Berlin, Germany - spontaneous, fun, lively, creative, off-the-wall
I would definitely return to Berlin, it's a brilliant city with so much going on and a great atmosphere. It's a laid back city, packed full of activity. Finding somewhere to stay was difficult though, as at the beginning of September there are so many students looking for housing. It took me 3 weeks to find a room to rent. I'd recommend going out just before September or trying to organise something via email. I would definitely recommend Berlin; it's very cheap and good for students. There are quite a lot of English speakers there; you have to be quite disciplined to speak German, so make the effort to speak it was as many people as possible.
Useful local words: ‘Bienenstich’ - a delicious cake from the bakers.
What not to pack: Too many books and a dictionary - you can get them out here.
What to pack: Some music and a notebook for vocab.
Couldn't have done without: The odd English newspaper.
Word of advice: Don’t miss these websites: www.wg-gesucht.de and www.studenten-wg.de/Berlin which are really helpful on the accommodation front.
JC, French and German, Bristol University
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