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Temporary housing in Berlin

Temporary housing in Berlin

As the German capital, Berlin hasn’t just played an important political and historical role—the city of 3.4 million has also been flourishing as an international business hub. In addition to many established companies in Berlin, startups are popping up regularly, strengthening the economic sector with innovative ideas. Berlin’s creative scene is also known throughout Europe and attracts young people in particular, which has made Berlin a vibrant, diverse and growing metropolis. Due to the strong influx and popularity of Berlin, the demand for housing is enormous. In addition, many people come from outside the city to work in Berlin, which is why there is also an increased need for commuter flats.

Moving to Berlin as an expat? Then read our practical Expat Guide Berlin.

Furnished apartments in Berlin

Furnished apartments in Berlin

Staying in Berlin with family

Staying in Berlin with family

Popular neighbourhoods in Berlin

In the last few years, numerous trendy districts have emerged in Berlin—all of which benefit equally from the high demand. Especially popular are the districts Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Pankow, Wilmersdorf, Friedrichshain, Schöneberg and Tempelhof. Each district is in high demand with specific or multiple target groups, usually based on age group and family status. If you are looking for a temporary apartment in Berlin, you will certainly find a district which suits your interests and needs:

Shopping district Berlin Mitte

Living in Mitte, meaning ‘centre’, means living directly in the city centre. Many of Berlin’s most famous sights and shopping streets are found right in Berlin-Mitte. While the northern end of the district is filled with well-preserved historic architecture, many of the buildings in the South Berlin-Mitte weren’t built until after German reunification. Apartments of all sizes can be found here. Currently, more than 88,000 Berliners live in Berlin-Mitte. The district itself, which is almost synonymous with old Berlin, consists of several informal districts. The western part of the city borders corresponds to the boundaries of the old city wall, which the landmark Brandenburg Gate was also a part of. Many companies, including larger corporations such as Deutsche Bahn AG, are located here—also making Berlin-Mitte the city’s business district.

Live closer to nature in Berlin Wilmersdorf

If you are looking for a temporary flat in Berlin-Wilmersdorf, you will be surrounded by green, but still well-connected. Wilmersdorf is located close to the city-centre in the southwest of Berlin. Thanks to the great transport connections, other districts are easily within reach. Various bus and S-Bahn lines connect Berlin-Wilmersdorf to the rest of Berlin. The Grunewald forest located in Wilmersdorf makes this the greenest district of the city, as it occupies nearly half of the district. The rest is scattered with upscale residential areas. The architecture of the apartments in Berlin-Wilmersdorf consists mainly of well-preserved historical buildings. Especially popular is the Wilhelminian quarter, with its beautiful buildings from the Wilhelminian era. The northern end of the district consists of many local and gastronomic establishments, which offer a lively outing area.

Experience the scene of Berlin-Friedrichshain

Apartments in Berlin-Friedrichshain are in high demand with the young and young-at-heart. Formally a worker and industrial quarter, Friedrichshain has recently become the trendiest district of Berlin. More and more young creatives are heading to Friedrichshain. Thanks to the many restorations and new construction, attractive and modern apartments are available without losing the retro vibe of the former GDR. This retro charm is especially prevalent in the eastern parts of the district. Friedrichshain is made up of many so-called Kiezen, or neighbourhoods. The most popular Kiezen to live in are the Südkiez and the Boxhagener Kiez. In addition to its popularity, Friedrichshain also borders Berlin-Mitte. Business travelers living in Berlin-Friedrichshain will find a lively, young district with great connection to the city centre.

Berlin’s first trendy district: Prenzlauer Berg

Berlin Prenzlauer Berg enjoyed an increasing popularity immediately after the turn of the century. Many young people and artists moved to Prenzlauer Berg due to the formerly low rent rent. This district has developed into a lively and innovative residential area, which is now particularly popular among young families. Due to its growing popularity, the rents in Prenzlauer Berg have also risen, but the demand for apartments remains unbroken. Prenzlauer Berg boasts the largest contiguous historic building district in Germany, 67% of all apartments are old-style buildings. With its immediate proximity to Berlin-Mitte and excellent infrastructure, Prenzlauer Berg offers an ideal stay in the capital city.

The latest popular district: Berlin Neukölln

The border between the district Neukölln and Kreuzberg is also called Kreuzkölln, because Kreuzberg has become very stylish over the years and Neukölln is undergoing a similar change. A former dangerous place to be in, Neukölln has become a scene for artists and multicultural living. Cheap rent prices attracted a lot of students and artists that heavily influenced the district. By now companies have realized that Neukölln is worth investing in, which is why rent prices have slightly risen. If you’re renting an apartment here you can look forward to a multifaceted district. Neukölln also offers a lot of culture. Every day, there are a lot of different events and an active nightlife. People looking for relaxation can also find it here. Neukölln has the Britzer Garden, that even has an animal enclosure, as well as the Körnerpark, which is at the centre of Neukölln. If you’re moving in the area of the Richardsplatz, you can experience a town atmosphere in the middle of the hectic big city. There are many old buildings here that are reminiscent of an earlier Berlin. Neukölln also has a multicultural scene to offer, which is reflected in the many different types of restaurants as well as events.

Multicultural living in Berlin Schöneberg

The former trendy district of Berlin-Schöneberg has become quieter and more dignified. Its past as a multicultural center in Berlin is still visible and tangible around every corner. Various gastronomic establishments from all over the world, residents with different backgrounds and a colorful entertainment program make Schöneberg an attractive place to live. The rent and architecture of the houses vary from Kiez to Kiez, which consist of historical buildings as well as new construction. Due to its central location, all important and interesting places in Berlin are within easy reach. Berlin Schöneberg is a particularly child-friendly and family-friendly district, as there are many kindergartens, primary schools and leisure facilities.

Outside, but still in the city: Berlin Tempelhof

For many, the district of Tempelhof is synonymous with Tempelhofer Feld, the former airport runways turned city park. This unique feature offers wide open spaces for leisure activities such as sports, cycling, walking, or picnicking. Along with the new recreational area, Tempelhof has developed into a quiet and attractive residential district, where the rents are still comparatively favorable. Nevertheless, Berlin-Tempelhof is centrally located and well connected to the public transport networks. Here, many different cultures meet, creating a wide range of excellent events and culinary experiences. This is complemented by the popular shopping street Tempelhofer Damm. Temporary accommodation in Berlin-Tempelhof is especially suitable for those who wish to live near the excitement of the urban centre, but prefer a quieter environment.

Living in Berlin

Berlin’s public transportation

Berlin has a well-developed public transport network of regional, suburban and underground railways and well as numerous bus lines and trams. Over 3,100 stops connect the city, making Berlin easy to navigate without a car. The ticket prices are between 1.60 and 3.30 Euro, which is average for a German city.

Connection to other cities and countries

With its Tegel and Schönefeld airports, the capital city is connected internationally. Berliners also benefit from the city’s well-developed road network. With a total length of 5,400 km, these roads run throughout the city and connect Berlin with the surrounding countryside.

Carsharing

Instead of owning or leasing their own car many residents prefer CarSharing. In Berlin there are various providers of car-sharing services at fair prices.

The well-known sights to see

Due to its history and the cultivated cultural scene, Berlin has many sights that you should not miss on a business trip. The classic Berlin sights such as the television tower, the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the Siegessäule or the East Side Gallery, are known all over the world.

Hip Berlin

Each neighbourhood has its own charm. Districts like Friedrichshain, Prenzlauer Berg or Kreuzberg have experienced a strong influx of young, creative, and innovative residents in the past years. There is no shortage of galleries, exciting gastronomy or concept stores in these districts.

Central—Mitte

To not miss the main highlights of the city, it is a must to begin in Mitte. Most of the politically and historically relevant buildings are found in this central neighbourhood. The government district is worth a visit, but also the famous Checkpoint Charlie is a staple in Berlin’s tourism scene.

Discover the city by foot

An unusual way to do so is to take the jogging sightseeing tour through Berlin-Mitte. Besides the usual jogging, a guide leads your through the main sights and stations on the route. One of the more unique tours is a guided culinary tour, where you can try the various international dishes that can be found in Berlin.

The city from below

History fans will also get their money’s worth. An extraordinary tour is through the Berlin underground. Both discarded subway stations, as well as abandoned bunkers from the war period are presented as part of a guided tour.

Art and Culture

Berlin is not only steeped in history but also has a fascinating arts and cultural scene. In addition to classical museums, the street art scene is strongly represented in Berlin. There are several street art tours through Berlin offered.

Informative Websites

http://www.berlin.de/en/
The official website of the city and the state of Berlin, the state government and subordinate districts and authorities as well as important information for you as a citizen.

http://www.visitberlin.de/en
Provides information on tourism through packages and tickets for your trip to Berlin, attractions, events and museums.

http://www.movingto-berlin.com/carsharing/
Here is a list of all CarSharing providers from Berlin.

http://www.berlin-airport.de/en/
In addition to the app, you will also find all information and times of the airports Berlin-Tegel (TXL) and Berlin-Schönefeld (SXF).

http://www.messe-berlin.de/en/
The Berlin fair is one of the most important. All information, dates and offers can be found here.

https://www.zipjet.de/en/berlin
ZipJet is Berlin’s mobile cleaning and laundry service with free pick-up and delivery. Exclusively for Homelike guests, we offer you 5€ discount on your first ZipJet order with the code HOMELIKE.

Useful Apps

BVG App – Android and iPhone
The BVG is the Berlin transport company and provides on its app all traffic connections in Livetime for Berlin and Brandenburg. Book your ticket through the BVG app.

Berlin City Guide App – Android and iPhone
Here is a Berlin offline map, tips on the “Places to be” of the city and sights, restaurants, etc. In addition, e.g. Book tours directly through the app.

Taxi Berlin App – Android and iPhone
You can call your taxi in Berlin with two clicks via a smartphone or tablet.

Berlin Airport App – Android and iPhone
The official app Berlin Airport provides information about all flights and services of the two airports Berlin-Schönefeld (SXF) and Berlin-Tegel (TXL).

Delivery Berlin App – Android and iPhone
Order to the office or even to your home, at any time.

 Register an address in Berlin

General

Basically, it is to be assumed the city you work in is also your main residence. Only if you have a shared apartment with a spouse or registered partner in another city, you can keep it as a main apartment. You can register in person or by an authorized representative at one of the Registrations Offices. Registration is free and, as a rule, the application is processed immediately.

Deadlines

In general, if you move to a city or move within a city, you must report to the registration authority within two weeks. If you are only staying in Berlin for a maximum of two months or are in the city for business reasons, are registered with another apartment in Germany and do not stay longer than six months, you do not need to register.
In order to avoid very long waiting times at the office, it is strongly recommended to make an appointment in advance. This can be done online.

Documents for registration

  • German citizens: identity card and / or passport or passport for children
  • Non-German citizens: passport or passport papers
  • If you have multiple dwellings: Supplement to registration form (Beiblatt zur Anmeldung)
  • First-time registration in Berlin: personal identity certificate such as marriage certificate, etc.
  • In case of moving a minor child in the case of divorced parents: Declaration of consent from the other parent
  • For registration by an authorized representative: Power of attorney and application form
  • Confirmation of arrival of the dweller (also known as resident confirmation)
  • Registration form
  • Download all documents and addresses of the authorities: https://service.berlin.de/dienstleistung/120686/

Secondary residence tax

Secondary residence tax must paid by those who hold a secondary home in Berlin for more than one year. However, the tax has to be paid when you move in. A corresponding crediting takes place via the tax declaration, which you are obliged to surrender as a user of a second apartment. At present, the tax is 5% of the net rent (without operating and ancillary costs); from 1.1.2019 it is to be 15%.

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Find all important information about setting up in Berlin here.

Please note that we have compiled all the information with the utmost care, but cannot guarantee it is fully up-to-date due to changing legal regulations, especially for the information on registration formalities. If in doubt, please contact the city’s offices. Thank you.