How much is life in Berlin.

How much is life in Berlin.
September 8, 2016 at 13:17.
The former mayor of Berlin in 2003 said that the German capital is poor, but the sexy one is arm, aber sexy. For 13 years the city has become even more attractive: the tourist flow is growing at 10% per year and last year reached 12 million people – only London and Paris ahead of the city in this indicator. Many, having visited Berlin, decide to stay here. Over the past decade, there have appeared large communities of Americans, Poles, Spaniards, Italians, Russians, French. The largest community of Turks outside of Turkey is also located in Berlin – there are more than 100 thousand of them. Berlin attracts foreigners relative cheapness with a high quality of life. The Village talked with local Russians and learned how much life costs in Berlin.
euro per person – the official cost of living.
Room – from 300 euros per month, apartment – from 500 euros.
A significant part of his earnings the average European gives for housing. Usually removable. A rare Berliner can afford to buy a home, and if he buys something, then often on the outskirts of the city or in the land of Brandenburg, surrounding Berlin. The rental price in a pleasant area, where there are all shops, transport, doctors and schools-kindergartens, averages 10-12 euros per square meter. Cheaper to rent an apartment you can only if very lucky, or in an uncomfortable place. The upper lath of rental rates is not limited, but lofts with a view of the city and the windows in the floor here are not particularly popular. Much more often there are large apartments in old houses, altbau, which students and artists hire for rent. A room in such a hostel can be rented for 300-400 euros, and a one-room apartment will cost already 500-600. This amount includes heating, electricity and internet.
But even if you have a decent amount, finding a good apartment is not so easy. Owners of housing in popular areas arrange open views, which accept and review applications from future tenants. A queue of 50 people is a common thing. From applicants may require a credit history, proof of salary, and families with children and dogs can refuse without any explanation. Berliners joke that the requirements for future spouses are lower than for tenants. A particular problem is mold in apartments, especially old ones. It causes harm to health, therefore it is carefully covered with landlords and at the same time is a weighty reason for the termination of even an unlimited lease.
A favorite German sport is the attempts of landlords under different pretexts not to give a deposit (one or two rent costs paid to a special account) and tenants’ attempt to return this pledge. The reasons for the non-return can be the most ridiculous: the need to change the window, door, sink, ostensibly repaired tiles, fake bills from repair companies. If the law on the renter’s side is levied against the tenant’s tenancy – to evict him from the apartment without his desire is not easy, then the owners of housing are better protected with respect to finance.
Ulyana, 24, a student at the Technical University: I think 800 euros is the minimum amount of monthly spending on life for a student if he already found a room or a dormitory and moved (you do not need to buy furniture and pay for transportation of things), and the room itself does not more than 300 euros. My minimum is � 1,200. This is enough for trips on weekends, payment of a loan for a macbook and installment for a dental crown. But I live in a very cheap room, I pay only 270 euros.
from 100 euros per month.
Another significant part of the costs of any Berliner is health insurance. Students can use a preferential tariff for up to 30 years (up to 100 euros per month, often 50-60). A working person pays to the state sickness fund from 13% of his income every month, but has the opportunity to include in the insurance of children and a non-working spouse or spouse. Tariffs in the private insurance system depend on age, gender and state of health, but the minimum monthly fee is about 200 euros per person. At the same time, private entrepreneurs lose the right to insurance from the state.
Getting to a doctor in Berlin is not difficult – it is difficult to get to a good doctor. The city lacks therapists and pediatricians, so the best are always the big queues. However, in medical practice there is always water, chairs, a children’s room with toys, magazines, so that the waiting is carried relatively easily. It is difficult to accept the fact that in Germany doctors do not go to the house to the patient. The severely ill (loss of consciousness, bleeding, fracture) are taken to the ambulance to the hospital, all the others must come to the doctor themselves, even if the child has a temperature of 39.5.
Olga, 40, married, two children, designer: A good private insurance for a family of four people costs about 700 euros a month, while it almost always has an annual deductible, that is, up to a certain amount you pay yourself, and the rest is covered by insurance . There are many pluses: individual chambers in the hospital, a larger list of services, including homeopathy, and even the best doctors often serve only patients with private insurance, and on the state allocate a little time for admission, so they have big turns.
We tried private, but still it’s a big burden on the family budget, and went into the state budget. Among the state insurance, too, there are different: some pay half of the services of a personal midwife or pool, treatment of problems with the back, others – in fact, only acute cases. But all insurance is loyal to children. For example, for a doctor prescribed adult medication you need to pay 10 euros for each, regardless of their cost, and all children are given free of charge.
from 80 euros per month.
Moving around the city, the area of which is 900 square kilometers – a pleasure not cheap, but it’s really a pleasure! Transport runs on schedule, you can get to any place at any time (even at night there are special buses), take a bicycle to the train – all this gives the Berliners the opportunity to refuse personal cars. The cost of a monthly travel card is 80-100 euros, depending on the zone. A serious saving is a student card. They say there are cunning people who are registered at the university for years, only to use the student’s travel card: it is twice cheaper than the annual subscription.
Service Uber operates in Berlin at the rates of an ordinary taxi, it is competitively competed by the recently increased karshering. Services Car2Go, DriveNow, Stadtauto, Flinkster allow inexpensive to get to the airport and from there, take home purchases or take the child away from the grandmother. In summer, the rental of mopeds and bicycles is relevant. Berlin is a very bicycling city with a wide network of bike paths, it has flat terrain and lots of bike parks. True, bicycles are often stolen here – up to 80 pieces per day.
Dmitry, 35 years old, working student: Now we have an apartment in walking distance from Bergmannstrasse and Akacienstrasse and 15 minutes on a bike to Coo. I am a student, so I go on a student’s, and my wife on public transport moves very rarely, mostly on foot or on two wheels. We do not have machines, since in Berlin it is not needed. In case of need, we use rent for long trips or for the city.
from 350 euros per month.
In supermarkets in Berlin, perhaps, the lowest prices in Germany. This is noted both by the Germans themselves and by tourists from other European countries. But there is a big difference in price and in the quality of products between discounters like Netto and biomagazines, for example Denn’s. The former sell inexpensive food and essential commodities, the latter adhere to the concept of conscious consumption – there you can find goji berries and three kinds of movies, a regiment and curved vegetables grown on biomass. The prices in the biomagazines motivate not to buy too many products, which then will have to be partially discarded. In the middle price segment is Rewe – perhaps the most favorite supermarket in Berlin. The ripe and inexpensive fruits and vegetables can be found in the Turkish supermarkets Eurogida or in the Turkish markets. There you can buy hummus, lamb, fresh herbs with huge bundles and lentils.
Dmitry: I’m engaged in purchasing: I go to the store twice a week, I spend 30 euros. In products, we do not limit ourselves, but we also do not disdain, for example, the cheap Ja mark. Once a week we go to the Turkish market, we spend about 25 euros there – it’s both pleasure and saving. It turns out 350 euros about a month.
Anna, 32, journalist: We buy products approximately every two days, we spend 10-15 euros each. Leaves at least 40 euros a week – respectively, 160 euros a month minimum.
Olga, 40, designer: We have two children, and, despite the food in the school and kindergarten, both then lunch at home again, and then dinner. I also often dine at home or take food with me: this is a significant saving, since even an inexpensive lunch costs five to seven euros. Therefore, the products take quite a lot – from 400 euros per month. True, we do not save on food, often try new or experiment. This amount is heavily influenced by the amount of alcohol bought and consumed, as well as the number of guests who came or came this month.
Entertainment and restaurants.
from 150 euros per month.
Thanks to the large Italian diaspora in Berlin, a huge number of Italian restaurants with pizza for ten euros. There are more Turkish kebabs and donery here than traditional currywursts. All of them are competing also countless Vietnamese and Thai snack bars with huge portions of fores and curry for five or six euros.
In Berlin, great street food and very few restaurants marked with one or two Michelin stars. Berlin is not about high cuisine, although oysters with champagne are also here. He talks about doner at night after dancing in the club, about coffee with freshly baked rolls in the morning, about lunch in an Indian restaurant and a hearty dinner with beer and sausages.
Berlin is much cheaper than Western countries, but more expensive than the Warsaw Pact countries: in Poland, ten euros can be densely dined with alcohol. Therefore, Poland – one of the favorite destinations for a weekend trip, the benefit of it is close.
Dmitry: Before the appearance of children, we often visited public catering. The average bill for two is about 30-35 euros with a wine-beer. We usually went twice a week. I think the cost of any active Berliner is coffee. Two glasses with you and one in the morning with a loaf of bread a day – it’s already five to seven euros a day. Before the birth of children it was possible to go three or four times a year to short trips for two or three days and twice to long, to the sea.
With children, while our expenses have decreased due to the refusal to go to restaurants and bars, but in the future they, I think, will increase greatly. Again, we have to look for an apartment more.
Children’s needs.
From 200 euros per month.
In the city it is convenient to walk with a stroller, there is a lot of entertainment for children of any age, playgrounds, sports clubs, libraries and equestrian clubs. There are special game museums for children and children’s sections in adult museums. In Berlin, there is a project of bilingual schools for bilingual children: there are more than ten such schools. In addition to public schools, there are many private, education in which is relatively inexpensive and good.
Anna: I alone raise a daughter, she is now seven years old, and she goes to the second class of a regular public German school. Payment for school meals (among other things, very tasty, with the option of choosing menus) – 37 euros, prolongation – 10 euros. Before that, we went to a Russian-German kindergarten, for which I paid 75 euros a month. My daughter goes to dance for 35 euros a month, and also to the Russian Saturday school for 25 euros a month. Travel in the subway for her – 29 euros per month.
The child grows very quickly, so you have to buy new shoes quite often. I do this mostly on the eBay bulletin board, it’s getting cheaper. In the same place I sell worn children’s clothes and shoes. On entertainment, we do not spend much money, but we regularly go to museums, concerts and holidays. This takes about 100 euros a month. Although there are enough free activities here, what we use very often. You can find out about them on different sites. Regularly we go to other cities and countries, and although everything seems to be close in Europe, every trip costs no less than 150 euros: tickets for a child are slightly cheaper than tickets for an adult. For a comfortable stay in Berlin, I think you need at least 2 thousand euros a month for a small family. This is the minimum.
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