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    Dorcas Ebuara

    Berlin, the capital of Germany, is a city that lies in the heart of North German plain with beautiful tourist sites and a comfortable transit system. If you are considering moving over, this post is definitely for you as the cost of living there will be highlighted.

    When it comes to the cost of living, the first and biggest expense of course is:

    • Rent/accommodation: Finding accommodation, in general, can be very daunting, Berlin inclusive. You should (click here) for tips on how to get accommodation, this will help in your search.

    Your location and the choice of the house whether furnished or not determines the amount you are going to pay for accommodation and it usually goes for about 350 – 450 euros per month including utilities. In Germany, there is something called wohngemeinschaft aka WG and it is an apartment shared by several people to reduce the cost of the rent.

    Also, in Germany, there is usually a cost called warm or cold rent. Warm means everything is inclusive, while cold means it is only the rent exclusive of all the utilities. It is important to ask your landlord before paying.

    • Food: food is, of course, the second biggest expense as the amount spent on food generally depends on your lifestyle and the things you love to eat, you could spend an average of 200 – 300 euros per month which also depends on where you like to shop. However, there are different supermarkets you can shop from, a few are; discount supermarkets which are cheap example (Aldi, Netto, Lidl), mid-ranged supermarkets are (Kaufland, Rewe), high-end supermarkets are (Edeka, Alnatura). Your budget for the month would determine which supermarket to shop from.

    • Transportation: The third biggest expense is transportation because you have to move about for your daily activities. Depending on your life’s situation; student, employed, unemployed, it would determine how much you spend. (click here) for more information on transportation fares. In addition, the public transportation system in Berlin is really good that you most likely would not need a car.

    • Health Insurance: Health insurance in Germany and of course Berlin is compulsory for everyone so you can either have private or public health insurance. As an employee, the cost of health insurance depends on how much you earn monthly and it is being deducted from your account. If you are a student, your insurance will cost about 95 to 110 euro per month if you choose private health insurance as a student, the insurance companies offer different premiums. You may want to (read this post) for in-depth information on how health insurance works.

    • Cost of socialising: One of the Interesting things about Berlin is that there is always an option for every pocket. If you love to eat out regularly, there are cheap restaurants you can make choices from which would cost about 8-10 euros, in a mid-range restaurant it is about 15-25 euros, in a fancy restaurant you could spend about 40-50 euros. If clubs and bars are your preference, there are lots of options out there too.

    • Cost of mobile phone network provider: There are three major ones used in Germany which are; Telecom, Vodafone, and o2 with o2 being the most expensive. However, You have the liberty to get a different network plan for your phone with a cost of about 10-15 euros per month depending on the plan you opt for. If your apartment provides an internet connection you would not have to spend so much on data. I would advise you (read this post) for more information on getting a network provider if you looking to get one.

    • TV and Radio License Fee: This fee is paid by every household to the public broadcasting service and it cost about 17.50 euros per month. You must pay whether you watch your TV or listen to the radio or not. I advise you use those devices, you do not want to pay charges for what you don’t use, I don’t think so.

    Generally, the cost of living in Berlin depends on your lifestyle as you can live really cheap or relatively expensive from 800– 2,000 euros per month.

    Photo Credit: dw.com, berlin.de

  • Cost of living in Berlin

    Michael updated 2 years, 11 months ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
  • Wasana

    June 25, 2021 at 9:16 am

    I love Berlin; it is a no man’s land, yet a place for everyone.

    You can get all the help that you need, and you can also be left on the street to die in need.

    Keyword if you want to live in Berlin; be open and respect people.

    Great piece @Dorcas

    How do you like it in Berlin @Wohks , @Williams20 ?

    • Michael

      June 25, 2021 at 10:57 am

      You’re so right about Berlin. To enjoy the place, just respect people and be kind.
      There are ample opportunities here, especially for international students and other foreigners living in Germany.

  • Dorcas Ebuara

    June 25, 2021 at 9:43 am

    “you can also be left to die on the street”, got me laughing. Thank you @wasana

    • Michael

      June 25, 2021 at 10:58 am

      That is so true!
      People can care for you very much, but could also be very indifferent – it’s all about the vibe that they get from you.

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