NeighborhoodResidence selectionExpat pop.Relative costCommute to centrePrivacy/low noiseRestaurantsBars / night lifeShopping
Mitte: MoabitQuiet on the river, and many buildings, but beautiful viewsMixedHighexcellentexcellentexcellentgoodexcellent
Pankow: Penzlauer BergChic, fully-fitted, well-renovated apartments in a lively, artistic neighborhoodMany expatsMid- rangegoodneutralexcellentexcellentexcellent
Charlottenburg & WilmersdorfHigh-end housings; diplomats live here and there are lots of familiesMany expatsHighgoodgoodgoodweakgood
Steglitz-Zehlendorf: SteglitzHigh-end housing in excellent repair, quick transit connections to the city centre, quietMixedHighneutralexcellentneutralweakgood
Tempelhof, Schoneberg, MariendorfEnd of the subway line, and has single-family homes and duplexes, all brand new and very affordableMixedMid to lowweakexcellentweakweakneutral
Steglitz-Zehlendorf: DahlemMuch like a village, many gorgeous houses; a bit far but good for the US consulate and faculty of the universityMany expatsMid- rangeweakexcellentweakgoodneutral
Mitte: TiergartenElegant apartments, but the downside is being close to the zoo, which smells in summerMixedHighexcellentgoodgoodgoodexcellent
Friedrichshain-KreuzbergNot as glamorous as Prenzlauer Berg, but rent is cheaper and the apartments often boast enormous rooms. Vibrant and buzzing nightlife scene.MixedMid- rangegoodneutralgoodexcellentexcellent
SpandauNot many expats choose to live in Spandau, but it does offer cheap rent, large apartmentsand easy access to town via the S-Bahn,.LowLowweakexcellentweakweakweak
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Relative proximity to healthcare is similar across the board; proximity to school is dependent on type of school