Living in Berlin

Living in Berlin - What is it's like? 

The decision to seek new opportunities in career and life is talways joined by the question whether the place you have in mind is worth living in for you personally. In the case of Berlin we can definitely give you some reasons, why you should take a closer look.

Quality of life

Fair rental prices, cheaper living costs than in other major European cities, that’s what Berlin is known for. Not to mention the leisure, cultural and educational opportunities that provide the approximately 3.5 million residents with room for personal development.

The capital city is a genuine paradise: green spaces, lakescity parks, spacious streets, short distances, a well-developed transport network, not to mention cheap and quick connections to the surrounding areas and the sea, make Berlin a place with impressive scope.

By the way, did you know that Berlin is the only German city that can cover its drinking water needs with its own groundwater? Whether you want to explore nature or have a cultural or educational experience – Berlin is affordable for practically everyone.

Some comparisons between Living in Berlin, London and San Francisco:


That’s an important issue. The reputation that salaries in Berlin are below the national level is long past. When discussing salary, it is important to note that the cost of living in Berlin is lower than in other European cities. This means that rent, electricity, gas, groceries and everyday expenses are much cheaper. Taking into account the interplay between salary and cost of living, Berlin is on par with the national average in Germany and Europe.

If a company is bound to the Berlin collective agreement regulations, then current collective agreements salary rules apply. If not, then salary is usually freely negotiated and may vary depending on the qualifications, experience and sector.

I don't speak German that well...

Ham and eggs for breakfast, spaghetti aglio e olio for lunch and lahmacun for supper – 186 nationalities and with them their cultures and specialties live in Berlin. German, English, Spanish, Turkish, or Danish – almost every language is spoken here. Berlin is international and has long reached the level of such European metropolises as London and Paris. That is also true for the job market. Speaking German will certainly help you a lot, especially when dealing with the local authorities. However, it is not mandatory or necessary to speak Germanin order to build your career in Berlin.


If you want to take a closer look at Berlin out of a job seeking perspective you can use our talent berlin website. There you will find a lot of information about the city and – most importantly – jobs.

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