What is the cost of living in Berlin? How expensive is it? I moved to Berlin in February 2019 and figured it’s time to share my budget with you. Prior to moving to Berlin, I lived in New York City, London, Vienna, and Berlin (ya, I know). In this post, I simply want to give you a brief breakdown of my Berlin budget.
Disclaimer: We all have different lifestyles, life situations, needs, and preferences. My budget may not work for you and that’s the beauty about budgeting – it’s very personal and 100% customizable.
Prior to diving into my Berlin budget, I highly recommend checking out this summary about the cost of living in Berlin. It may give you a broader and better idea about the cost of things in Berlin.
My Berlin Budget 2019
|50% Rent (incl. Water, Heating, etc.)||€247|
|Urban Sports Club||€80|
Most of the categories listed on here are pretty self explanatory.
Let me dive into the ones that might not be.
- 50% – These are categories of expenses that I split with my S.O.
- Public transportation – As of right now, this is not something that I spend money on. My current workplace is paying for it.
- Electricity: My share of the bill is actually just around €25 however, I pay a little more every month to ensure that I’ll never have to pay extra and get a refund at the end of the year 😉
- Eating out – I greatly enjoy eating out right now and may make my budget a little bigger.
- Gym membership: I signed up to a gym the minute I moved here and greatly enjoyed going there. While I’d still go to some of the classes, I am much happier with Urban Sports Club and aim to cancel my gym membership as soon as I can.
- Urban Sports Club – I go to a Mysore style ashtanga yoga studio 3-5x per week for 2 hours each, I do weight lifting once a week, aerial yoga once a week, and now that it’s cold outside I also go to the sauna 2x per week. Is it worth it? Absolutely.
- Clubbing – I love dancing my face off to industrial techno. Entry fees to most clubs are between €15 to €20, sometimes €10.
- Etc. – This category is for everything that doesn’t quite fit into the above-mentioned categories. Some of these include but are not limited to: household, clothing, toiletries, piercings, hobbies, etc.
- Travel – This is money that I don’t actually spend every month. Instead, every single month I put €100 into an account dedicated to travel. When I do go on trips then I can, if need be, pull it from this particular account.
That’s it for my Berlin budget.
Of course, as my life changes, so does my budget. A budget is nothing static and shouldn’t be. It allows me to live my best life after all, and needs can and do change.
What about you? Where do you live and do you budget?
Let me know in the comments! 🙂
Also, if you’ve got any questions, feel free to ask away in the comment section!