What's the best (not too expensive) place to rent a small apartment/room in Berlin?

What's the best (not too expensive) place to rent a small apartment/room in Berlin?

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Berlin is a vibrant city with many different areas that can seem a bit overwhelming when you want to find rental housing. You may ask the question “What’s the best (not too expensive) place to rent a small apartment/room in Berlin”?. It is good to start with deciding on your budget and how much you can pay for your rental housing in Berlin. As a student or expat you usually have a limited budget and other requirements such as close distance to school or work. Include this in your research to find a place that matches your wishes. 

Berlin generally has a reputation of being a city where it is possible to find relatively cheap apartments and rooms in relation to other large European capitals. If you are willing to live a bit East of central Berlin it is possible to find cheap rents. The lowest rents in Berlin can be found in Mahlsdorf and Hellersdorf ca 30 minutes from the city center. These areas are full of small apartments and rooms available for people that have a tighter budget but still wish to live within close distance of the center.

Wilmersdorf is another affordable area located 20 minutes west of Berlin city centre. This is a common area to live for people moving to Berlin for the first time. If you wish to live directly in the bustling city centre of Berlin it is always a good starting point to look for shared apartments. Living many people together will decrease your rent and make it possible to live more centrally, but not too expensive.