Berlin is not only the capital and largest city of Germany, but probably also the most diverse one. Contrasts are a natural part of the city: no matter if you want kebab, currywurst, vegan or luxury restaurants, the pub around the corner, discotheques where you can party for days or bars to relax - in Berlin nothing remains to be desired.
Each district reveals something different and everyone in Berlin can find a place to feel comfortable. Whether luxury, alternative, gothic, hipster or multicultural – there is one thing that is most certainly not missing in Berlin: its diversity. Berlin has two centers: Alexanderplatz and the Zoological Garden. But apart from that, each district is set up in a way that one does not really have to leave it. However, from time to time you should do so to not miss the great offers of other districts to widen your horizon. What is really convenient in Berlin: you really do not need a car, you will get around everywhere with public transportation.
In Berlin you will not only reside, but also live and experience the city. No matter if you are looking for a shared flat, a studio or an apartment, we have some useful tips for you.
If you take a look at Berlin’s map today, you will see 12 districts, even though there have been 23 original districts and 96 local areas. The 23 districts were merged together in 2001, but even until today most Berliners rather identify with the 23 original districts. We highlighted some of the most popular districts to live for you:
The local area of Mitte is part of the district of Mitte, which also includes the local areas of Moabit, Hansaviertel, Tiergarten, Wedding and Gesundbrunnen. Here you will find the famous Alexanderplatz (fondly called "Alex" by the locals) as well as the television tower. Typical residents of this rather fancy area of berlin are hipsters and young-designer-lovers. Whether you seek nice clubs, restaurants, trendy bars or designer shops, it is assured that you will never get bored. Highlights of this area include the Hackescher Markt area with Oranienburger Strasse, Monbijou Platz, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße and Torstraße, as well as the area around the Gendarmenmarkt and Friedrichstraße for those who like it more exclusive.
Wedding is one of the underdogs of Berlin and it belongs to the district of Mitte. For many years, it was considered a troublesome area of Berlin. The area developed into a melting pot for immigrants, but today it has become an insider tip for students as it can offer both, cheap rents and living close to the city center. There are also more and more bars and restaurants that make the area more attractive. By now, also an art scene has established itself, which shapes many places here.
Kreuzberg belongs to the district of Friedrichshain and, with its multicultural character, has always been the trendy scene of Berlin. As a result, rents are usually higher in Kreuzberg than in other areas of Berlin. Famous places are the Bergmannkiez, the Görli (Görlitzer Park) and the Wrangelkiez.
Also Friedrichshain belongs to Berlin’s scene. The restaurant and bar area around the Simon-Dach-Straße attracts those who seek to live right in the thick of it and who like to drink a cocktail with friends. Moreover, the squatter scene on Rigaer Straße also made its name in the past. And if you feel like relaxing from time to time, you can simply stroll through the Volkspark Friedrichshain.
Charlottenburg is one of the districts where posh people are no rarity. The Zoological Garden with the Kurfürstendamm and the Savignyplatz as well as the TU Berlin at the Ernst-Reuter-Platz, Grunewald and the Olympiastadion are located in this district. Artists, politicians and diplomats often live here in old buildings with high ceilings and stucco, which gives this district a special charm.
Berlin has certainly no lack of universities with a wide range of study programs. There are countless educational institutions: 6 of them are universities, 36 colleges, 5 art colleges, 1 music college as well as 2 church colleges. For your studies, you will thus definitely be able to find a suitable university.
Uniplaces is creating a trusted brand for students everywhere. We believe in making finding accommodation better. We want students to have a great experience when they book a place, when they move in, and every day that they spend there. At the same time, we're always looking for trustworthy landlords who can help us deliver this great experience. We've moved the whole process of finding, choosing and booking online. It's our way of turning an old-fashioned market upside-down. It's our way of changing the world.
At Uniplaces we make the process of booking an apartment as easy as possible for both tenant and landlord.
That's why we have our own team of professional photographers that verify our properties and pick our landlords carefully in order to save time on viewings: we think it’s old-fashioned and time-consuming.
You can look at forty different apartments on our platform in the same amount of time that it takes to see a room.
The pictures you see here haven’t been photoshopped, so they’ll be really accurate.
If you’ve still got any doubts, we’ll keep the money that you transfer us until 24h after your move-in date.
If something’s not exactly what you saw online, we’ll help you move somewhere else and return your money.
We can only give you the contact details of your landlord after your booking is accepted. But we can guarantee that Uniplaces chooses the landlords it works with very carefully.
Besides, we’ve had students whose favourite part was living with a local!
Landlords and host families can be great city guides, help you out with translations and even become your friends.
As soon as your booking is accepted, you're given the landlord’s contact details. Then, you can discuss all details directly with them, such as when you’ll be moving-in.
Students move in and out at different times, so your flatmates might change during your stay.
It’s a great opportunity to make new friends!
We personally speak to students who we place in Uniplaces apartments and are sure we will find the right place for you as well!
At the bottom of the property page, you have a calendar where you can see the availability of that room/apartment, according to the landlord.
But if you’re still unsure about that we’re happy to help.
Tell us your move-in and move-out dates and we will double-check if the place is available for you!
There are two different types of deposits: the Holding and Security deposits.
By clicking on “Deposit” at the bottom of the offer page you will get more information about each type of deposit.
In general, the deposit is paid to cover for any potential damages that may occur during your period of stay or will be used as rent compensation in case you leave earlier than originally planned.
If no damages occur and you leave on the agreed move-out date, your deposit should be refunded by the landlord in a way you both agree on.