Cheap Living in Berlin

Consider, for instance, that the average rent in London recently broke £1,000 (over €1,200) per month, or that a studio apartment without a doorman in Manhattan fetches an average $2,200 per month (€1,697) and a one-bedroom just short of $3,000 (€2,315). Meanwhile, an average-sized apartment, measuring 70 m² (about 750 square feet), at the average Berlin priceof €7.38/m² (compared to upwards of €20/m² in Paris) would ring up at €516.60. The difference is obviously staggering.

And it’s a touchy topic here. Bring up the fact that Berlin’s rent prices have, until now, been scores cheaper than in almost any major comparable Western/European city on average, and Berliners will batter you with a slew of reasons why it’s an unfair card to pull out.

Next American City has a very interesting post looking at Berlin’s history, and why rent there has remained so low compared to other major cities. Basically: Berlin has gone through a lot of hard times.


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cmcm (#267)

What am I even doing in London? I am an idiot.

Related: rent in Brussels is also impossibly cheap, which is surprising given all the EU jobs there. My flat in London is a studio (but with shared bathrooms), not at all central. I pay the exact same amount of rent as my friend in Brussels who has a huge two bedroom, two bathroom (over two floors, as well) apartment.

allaswan (#578)

But why is Chicago so cheap? I feel like the average room is around $350. I pay $225 now to live in a single family home with yard and garage + other perks. I once had my own room for $180, and this was not somewhere out in the boonies, but in Pilsen, a 10 minute train ride to downtown. Does that shock you?

pearl (#153)

Me, me! I lived in Berlin for a year. First in a student dorm (that had a tiny kitchen, bathroom and bedroom) for something like €220, then I lived with roommates for a couple months for €300 (these prices are all inclusive by the way) in one of the nicest neighborhoods in Prenzlauerberg (Kollwitzplatz), and lastly lived a little outside of that area in Pankow (but still easily accessible to everywhere I wanted to go via train/bus/bike) that was a 2 bedroom apartment for €305, in which I lived alone. IT WAS THE BEST and LA rents have me down now. I also consider it my favorite city in the world

Now this is sad that rents are rising. But understandable.

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