Come and live in Berlin
Want to make Berlin your new home and live and work here? We’ll be happy to help by providing you with plenty of important information and insider stories.
Berlin is the place to be. The German capital has everything your heart desires: a low cost of living, affordable rents, and international flair without many of the disadvantages of other big cities. This is what draws thousands of Germans and people from all over the world to the city every year.
Moving to Berlin – What you need to know
The city has 12 districts that have grown together over time. Each district is like its own little city within Berlin, varying in character – from urban and hip to refined and sophisticated. Each district is made up of smaller neighbourhoods, or ‘Kieze’. Mitte, Pankow, Neukölln and Tempelhof offer a big city feeling, while Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Spandau and Treptow-Köpenick are the city’s green oases.
Regardless of which district you choose, Berlin boasts an extensive public transport system and road network, making it fast and convenient to get from A to B.
The districts offer various types of accommodation, from classic rented flats to purchasable homes all the way to city mansions. At the same time, rents in Berlin are lower than in other German and European cities, making living in Berlin even more appealing. Further information on finding a flat can be found at www.talent-berlin.de, including a checklist for applying to rent a flat.
Job hunting in Berlin
The company structures, job opportunities, and work cultures in Berlin are as diverse as the city itself, with everything from startups, mid-sized companies to large corporations. Today there are even many English-speaking jobs. Many companies based in Berlin are global players and regularly look for native English speakers. A lot of jobs in Berlin aren’t officially advertised, but rather promoted and filled via word of mouth. This means it is essential to build a solid network of contacts from the very beginning.
>> Read more: Finding a job in Berlin
Leisure and activities
Berlin offers a wealth of leisure time options. There’s something for everyone, no matter what your interests are. The capital has a large variety of sports associations, free training groups as well as outdoor and indoor sport facilities. Berliners can choose from around 1,200 different public sport complexes.
Lovers of the outdoors are also spoilt for choice – Berlin has 2,500 parks and great forested spaces:
- Volkspark Rehberge
- Volkspark Friedrichshain
- Tegeler Forst
There is also an array of cultural activities on offer as well, with a host of museums, galleries, and palaces. Berlin is home to more than 150 concert houses for operas, musicals, theatre, and symphonies as well as 284 cinemas.