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 German wide holidays like Eastern. The hostels are less anonymous than a hotel room and a good place too 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
- Wunderflats 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 website for classified ads in Germany. Tip: Search for Untermiete.
www.craigslist.de is reportedly often used for scams source so we do not recommend to use Craigslist for your flat search.
Some useful vocabulary which you find 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 it. A registration is handy for non Germans in order to proof 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.
You prefer to look for a long term rental? We have a guide for searching a long term rental in Berlin.