The ultimate moving to Berlin guide
Welcome to Berlin, the most exciting city on the planet. When you moved to Berlin, you made the right decision. Berlin hosts an exciting art and nightlife scene and, best of all, it is very affordable to live in. In recent years many artists and young people moved to Berlin, which is what gives the city its unique, edgy vibe.
Before making the decision to move to Berlin, however, there are a lot of things you should consider. This site will help you find useful information about Berlin and aid you in your decision to move to Berlin.
German bank account
The most important thing you need to get is a German bank account. You will find out pretty fast that without a German bank account there is not much you can get.
Landlords will ask for the last 3 bank statements showing your income, mobile phone providers will ask for your bank details during the sign up process and also internet providers require you to show that you have a German bank account.
Insider tip: With DKB – Deutsche Kredit Bank you can already sign up for a bank account in Berlin from abroad. Most other German banks won’t let you sign up unless you have a German address.
Internet Provider and Mobile Contract Berlin
But with our help and tips this will be a piece of cake and you will be ready within a few minutes. This will leave you with more time to enjoy this great city and to get to know all neighbourhoods.
Insider tip: 1&1 Internet has some of the best offers for both internet and mobile contracts in Berlin at the moment.
Electricity Provider in Berlin
Usually you are signed up with Vattenfall as soon as you move in, but changing your electricity provider will save you a lot of money.
Insider tip: Right now Lifestrom is our favorite pick when it comes to electricity providers in Berlin. Not only are they cheaper than Vattenfall, but also you’ll get a sign-up bonus (which ranges from a 100€ Amazon voucher to a Samsung Galaxy Tab A7.0 and more) and 3 months free access to famous online streaming provider Maxdome.
As Berlin is one of the biggest capitals in Europe, you can get easily lost in the decision of which neighbourhood suits you best. Families might prefer to live in a quiet, family-friendly neighbourhood such as Prenzlauer Berg while students who want to party every day of the week are way better off renting a place in Kreuzberg, Neukölln or Friedrichshain. To help you with your decision of where to move to in Berlin we put together a great overview over the most popular neighbourhoods in Berlin that should help you in making the right decision.
Germany is known for its bureaucracy, which can make it difficult for foreigners and newcomers to register at the right institutions without getting confused. But rest assured that after once you figured out what to do and where to go live will become a lot easier. To help you get things started after moving to Berlin we have put together all important task to take care of in our Administration section.
When is the best time to move to Berlin?
After pointing out the more complicated points, here are some more points that will have you convinced in no time, that now is actually the perfect time for moving to Berlin! Rents are still fairly low in comparison to all other German cities and European capitals.
But prices for renting an apartment in Berlin started to almost explode since around 2011. Some Berlin neighbourhoods like Mitte or Prenzlauer Berg are reaching almost Munich levels. Also the prices to rent an apartment differ heavily between the more popular neighbourhoods like Prenzlauer Berg or Friedrichshain and less popular neighbourhoods like Lichtenberg or Marzahn.
If you need to save some money on rent try to find a room in a WG (shared flat). If you plan on spending a lot on your new home go for a roof terrace with a nice view rather than moving to a ground floor apartment with a little garden.
It is hard to put into words the inner happiness you will feel when you go for a stroll on a beautiful summer day in Berlin, stopping to have a freshly pressed juice and soaking up the sun sitting outside a cafe, watching the crowds of happy people walking around simply enjoying the atmosphere.
And best of all Berlin is surrounded by many clean lakes. Why not taking the S-Bahn for 30 mins and leave the busy city behind you and rent a kayak and enjoy yourself?
Things to do in Berlin
What’s so unique about Berlin is the fact that you can explore different parts of the city for weeks without getting bored. The obvious thing to do first is to follow all the tourists and admire some of the more famous sights in Berlin like the Museumsinsel, Brandenburger Tor or Potsdamer Platz. But off the beaten track you will find many wonderful things, that you might not (yet) find in the Lonely Planet. Check out our Top10 things to do in Berlin list.
Berlin a green capital?
Berlin is very environmentally friendly; recycling is taken very seriously and every home has a recycling system in the building. Thousands of people cycle to work, making Berlin traffic seem like a dream compared to the chaotic mess on the roads of other European capitals.
This is also something else for you to right under the Pros side of your list to move to Berlin – riding a bike is cheap, cuts down on travelling time and keeps you fit and healthy. And those of you that don’t want to miss the comfort of a car should definitely try out carsharing in Berlin.
Move to Berlin – Now!
And if you’re wondering how people afford to always be on the go, it’s easy – Berlin has a steadily increasing business market, it is the start-up capital of the world after the Silicon Valley and new job opportunities in Berlin are always knocking at your door.
Berlin is the city where you can make all your dreams come true, where nobody will judge you for being yourself, whoever you are. Don’t wait any longer, move to Berlin as soon as you can!