Moving to Berlin Without Family or Friends

Berlin’s breathtaking and exciting nightlife, unique history and affordability make Berlin an ideal place for people looking to make an exciting move. Over the past years, droves of young artists and business people have moved to Berlin, making Berling unique blend of professionalism and artistic expression.
Though moving to an unfamiliar place can be thrilling, it can also be challenging to cope with your new surroundings. When moving to a new city or country, there will always be many challenges but moving alone poses its own set of issues. Fortunately, there are some ways to make sure your move goes as smoothly as possible.

Neighborhoods in Berlin

Berlin is the largest city in Europe. Consequently, it hosts numerous neighborhoods and finding the best neighborhood for you can be difficult. Neighborhoods in Berlin are a mix of family-friendly neighborhoods, university students, and artists among others. These neighborhoods vary from tranquil and older communities to young vibrant communities that come with the caution of noise, and some a mixture of both.  When selecting a neighborhood in Berlin, you have to choose one that best suits your needs, occupation, and current needs.

Money and German Bank Accounts

Opening a German bank account is an essential step in your move and should be handled quickly once you settle in Berlin. A German account will help you in many ways; you will notice that without a bank statement, there is not much you can do. You will find that converting all your money into euros will make things much more convenient for all parties involved. German bank accounts come in handy when renting a house and when selecting appropriate internet providers. A leaser will require previous bank statements before allowing you to settle in a particular home. Mobile phone details need to be filled from your bank details; therefore, it is necessary to have a German account. N26 is a bank that allows you to complete your banking needs without speaking German.

Internet providers 

Once you are done with your banking needs, you will need an internet provider and a mobile contract. It may be easiest for you to simply choose the most widely recognized provider.  For example, 1&1 Internet is the most recognized mobile service in Berlin. This firm has excellent mobile and internet offers that guarantee outstanding service and results.

Things to do in Berlin

As a newcomer to Berlin, it’s only right that you visit all the fantastic sites in the city. Berlin has several amazing tourist sites including the Brandenburger Tor and the Museumsinsel. There are several things a foreigner in Berlin can do apart from visiting tourist sites. You can also check out all the fantastic art and food or visit one of its many famous markets.

Finding a job 

Finding a job in Berlin can be difficult but necessary. The best approach you can take when looking for a job is finding one before the move. This will provide you with plenty of time to handle other business that is required of a foreigner. Less than 5% of jobs in Germany are English speaking so, learning as much German as possible before you go is important. is a German news board that can help you look for jobs before you go.

Finding friends

Finding friends can be difficult no matter where you are. You can start by joining online communities, where you can interact with other people looking to move or are recent transplants. Look for Facebook groups for people in the area who share similar interests this will help you meet people you already have something in common.  Getting out of your neighborhood and exploring different areas is a great way to meet new people as well. Look into joining organizations or clubs that are along the lines of those you currently take part in. If you like to dance get out and find some dance classes.

Ultimately, moving to Berlin is a huge step, and there are precautions you should take before going. Hopefully following these tips will help your transition to Berlin go a little more smoothly. No matter what happens a move to Berlin is sure to be life-changing.

By Victoria Johnson

Victoria Johnson is a media specialist for Allied Van Lines. She often creates content on a variety of topics including travel and relocation. 

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