How have rental prices in Berlin developed compared to the previous year? How much does a square meter cost in the individual districts and neighborhoods? Is it worth buying rather than renting an apartment or house in the long term? The answers to all these questions can only be found here!
Rent Price Development Berlin 2011-2023
The housing shortage and the increasing demand for housing is a well-known problem in Berlin, which every year anew causes discussions between citizens, tenants' associations, property managers and brokers as well as local politics.
The price difference is most noticeable in the various apartment sizes. Smaller apartments of 30m2 are more sought-after and therefore much more expensive per square meter on average than larger apartments. For example, the rental price in 2022 for a 30m2 apartment was €18.44 per square meter. A 60m2 or 100m2 apartment, by comparison, was just about €14.46 or €15.08 per square meter.
The average local comparative rent in Berlin 2023 is €24.81 per square meter.
Rent index Berlin 2022 table
Note: The rent indexes available at www.wohnungsboerse.net are not compiled or recognized by the municipalities or stakeholders, but are based solely on an evaluation of the real estate portal based on the listed rental apartments. Since each apartment differs in terms of year of construction, residential location and amenities, the rent indices are not a basis for an exact calculation of the rent per square meter, but only a guide. Please contact your municipality to find out the actual and recognized rent index for calculating the exact price per square meter for your apartment.
Apartments for rent in Berlin
Apartments are still the most sought-after residential property. Accordingly, rents in Berlin's districts are also high. The cold rents are above the national average. Currently (as of January 2023), the average rent for a 30m2 apartment in Berlin is around €28.10 per square meter. Since small apartments are particularly sought-after by singles, apartments of this size are the most expensive in Berlin.
The situation is somewhat more favorable for somewhat larger apartments. For example, a 60m2 apartment in Berlin 2023 costs an average of €23.88 per square meter and a 100m2 apartment around €20.50 per square meter. So if you prefer something a little more spacious, you can sometimes get away with a lower price, depending on the location and district.
With a rent of quite reasonable €11.64 per square meter, you get by far the cheapest living space in all of Berlin in the Hellersdorf district in the Marzahn-Hellersdorf borough. The counterpart as by far the most expensive spot in Berlin - and no, it's not Mitte - is the Oberschöneweide district in the Treptow-Köpenick district, which costs a staggering €35.70 (!). But you're in the middle of the countryside, which is nice.
How much rent can I afford? The question of all questions. Our guide will give you the answer, including simple sample calculations.
Rental price overview
The rental prices (per square meter) in the individual Berlin districts:
Rental prices of 5 popular districts to live in Berlin
1. rent index Berlin Mitte: with 28,03€ per square meter Mitte belongs to one of the most expensive districts of Berlin
Features: 24 hour entertainment, lots of shopping and center for art, culture and politics.
2. Berlin Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg: €26.20 - €26.71
Features: Lively and walking residential area with some parks and entertainment options. Very varied gastronomy
3. Berlin Charlottenburg: €25.08 per square meter
Features: Home of the Ku'damm and thus lively neighborhood with many shopping opportunities, diverse gastronomy & beautiful old buildings.
4. Berlin Wedding: €23.89 per square meter
Features: suitable for families, cheaper & quieter residential area
5. Berlin Köpenick-Treptow: €19.79 - €28.62 per square meter
Features: quiet residential area with lots of forest and water areas for recreation. Especially suitable for families & seniors. In our Guide: Living in Berlin Köpenick you will find more information to help you decide.
Are you currently looking for an apartment in Berlin? Then find out everything you need to know on our comprehensive guide to renting an apartment in Berlin.
Average rent in Berlin districts in 2023
All other Berlin districts from A-Z:
Adlershof: 27,73 € perm2
Alt-Hohenschönhausen: 15,28 € perm2
Altglienicke: 15,27 € perm2
Biesdorf: 22,19 € perm2
Bohnsdorf: 22,48 € perm2
Britz: 17,72 € perm2
Book: 18,18 € perm2
Buckow: 15,40 € perm2
Dahlem: 31,75 € perm2
French: 13,93 € perm2
Friedenau: 20,024 € perm2
Friedrichsfelde: 26,40 € perm2
Friedrichshagen: 15,73 € perm2
Frohnau: 15,64 € perm2
Grünau: 19,53 € perm2
Grunewald: 20,99 € perm2
Haselhorst: 16,44 € perm2
Heiligensee: 19,68 € perm2
Heinersdorf: 20,41 € perm2
Hellersdorf: 11,64 € perm2
Hermsdorf: 14,97 € perm2
Johannisthal: 16,96 € perm2
Karlshorst: 18,48 € perm2
Karow: 14,70 € perm2
Kaulsdorf: 14,99 € perm2
Konradshöhe: 17,93 € perm2
Lankwitz: 20,09 € perm2
Lichtenberg: 20,13 € perm2
Lichtenrade: 17,66 € perm2
Lichterfelde: 16,68 € perm2
Mahlsdorf: 18,61 € perm2
Mariendorf: 20,03 € perm2
Marienfelde: 25,18 € perm2
Marzahn: 18,94 € perm2
Moabit: 15,18 € perm2
Neu-Hohenschönhausen: 13,48 € perm2
Neukölln: 20,54 € perm2
Niederschöneweide: 19,37 € perm2
Niederschönhausen: 22,26 € perm2
Nikolassee: 17,00 € perm2
Oberschöneweide: 35,70 € perm2
Pankow: 21,72 € perm2
Plänterwald: 23,98 € perm2
Prenzlauer Berg: 25,77 € perm2
Rahnsdorf: 18,45 € perm2
Reinickendorf: €18.83 perm2
Rosenthal: 17,61 € perm2
Rudow: 14,40 € perm2
Rummelsburg: 15,87 € perm2
Schmargendorf: 27,93 € perm2
Schmöckwitz: 18,39 € perm2
Schöneberg 22,22 € perm2
Siemensstadt: 19,00 € perm2
Spandau: 17,48 € perm2
Staaken: 16,15 € perm2
Steglitz: 18,14 € perm2
Tegel: 18,58 € perm2
Tempelhof: 20,26 € perm2
Zoo 25,00 € perm2
Waidmannslust: 19,26 € perm2
Wannsee: 17,62 € perm2
Weissensee: 15,20 € perm2
Wilmersdorf: 25,75 € perm2
Wittenau: 17,44 € perm2
Zehlendorf: 17,18 € perm2
Price per square meter for houses in Berlin
Even though apartments are by far the most popular residential property, houses are also becoming increasingly popular - especially when there is a new generation on the doorstep and living space is becoming too tight. The rent for a house in Berlin is below the national average. Currently (as of January 2023), the average rent for a 100m2 house in Berlin is around €17.89 per square meter. The larger the house, the higher the rental prices, it seems. Because, for 50 square meters more, you pay just under €0.40 more per square meter - €18.25. The price per square meter for a 200m2 house is €19.67.
A house for rent can currently be found cheapest in Müggelheim for €12.32 per square meter. Speaking of renting: How about buying a house instead of renting? The average purchase price for a house in Berlin is currently around €5,521.21 per square meter. Compared to the purchase price per square meter for an apartment, that's just under €800 (!) less - €795.57. That's a tidy saving and pays off in the long run.
Summary of the 2022 rent index
We looked at average rents by district and came up with a decent price difference of €32.82 per square meter between the cheapest district, Hellersdorf, where the square meter costs €10.95, and the most expensive district, Oberschöneweide in the Treptow-Köpenick district, where the square meter costs a hefty €43.77.
💶 How expensive is rent in Berlin?
On average, the square meter in Berlin costs €24.81. Depending on the district and residential location, the rent per square meter can vary.
📊 Where in Berlin is it cheapest?
The cheapest place to live in Berlin is Hellersdorf.
📈 How have rents developed in Berlin?
Compared with the previous year, rents per square meter have risen. In some districts, the price has risen more significantly, in other districts only slightly or not at all.
🏠Which rent index applies in Berlin?
The Berlin rent index is determined annually by the Senate Department for Urban Development, Construction and Housing.
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