We strongly recommend you to start looking for accommodation as soon as possible and, if applicable, only to send for your family when you have found a suitable apartment. The chances of being successful when searching for somewhere to live are much better if you are not under time pressure. Furthermore, if you come alone, you can easily live for a short time in a hotel or guest-house or perhaps with friends or acquaintances.
Here is a list with some hotels near Freie Universität Berlin.
Berlin is a very large city with twelve districts. When looking for a place to stay, check the Berlin city map for orientation. As Freie Universität Berlin is located in the southern district of Dahlem, a residential area with many villas, rooms and apartments in the campus area 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 250 EUR, 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.
There are different ways to find the right place to live. Here you will find a short list of good places to stay if you are looking for a furnished apartment.
For doctoral candidates of Freie Universität Berlin, there are newly renovated fully furnished rooms and apartments available in two buildings (Nr. 4 & 8 ) at Studentendorf Schlachtensee as well as in apartment buildings located in Celsiusstraße in the southern district of Lichterfelde Süd. For reservations contact the Studentendorf Schlachtensee management or the ERG Service Center at Freie Universität. Please note that you will have to pay a reservation fee when making a firm reservation.
Another option for furnished flats is “House of Nations” of the non-profit Bürgermeister-Reuter-Foundation. The target group is young people enrolled at educational institutions.