Erasmus in Berlin

Information and tips for Erasmus students in Berlin

Berlin is a dynamic, active and large city. The German capital is home to one of the most turbulent history of the human being and in every corner, you will find a memory of all that. It is full of light, art and students from all over the world

Why do your Erasmus in Berlin? There are a thousand reasons why you should have your Erasmus experience in this city, such as the quality of its university, the diversity in the city, its culture or the university environment. Berlin has endless things to do and discover; music, art, knowledge, culture or experiences are some of the things you will discover in the German capital. 

Cost of living in Berlin, Germany

Berlin is surprisingly not an expensive city when it comes to accommodation compared to other capital cities in Europe. Their prices range from € 200 the cheapest, to € 400 the most expensive, it will depend a lot on the area where you are staying and whether the apartment is shared or not. 

The shopping list will cost you about € 150 more or less, depending a lot on what type of consumption you are going to do. However, eating in restaurants is around € 25-30 the most expensive and € 15 the cheapest. For this reason, we recommend that you reserve around € 100-150 for leisure in general (partying, eating out, going out…). 

Public transport is a bit expensive but the main reason is because everything is very well connected and in operation almost 24 hours a day. Depending on where you stay and how much you are going to use public transport, it is worth acquiring the monthly voucher which is about € 84 or opting for an “Abo” which is an annual subscription, you pay € 74 per month or € 728 at once (It costs about € 60 per month). If you are not going to use public transport much and you opt for bicycles, you can always buy single tickets (€ 2.9) or 4 tickets for € 9. 

One of the best plans you can make is the weekend to take the map of the city and a bicycle and, tour its unique streets and parks, enjoy every second of your Erasmus. 

Erasmus parties and leisure in Berlin, Germany

The university lifestyle in the city is varied, there are many students from different parts of the world. Erasmus parties are always organized every week. The city is alive and you will always find a corner in which to enjoy a new experience, without a doubt you will not get bored. 

There are distinctive parties in Berlin every now and then, however techno music clubs abound, especially around Wasrchauerstrabe. But in that area you will also find other places that are perfect for any night, like the surroundings of Eberswalder Strasse. Wherever you go you will find students like you who are enjoying their experience.  

Culture and gastronomy in Berlin, Germany

Berlin is a city that will make you fall in love at every step, its culture is incredible and you have thousands of options to get to know the city, from the museums or just wandering around. We recommend the Free Tours that take place on Sundays at Brandenburger Tor, around 11 am, they are in English and Spanish. We also recommend the DDR Museum, the Berlin Cathedral, the Museum Island and visiting the temporary exhibits at the German Historical Museum. 

The gastronomy of Berlin is different compared to the rest of Europe, its main ingredients are meat and potatoes (popular opinion among Erasmus students). The most typical dishes that we recommend are: 

  • The currywurst
  • Kebab
  • Schnitzels 
  • Boulette 
  • Frikadellen 

Just an advice; if you don't like spicy found, BEWARE! Most dishes are very spicy and if they offer you more spicy ingredients and you accept, get a glass of milk near you 

Advantages of doing Erasmus in Berlin, Germany

Berlin is one of the best Erasmus options, but we have made a list for you just in case: 

  • Big city. 
  • Culture, art and music.
  • University environment, great diversity from all over the world.
  • Party and nightlife.
  • Security.
  • Snow Days.
  • Good connections to travel to the rest of Europe. 

Cheap Erasmus accommodation in Berlin, Germany

Do you need accommodation in Berlin and don't know how to get it? On Erasmus Play you can find the best student flats, rooms and apartments in Berlin.

Frequently asked questions from students doing Erasmus in Berlin

How much does it cost to live in Berlin as a student?

Depending on whether you share a flat or not, the average may vary but in general, it is: 

  • Sharing a flat the cost of living is € 957 on average. 
  • Without sharing a flat the cost of living is approximately € 1800.
What is student life like in Berlin?
Berlin is a fully-fledged university city, it has everything you need to fully experience the Erasmus experience. Study in another language, put yourself to the test in every way, travel, discover, live unique and incomparable experiences; you will find all this and much more in Berlin.
How much does a student accommodation cost in Berlin?
Depending on whether you share a flat or not, the cost of it can vary a lot. A shared apartment is about € 200 per month but if you do not want to share accommodation the price rises to € 350 upwards.
How much is the Erasmus scholarship to study in Berlin?
The Erasmus scholarship to study in Berlin will depend on the country of origin, since in each part of the world there are different rules in this regard.

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