Where to find help about life in Berlin?

Where to find help about life in Berlin?

Where to find support and answers to your question as a new Berliner, whether you speak English or German.

I try to answer as many questions as I can with this website, but there are still many stones left unturned and many questions left unanswered. Here is how you can find help for the topics I have not yet addressed.

Ask the English-speaking community

You can leverage the support of the following communities and its members.

  • Toytown Germany - THE English-speaking forum. While it's not as active as it once was, it still has thousands of threads you can search.
  • Free Advice Berlin - the largest Facebook support group in Berlin. They have a large user base that quickly answers most questions
  • Berlin EXPATS - another large Facebook group where expatriates living in Berlin support each other.
  • German Freelance Visa Help - a small but active Facebook group
  • /r/berlin - the main subreddit for Berlin. Make sure you read the rules before posting.
  • /r/germany - the English-speaking subreddit for Germany. They also have a lot of information and a large community that can answer your questions.
  • Quora - a general Q&A website

Ask the German-speaking community

If you can speak German, the following communities can also help you

  • Gutefrage - a popular German equivalent to Quora and Yahoo! Answers
  • /r/de - the main German-speaking subreddit for Germany. It's the largest German-speaking community on reddit
  • /r/FragReddit - a much smaller subreddit where you can ask questions in German
  • Jeder hilft jedem - the largest German-speaking Facebook advice group for Berlin. You must first request access by confirming that you have read the group's rules

Ask a professional

We have compiled a few lists of English-speaking professionals to help you find legal, financial and medical assistance in Berlin.

Visa issues

Medical issues

Financial and legal issues

Ask me

Write to contact@nicolasbouliane.com. I can't answer every question, but perhaps I can point you in the right direction.

Comments

  • Isabel Hernandez

    hi, I'm back in Berlin after 7 years.
    Did the Bürgeramt registration at the Bürgeramt Pankow with my european husband 7 years ago, I'm a USA citizen
    Now that I'm back I want to apply for a 1 year artists visa.
    I just go to the Bürgeramt to ask for a copy of my registration? and ask online for an appoiment in 2 moth for the Ausländerbehörde?

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    • Reply to Isabel Hernandez

    • Nicolas Bouliane

      You (hopefully) deregistered when you left Berlin, so you do not have a registered address there anymore. You will need to find a new apartment, register that address, get an appointment at the Ausländerbehörde, then apply for the artist visa there.

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      • Reply to Nicolas Bouliane

      • Isabel Hernandez

        I went to the Burgeramt and the give me a copy of my registration letter from 7 years a go.

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