Living in Berlin

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Searching for accommodation well in advance is recommended

The housing market in Berlin is a lot more relaxed than in many other German cities. Nevertheless, you will need a certain amount of patience to find affordable accommodation that is right for you. You should therefore take care of this well in advance — ideally as soon as you receive your study place.

Student dormitories

  • In the student dormitories of Studierendenwerk Berlin you can either live in a private apartment or share with others. From the Treskowallee Campus you can easily walk to the Aristotelessteig and Sewanstraße dormitories. For all student dormitories the same rule applies: if you are interested in a place, you must register through the residence portal. The waiting lists can be very long.
  • The Bürgermeister-Reuter-Stiftung rents private rooms and apartments for one or two people to students.

Shared accommodation

You can search for shared accommodation (called Wohngemeinschaften or WG for short in German) on WG portals.

Own apartment

  • The best ways to find an apartment are
  • If you only have a low income, you can apply for Wohngeld (housing benefits) and a Wohnberechtigungsschein (document certifying your financial hardship) which will entitle you to inexpensive social housing.