Looking for a place or post address in Berlin asap

category: general [glöplog]
Hi everyone,

I'll be starting a new job within the next 2 to 3 weeks in Berlin and am currently looking either for a room where I can pay rent to be there until I find my own place (currently in the Netherlands) .
A post address where I could write in would be totally amazing as well, of course I would cover any costs this can incur.
A lot of official things need me to have an address to get started.

If anybody from the scene has any tips or knows anyone they could ask then it'd be greatly appreciated.

All the best
added on the 2018-08-20 15:41:27 by andr0 andr0
Thanks havoc !
added on the 2018-08-20 16:38:50 by andr0 andr0
My German is pretty bad and google translate isn't nailing it, but I can't see anywhere that I can use these rental places as an actual address to write in. Any help with finding that out would be really appreciated.
added on the 2018-08-22 08:49:05 by andr0 andr0
I'm not sure which part of it you're having trouble with but the contact details are on the left side (Kontaktinformationen):

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And the address of the place to be rented is at the bottom of the page, within the Google maps widget thing (you may need to click a button in it labelled "Karte einblenden"):

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"Kalischer Straße 24" being the street address and "10713 Berlin" being the zip code, of course.
added on the 2018-08-22 11:22:22 by fizzer fizzer
if I got andr0 right, he's looking for a postal address where other people can write to and that mail would be forwarded to him. Kind of like a PO box with forwarding. In German: "Deutsche Lieferadresse"
added on the 2018-08-22 11:43:47 by merkur merkur
hi andr0,

… and google translate isn't nailing it, …

this may also be of interest to others and the translation works much better than google translate:


use these rental places as an actual address to write in

if with "write in" you mean the dutch "inschrijven", that's indeed not possible unless you either buy a house/flat or rent one with a regular "mietvertrag" (which usually involves 2/3 months upfront). you can't make use of "paketbox" or other similar services from official postcompanies without being registered/"ingeschreven" either. huifkar is different, they'll give you a valid "lieferadresse" based on your dutch address. but you can't claim that address as residence, of course. hope it helps :)
added on the 2018-08-22 13:18:06 by havoc havoc
Thanks for all the tips everyone ! Appreciate it !
added on the 2018-08-23 13:00:03 by andr0 andr0
Couple more things. The magic word for finding a room is "Wohngemeinschaft", or short, "WG". There are several sites where you can find those, the biggest one being https://www.wg-gesucht.de/wg-zimmer-in-Berlin. For most offers a longer-term commitment is expected, but there are always a few short-term offers as well.

Getting an appointment with the city can take a long time, as the institutions are notoriously overloaded. So do make an appointment as soon as possible. Don't worry about it too much though, for most stuff (health insurance etc) just any address will suffice, those institutions generally don't check whether the address you gave them is an official (Meldeadresse) one.
added on the 2018-08-23 14:39:17 by utz utz
Thanks a million !
added on the 2018-08-24 17:31:18 by andr0 andr0