First Steps in Berlin
Living space is in short supply, and finding an affordable and suitable accommodation can be challenging. In particular, the market for small, furnished flats is limited. For this reason, you should look for accommodations as soon as you can.
Places to stay
A simple way to find a room or an apartment is to search on the private housing market. Many students in Berlin live in shared apartments (WGs). You will find these offers on the internet or in various Berlin magazines.
Here are some links to find affordable accommodations:
For information about different areas of the city, see http://wikitravel.org/en/Berlin.
Berlin has an excellent transportation system which is widely accessible. A map of the main public transportation in Berlin, the S-Bahn and U-Bahn, will help you get most places you need to go. Additional maps for the tram and bus services, timetables and other helpful information can be found at http://www.bvg.de/en/.
Note: The closest S- and U-Bahn stations for Campus Charité Mitte are: S+U-Friedrichstrasse, S-Hauptbanhof, S-Nordbanhof, U-Oranienburger Tor and U-Naturkundemuseum.
Berlin is also a very bicycle-friendly city with bicycle lanes in most parts of the city. A route planner for bike riders is available here: www.bbbike.de
Some of Berlin’s most popular attractions include the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin TV Tower, the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, Potsdamer Platz, and Museum Island, to name just a few. For more information on sightseeing and special events, please see the city’s official website, http://www.berlin.de/en/.
Berlin's nightlife is just many and varied. These links will give you an overview about activities, events, and nightlife: