City Information Study in Berlin - Germany's multicultural and open-minded capital
Berlin is a centre for politics, media and science and is rich in history and picturesque historical monuments. With its population of 3.7 million residents, Berlin is the largest city in Germany and the 2nd most populous city in Europe. The German capital is a hub for higher education and research. It is home to 4 major universities, 7 universities of applied sciences, 4 arts colleges, 27 private universities and 70 research centres. About 190,000 students are enrolled in Berlin institutions in total. Well-known for its innovation capacity, the German capital has a vibrant start-up scene and is known as a start-up hotspot in Europe.
Berlin is not only very innovative, it is also a very multicultural city:
- People from 190 nations live here
- 20% of its residents come from abroad
- Every one in three Berliners is a first or second generation immigrant.
Students in Berlin benefit from a high quality of life and a huge range of recreational activities:
- Low living costs and moderate rental prices, compared to other capital or European cities, make the city very attractive for students.
- Berlin has a well-connected public transport system that students can use with their discounted public transport tickets.
- Festivals, museums and sports events are seen everywhere. Germany's capital is also renowned for its culture and arts scene and its buzzing nightlife. Plus, a third of the city area is composed of parks, rivers and lakes.
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Berlin is a vibrant city. A lot of people move in and out and sublet their rooms/apartments. However, finding accommodation in Berlin is a process that can take some time and might sometimes be a bit challenging.
According to our experience it might be better to look for a temporary accommodation first and then look for other options once you are in Berlin. You can either rent an apartment by yourself or share it with other flatmates. The latter is very common among students and it is also a great way to meet new people and make new friends.
Students interested in living in popular districts such as Friedrichshain, Neukölln and Kreuzberg must also be patient. Finding suitable accommodation can take some time, but Berlin has an important advantage: rental prices are still relatively low in comparison to other European capitals.
Don’t worry if you don’t find a place to live that is close to your university: Berlin’s public transportation system is very convenient. The busses, trams, subways and trains run very frequently and have plenty of stops and stations in the city.
Berlin is a great city to live in that offers its residents many recreational activities, such as street food festivals, film festivals, concerts and thousands of parties to go to.
Compared to other big cities in Europe, the living costs in Berlin are very moderate. Students benefit from a lot of concessions. You can receive reduced prices at theatres, museums, opera houses, cinemas, swimming pools and other institutions. All you have to do is present your student ID.
Apart from the huge range of cultural events and the affordable living costs, international students have the opportunity to experience one of the most exciting, innovative, diverse and open-minded cities in Europe.