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Private Accommodations

You are welcome to make your own living arrangements for the duration of the summer course program. We have put together a list of links for you that might help in your search for a room in a shared apartment or Wohngemeinschaft (abbreviated as “WG”) or in a hostel.

Rooms or shared apartments in Berlin

Hostels in Berlin

Private Hosts

We have a limited number of rooms in private residences available for participants in the “Berlin at its best - Learn the Language, Experience the Culture” and “Authors in Berlin – Berlin Authors: Literature Course” programs.

  • € 500,- for a single room, breakfast included

Our private hosts usually live alone. Their apartments are not necessarily close to Freie Universität, but there is never more than a 50-minute commute to the university.
We can only make reservations for these rooms during the program period, starting with the first day (arrival) of the program and ending with the last day (departure). If you wish to make arrangements for before or after the summer course, please contact your host directly.

Accommodations in Hotel Transit

Hagelberger Straße 53-54


  • Location

Hotel Transit is located in the Kreuzberg district in the heart of Berlin. One of Berlin’s most popular neighborhoods is just around the corner along the famous Bergmannstraße.

The Mehringdamm subway station is just a 5-minute walk from the hotel. Lines U6 and U7 intersect there.

It takes about 35-40 minutes to get from the hotel to Freie Universität. The best way is by subway.

  • Amenities
  • 24 hour hotel reception desk
  • Café/bar in the lobby
  • Nice rooms with lots of light. All rooms have a full bathroom.
  • No bunk beds (not even in the multi-person rooms)
  • WLAN
  • Bed linens and towels
  • Regular room cleaning services
  • A big breakfast buffet

The hotel does not provide any kitchen or laundry facilities for guests. But there are laundromats nearby on Mehringdamm.

  • Costs

25 overnights, breakfast included

Arrival date: August 3rd, 2020; departure date: August 28th, 2020


Price per night


Single room

€ 57,50

€ 1.437,50


€ 34,50

€ 862,50


€ 27,50

€ 687,50

4-person room

€ 25,00

€ 625,00

5-person room

€ 20,80

€ 520,00

6-person room 

€ 18,40

€ 460,00

Public Transportation

A monthly pass for Berlin local public transportation (subway, S-Bahn, bus, tram) costs € 81,-. Unfortunately, there are no reduced student rates available during the official dates of the summer program.

You can purchase your ticket upon arrival in Berlin (Schönefeld Airport, Tegel Airport, or at the central railway station) at any of the BVG ticket counters or from one of the BVG ticket machines. BVG stands for “Berliner Verkehrsgesellschaft,” the company that runs Berlin’s public transportation. You can pay with cash or debit card.

If you choose to buy your ticket from one of the ticket machines, please follow these steps:

  • Touch the screen.
  • Select “Andere Fahrscheine.”
  • Select “Monatskarte gleitend.”
  • Select “Berlin AB.”
  • Select “Umweltkarte.”
  • Then enter the current date (for example, “3. August”).
  • Then pay with either cash or debit card.

We recommend you buy your ticket as soon as you arrive. It saves you money and gives you lots of flexibility for getting around the city.

We are happy to buy a ticket for you in advance, which you will then receive from us when you arrive at the university. But you will still need to purchase a single ticket to get from your point of arrival to the university. A single ticket for zones ABC (for example, if you are coming from Schönefeld Airport into the city) costs € 3,30; a single ticket for zones AB costs € 2,70.

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