will vary according to the type of housing, neighborhood and comfort level.

Hence, you will need an average of 600 euros per month for a single-bedroom apartment in the city center and some 420 euros per month for same in the city outskirts. To rent a three bedroom apartment in the city center, you will need around 1,260 euros. In the outskirts, same will cost an average of 900 euros monthly.

Find accommodation

Internet will definitely be your best tool during your accommodation search in Berlin. This will give you a better idea of the types of housing options available there and of rent prices. You can also check out classified ads in online local newspapers or on their printed versions if you are already on the spot.

Moreover, by registering with a real estate agency, you will have more chances of finding housing according to your criteria. Word-of-mouth may also help if you have a local network.

 Useful links:

Expat.com - Housing offers 
Immowelt www.immowelt.de
Immobilien Scout 24 www.immobilienscout24.de
Immonet www.immonet.de
Booking www.booking.com
Air BnB www.airbnb.com
Oh Berlin www.oh-berlin.com
Home for rent www.homeforrent.de
Only Apartments www.only-apartments.com

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