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