Berlin, Europe, Expat Living, Germany

Find a Flat in Berlin by Turning to Facebook

November 16, 2015
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Like it or not, it’s super difficult to find a flat in Berlin that’s available for rent. Whether you’re looking to rent your own apartment or are seeking shared accommodation, it can take weeks, even months, to find a place to call home.

With limited spots available due to the rising number of holiday rentals from Airbnb, the increasing number of Berlin expats, and the influx of Berlin refugees, demand is higher than ever, competition is fierce, and rental costs are constantly climbing.

Find a Flat in Berlin

So how can you find a flat in Berlin? To be honest, the absolute best way to find a flat in Berlin is by knowing someone. In fact, that’s how I found my current flat when I moved back to Berlin.

But as most people who come here don’t know anyone at all, they end up using sites like Craigslist, WG Gesucht, or Immobilien Scout 24.

Recommended reading: Should You Book an Airbnb Apartment in Berlin?

Berlin Facebook Groups

What a lot of Berlin newbies don’t know is that Facebook is one of the best ways to find a flat in Berlin! Locals actually use multiple Facebook groups to advertise a room or apartment for rent in Berlin.

So if you’re an aspiring Berliner or even a current Berliner, use these Facebook groups to help you on your search to find a flat in Berlin:

  1. Apartments/roommates in Berlin
  2. Berlin Apartments – Rent – Share & Sell flats & apartments in Berlin!
  3. Berlin Housing
  4. Berlin LONG TERM rooms/flats
  5. Berlin Startup Flats & Flatshares
  6. Berlin Startup WGs
  7. Flats in Berlin
  8. Homes for Queers Berlin
  9. Housing Berlin
  10. Housing Berlin/Wohnen in Berlin
  11. Looking for room to rent in Berlin Moabit/Charlottenburg/Mitte
  12. Provisionsfreie Wohnungen Berlin
  13. Rent a Flat in Berlin
  14. Rooms & Roommates in Berlin
  15. Short-term accommodation Berlin: WG, Zwischenmiete, flat-share, Zimmerbörse
  16. Temporary Flat Rentals In Berlin
  17. Urban Home Berlin
  18. WG Zimmer Berlin
  19. WG, Zimmer, Wohnung, Flat, Room – Berlin 
  20. WG, Zimmer, Wohnung in Berlin gesucht
  21. WG zimmer wohnung in Berlin room flat apartment rent
  22. Wohnung Frei in Berlin
  23. Wohnung in Berlin
  24. Wohnung in Berlin WG Zimmer

Good to Know

  1. Looking for tips about the process of securing a flat in Berlin? Then read this piece about renting a home in Berlin.
  2. For fun, read this cute illustrated guide to evaluating potential flatmates in Berlin.
  3. Did you know that Berliners love to use Facebook for almost anything and everything? If you’re looking for new ways to meet people and find events, check out Adam’s post. Or better yet, come to one of the monthly meetups that Adam and I host together.
  4. If you’re looking to find a job in Berlinmake friends in Berlin, and more, you’ll find all you need to know on my Berlin resources page.

Do you know of other Facebook groups in Berlin? If you do, leave a comment below! 

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  • Reply Carla November 16, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    I actually have no interest in moving to Berlin (though I do want to visit someday, and I like your blog, hence why I’m here :)), but I am in a similar position as I’m currently in the process of moving to Australia.

    If it wasn’t for some contacts I’d made from friends of friends on Facebook I’m sure I would be having a MUCH harder time finding flatmates than if I hadn’t. It’s kind of nice to know I’m not the only struggling with finding a place to live overseas.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard November 17, 2015 at 4:07 AM

      Hey Carla –

      Please do visit Berlin someday. It’s a great city, although of course, I’m biased. 😉

      Glad you enjoy the blog and cool to hear that Facebook worked for you as well.

      I ended up writing this post, as a lot of people moving to Berlin are not aware of such groups. Hopefully, this will help!

      Best,
      Cheryl

  • Reply Mark Garnett December 2, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    Hi Cheryl,

    Just a quick one!

    My girlfriend and I are moving to Berlin next year (January) we are both from the UK so luckily won’t need working visas. However, we do need to register as residents (within our first 14 days of arrival) with our local authority as you mention in one of your blogs. The first month of our stay will be at a work away which is a little way out of the city where we are hopefully going to really try and improve our German before we hit the job hunt!

    So my question is, will this temporary address be enough to register ourselves or will we need something more permanent?

    Thanks so much!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard December 2, 2016 at 4:57 PM

      Hiya Mark,

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂 🙂

      Congrats on your Berlin move. Very exciting!

      To be honest, I’m not sure what should be done in this case? The paper you get to register your address is needed for multiple things, like opening a bank account for example.

      I’d recommend getting in touch with one of the expat experts here in Berlin – try either Expath or Red Tape Translation.

      Sorry I could not help more in this instance. I just don’t want to give the wrong info.

      Best of luck and let me know if you need more help.

      Kind regards,
      Cheryl

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