Berlin too expensive to live in? Then off to Cottbus!

Metropolis or small town? A decision that saves a lot of money when living.

The online platform Immoscout determined that a Berliner has to spend 28 percent of his income on his rent, while a Cottbus resident only spends 16 percent.

On average, a Berliner currently pays 10.59 euros/m² net cold. That is much less than in Munich (16.27), Frankfurt (12.43), Stuttgart (12.22) or Hamburg (12.04) and Cologne (11.04).

But: Capital rents are increasing extremely dynamically! Namely by plus six percent in the last quarter compared to the same period last year.

Cloudy day in Berlin (symbol image) (Photo: picture alliance/Paul Zinken)
View of the Oberbaum Bridge between Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain (Photo: picture alliance/Paul Zinken)

And the regional comparison? Rent seekers in the capital have to calculate 741 euros net for a two-room apartment.

In Cottbus, 130 kilometers away, 5.63 euros are charged. Here, the 70 m² apartment would only cost half that at 394 euros.

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Living in new buildings has become even more expensive: prices in Berlin rose by 8.8 percent to an average of 14.41 euros/m². And in Cottbus also significantly by 5.2 percent to 7.90 euros/m².

Real estate experts expect prices for existing apartments in Cottbus to rise by 3.2 percent this year, and rents in new buildings that are no more than two years old by 5.4 percent.

And another interesting difference: while in the university town of Cottbus there are just two people interested in an ad per week, in Berlin there are 174 reactions to an offer on the Internet.


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