Berlin is still an exceptional value in cost-of-living. A monthly income of 700 euros can maintain an individual at bare minimum standards. To live adequately, you should expect to live on about 1,200 euro a month with anything over 2,000 euro a month being quite comfortable. Clothing and electronics are at higher prices than many other locations, but practically everything else (eating out, groceries, etc) are less expensive. Many people who are able to secure full-time employment live like Kings in Berlin.
Research, research, and introspection should define your pre-accommodation search. Familiarize yourself with the different areas of Berlin and find where you want to live. Read blogs from the area, find official resources, visit the different areas. Ask yourself questions like:
How big a place do you want? A studio? A three room flat?
Where do you want to live? Somewhere close to your work? In the trendiest part of town? East or West?
What's your price range?
With answers to these important questions you can begin to think of a specific place.
Short-term accommodation can help you and your family get situated after the move without having to make any permanent decisions quite yet.
Subletting is popular and the best option when you are first planning to arrive in Berlin. There are many on-line sites including:
Known as Wohnung Gemeinschaft and commonly referred to as a WG (pronounced "weh-geh"), flatshares in Berlin can be a bit complicated. In such a social city, personal chemistry is vital and an extensive interview process with all the roommates and a probation period is not uncommon. However, a flatshare is also a great value and can provide an expat with an opportunity to get to know a new city with a local. A room costs about 300-450 euro.
Instead of living in a pokey attic room with huge rent, why not try shared accommodation? Frequently associated with students, sharing is spreading nowadays towards older established workers and covers people from 18 to 49 years old. Without falling into a community style of life such as in the 70's, you can choose to share an accommodation in Berlin for a bigger space, less expense.
Flatsharing is a way to meet more and more followers who choose to break a lonely life, save money or just find an affordable acommodation in a difficult market. This way of life has numerous advantages in term of money, practicality or social life. EASYEXPAT in partnership with EASYROOMMATE number one for flatsharing, offers this service to its users to present all the chances to find the ideal flatmate or to join an existing household.
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An important trait in any roommate situation is having boundaries and a clear understanding of what each roommate requires. To protect yourself against potential problems, make sure to have a contract that explicitly states rights and responsibilities.
Hostels are plentiful in Berlin and generally very inexpensive. They may be called Jugendherbergen, and cater to the young backpacking crowd. They can be quite large (like 32-bed rooms) and raucous. There are also private rooms available, as well as more private boutique hostels. Many hostels have tours that leave directly from their lobby or bar. Prices rise over the summer, and on the weekends. You can pay as little as 8 euros at large hostels on off-times, but expect to pay around 15 euro.