Unfortunately, it has become much more difficult to find accommodation in Berlin within the last three years. We urge you to take care of this as soon as possible!
If you were accepted as an exchange student by Freie Universität Berlin, you can use the Accommodation Service of FUB.
Freie Universität Berlin offers fully furnished apartments including household equipment for exchange students in Steglitz/Lichterfelde (Celsiusstr.). The FU campus is located in the neighbouring Dahlem. The minimum duration of stay is one semester.
The Studentenwerk Berlin as well as the privately owned Studentendorf Schlachtensee offers a limited number of student dormitories. Please note that the rooms available at Studentenwerk Berlin are always booked out very fast!
Information and application
The registration for accommodation is usually possible at the beginning of June for the winter term and at the beginning of December for the summer term. Registration before June/December is not possible since you first have to be accepted by Freie Universität Berlin as an exchange student and the websites of the Accommodation Service have to be updated.
Please be aware that places are limited! The allocation of rooms is processed through a "first come, first served" principle. We therefore recommend registering as soon as possible.
Please visit the website of the Accommodation Service for further information and the application forms for the apartments and dormitories.
As soon as you are accepted as an exchange student by Freie Universität Berlin, you will be asked to register in the distributed campus portal. There you will find further information on accommodation in Berlin as well as an “Apartment-swop”-offer between students.
Apartment / Shared apartment
If you do not wish to stay in a student residence hall, you can try to find a room or an apartment on the private housing market. Many students in Berlin live in shared apartments (WGs) and there is a relatively large supply of rooms. You find these offers on the internet (e.g., studenten-wg.de or wg-gesucht.de), in various Berlin magazines, or on notice boards in different places of the university. Freie Universität Berlin is located in Dahlem, a residential area with many villas. Rooms/apartments around the university are rare and normally quite expensive. For that reason students generally commute from other parts of the city, with 30 minutes to one hour commuting time on public transport being nothing unusual.
Rents in Berlin normally start around € 300. Shared apartments tend to be less expensive. On signing the lease your landlord will probably expect a deposit of three months, reimbursed with interest at the end of tenancy as long as nothing has been damaged. Sometimes a commission or a compensation for furniture is requested; therefore, make sure that you bring enough money with you.
If you arrive in Berlin and have not yet found an apartment or a room you will need cheap short-term accommodation at either a youth hostel (Jugendherberge) or a guest house (Jugendgästehaus).
An overview of information about housing in Berlin can be found here: