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Housing

This program has multiple housing options. Best of all, housing is arranged before you arrive in Berlin. You can choose to live in a homestay, a single room in a shared student dorm, or a private apartment. When you apply, you’ll supply information and preferences to match you to the best option for you. 

Apartment

For maximum privacy, you may prefer the single-occupancy apartments at the Akademia Residenze Berlin. These compact and efficient studio-style apartments come fully furnished and include a common lounge area and private garden. It’s a nice blend of private space for relaxing and studying and a shared space for connecting and socializing. An on-site caretaker can help you sort out questions during the week. The apartment is a short walk to the parks and green spaces of northwest Berlin.

Accommodations

  • Private bedroom
  • Private bathroom
  • Off campus
  • No meal plan

Live with

  • International students
  • UC students
  • US students

Commute

The apartment complex, located in the district of Reinickendorf, is within walking distance of two metro stops. The commute to campus is about 50 minutes, and the city center is a convenient 20-minute ride by public transportation (metro or bus). 

Dorm

The dorm option offers a mix of privacy and community. In this living arrangement, you will have your own room in a shared apartment-style dorm. To add to the international feel and encourage cultural exchange, the program tries to place students of different nationalities in the same shared living space. 

Accommodations

  • Private bedroom
  • Shared bathroom
  • Off campus
  • No meal plan

Live with

  • International students
  • UC students
  • US students

Commute

Depending on your dorm placement, you will either be in the areas of Lichterfelde (30 minutes to campus) or Zehlendorf (45 minutes to campus). Both dorms are within 40 minutes by public transportation (metro or bus) to the city center.  

Homestay

If you are focusing on German language study, a homestay is a particularly attractive option. In this environment you can practice German conversations and immerse in the culture daily with your host. There are a variety of homestay hosts in Berlin. You may be placed with a single person, a couple, or a family with children. There are few hosts with small children still living in the home. All hosts are experienced with having international exchange students in their homes. 

Accommodations

  • Private bedroom
  • Private or shared bathroom
  • Off campus
  • Meal plan (breakfast and one other meal, usually dinner)

Live with

  • Local residents

Commute

A typical commute is 45 minutes to campus and approximately 20 minutes to the Berlin city center by metro or bus. You’ll feel like a local in no time with your public transportation pass that allows you to use the buses and rapid transit railway system (S-Bahn and U-Bahn). You can also bike to class, as Berlin is a bike-friendly city.