There are several options to find a place to live after arriving in Berlin. We have a separate guide for hunting a long-term rental flat. This guide is for you if you just arrived in Berlin.
The first days and weeks in Berlin
- Berlin has some nice hostels where you can stay the first days or weeks. Book in advance for the summer holidays and any Germany-wide holidays like Eastern. The hostels are less anonymous than a hotel room and a good place to meet people.
- You probably heard of AirBnB for furnished flats.
- Wimdu has over 11.000 furnished flats in Berlin.
The first weeks and months in Berlin
- *Smartments offers short-term rentals for days, weeks or months.
- *Homelike rents furnished flats in Berlin and offer a 100% online service. You can filter for pet-friendly apartments.
- Wunderflats also rents furnished apartments and offers a landlord's confirmation of residence (Wohnungsgeberbestätigung) which you need to register in Berlin (Anmeldung) as a service for some of their listed apartments.
- Uniplaces offers shared apartments with private rooms in Berlin.
- Ebay-kleinanzeigen.de – this is one of the biggest websites for classified ads in Germany. Tip: Search for Untermiete.
www.craigslist.de is reportedly often used for scams source so we do not recommend using Craigslist for your flat search.
Some useful vocabulary in ads
- Untermiete: Sublet – many people in Berlin sublet rooms or entire apartments. This is done because tenants need to make extra money or because people want to have the experience to share a flat with many people they can hang around with.
Important: you need the permission of the owner in order to officially register (Anmeldung) an address. You often need the registration in order to open a bank account. German passports have the address printed on them. A registration is handy for non-Germans in order to prove that they have an official address and I recommend having a copy of it in your wallet.
- Wohngemeinschaft or WG: Shared apartments: – can be anything from communities with a set of ethics and rules and a political agenda to people in need of money who rent out a room but where you rarely ever see your flatmate.
Do you prefer to look for a long-term rental? We have a guide for searching for a long-term rental in Berlin.