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Living in Berlin

You have just arrived in Berlin? This checklist should give you an overview on the necessary steps after your arrival.

In the following you will find some information concerning your stay in Berlin.

Are you looking for an apartment or a room in a shared flat (WG)? Here you will find an overview of portals that are offering available rooms and apartments.

International doctoral candidates of Freie Universität Berlin can also inquire with these providers for housing.

Since word-of-mouth recommendation is essential in finding an apartment, make sure you tell as many people as possible that you are looking for accomodation.

The Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe GmbH - BVG - is Berlin's public local transportation company. Within its network You may use any means of public transport: regional trains (RB), regional express trains (RE), city railway (S-Bahn), subway (U-Bahn), streetcars (Straßenbahn), buses (Bus and Metro-Bus), and ferries (Fähren).

If you are enrolled at Freie Universität Berlin and have paid the semester fee, you will automatically receive a student ID which contains your BVG-ticket and entitles you to use the local public transportation free of charge. Please make sure to have an identity card or your passport with you for ticket inspections.

The Welcome Center Berlin provides information for all new immigrants to facilitate their arrival and to get settled in Berlin. You will find information on such topics as: arrival, families, housing, employment, education and everyday life.