Furnished Apartments in Berlin
Many expats choose to rent a furnished apartment when moving to Berlin, rather than staying in a hotel, or rushing into a long-term rental agreement. Those moving to Berlin can rent an apartment on a weekly or monthly basis, while they look for longer-term accommodation. This makes it much easier to settle into a new life in Germany and allows more time to decide on the most suitable area or suburb to live in. For those moving to Berlin for work or on a short-term assignment work often prefer to rent a furnished apartment rather than a hotel room; not only is it usually a cheaper option it’s also normally more comfortable.
How to find a serviced apartment in Berlin
There are many options for finding a furnished or serviced apartment in Germany. Some expats and business travellers will have this organised by their employer or relocation company. Many landlords and rental agencies list their furnished apartments on one of these accommodation portals:
• Airbnb is an online marketplace for short-term rentals, with loads of apartments throughout Germany. They are most popular with those on holiday and short breaks rather than corporate travellers or expats.
• Blueground - offers furnished apartments in Berlin’s best neighbourhoods on flexible weekly and monthly leases.
• Homelike is one of the largest online marketplaces for long-term and short-term furnished apartment rentals in Berlin. They have a simple booking experience and list high-quality apartments in Berlin which can be rented for 30 nights and more.
• StaySitu has been helping companies and organisations find rental accommodation for their corporate travellers and relocation assignee when they are on the move for business. They also help individual expats find short-term accommodation in Berlin.
Relocation companies can often help with finding and securing a furnished apartment or serviced accommodation, along with providing other services like visa and immigration assistance, international school search, and help with settling into the local area.
What are the benefits of renting a furnished apartment?
Most expats choose to initially rent a furnished apartment in Berlin rather than immediately taking out a long-term rental. Furnished apartments and houses in Berlin offer much more flexibility and usually come equipped with furniture and kitchen appliances, so expats can avoid the upfront cost and hassle of buying furniture or shipping it from home. Some serviced accommodation and furnished apartments will come completely equipped with linen, towels, and kitchenware. They will also have all the utilities set up, including telephone and broadband internet.
The flexibility of Short-term accommodation
Short-term accommodation provides flexibility for business travellers, expats and assignees who are moving to Berlin. Serviced accommodation can be rented for as little as a few weeks to a few months, or longer, providing ease and flexibility, and allowing expats moving to Berlin more time to find long-term accommodation for themselves and their family.
What's the difference between a serviced apartment and a furnished apartment?
A serviced apartment is a fully furnished apartment that includes many of the facilities provided by a large hotel, such as laundry and cleaning, concierge services and sometimes even access to a gym, but with all the privacy and comfort of a self-catering apartment. Serviced apartments are usually much cheaper than a hotel of a similar standard.
What are Berlin’s best neighbourhoods?
Berlin has twelve districts, and each of these consists of several neighbourhoods. Whether moving on your own or with family, deciding where to live is one of the most important decisions to make when moving to Berlin. Luckily our editors have don’t some of the research for you, see the page on: Best places for expats to live in Berlin.
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