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Berlin Expat Lifestyle Hacks

Updated: Oct 25, 2019

I've been floating around this city morphing into about 10 different characters.

Chasing Ubahns.

Doing flips at acro pole classes

über Deutsche Sätze fummeln

Dancing under trains w/ Sudio Headphones, drowning out the noise of this eccentric city.

Mind you I've tasted Europe before; France, Italy & the UK for months or years at a time.

But there is something about Germany I can’t quite put my finger on...

Maybe because it's stretching me more than any city ive lived in these 6+ expat years.

The cultural differences that make me face my fears.

The bureaucratic structures that require a detail-oriented mindset.

Or the international melting pot that engulfs me here in #berlin

I've lived in about 4 different cities during my time.

Each came with their own secrets & lessons.

$ Leipzig- up & coming alternative artist oasis

$ Bernau- forests, lakes, small town with few foreigners, far from the city

$$ Prenzlauer Berg- family-friendly, safe, parks, fountains, theaters & trams

$$$ Kreuzberg- diverse, upbeat, full of hidden bars, cafes; its charming vibe also attracts gentrification


Here are a few practical resources I used to support my long term transition.

This list is NOT about clubs or shops to visit. It's filled with links for companies I currently utilize to make my longterm integration in Germany/Europe easier.

Feel free to use my codes for discounts and free trials, I promise they will help you!

Share it with your friends visiting, studying or moving to Berlin!



Peer-to-peer ridesharing, ride service hailing, food delivery, and a bicycle-sharing system.

Promo Code: jazzp333ue


Electric scooter and bike rentals in over 100 countries around the world, helping connect communities in a fun affordable manner.

Promo Code: RTMLIX2


Main public transport company in Berlin for trams, buses and trains. Purchase tickets, check schedules and navigate the city.


German car rental company for short and long term trips.


The world's leading long-distance carpooling service, connecting drivers with empty seats to people traveling the same way.

Free Now

Order a taxi and pay easily with this app. Available in 100+ cities across Europe and multiple daily deals available!

Promo Code: jazz.pri


Electric bikes and scooters available on-demand via app.



Create a free mobile bank account and Mastercard that you can manage directly from your phone. Easily withdraw local currency anywhere in Europe to avoid international fees.

Promo Code: jasminep5567


Whether you are a business owner, professional or freelancer, Payoneer offers you multiple ways to get paid online by international clients and global companies.


Splitwise is a free tool for friends and roommates to track bills and other shared expenses, so that everyone gets paid back.


PayPal is the faster, safer way to send money, make an online payment, receive money or set up a merchant account.

Apple Pay

Apple Pay lets you make secure purchases in stores, in apps, and on the web. And now send and receive money from friends and family right in Messages.

Language Development & Communication

SpeakEasy Berlin

German Language school with morning & night classes for all levels.

Focuses on interactive, conversation-based learning experience.


Learn 30+ languages online with bite-size mobile lessons based on science.

Google Translate

Google's free service instantly translates words, phrases, and web pages between English and over 100 other languages.


Free messaging or video chat app for your phone. Download Skype for your computer, mobile, or tablet to stay in touch with family and friends all over the world.


With WhatsApp, you'll get fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free*, available on phones all over the world.


Instantly reach the people in your life—for free. Messenger is just like texting, but you don't have to pay for every message

Lifestyle & Community

Sudio Headphones

Wireless, soundproof earphones perfect for a person on the go, in a fast pace city.

Use code: “vagabond” for 15% off ANY Sudio Headphones 🎧

Urban Sports Club

The most flexible and diverse sports offer with over 50 types of sports and over 6000 partner venues in 6 countries across Europe. Pick a sport, plug in your availability, location and find the nearest facility.

Promo Code: JP64582

Berlin Creatives Network

A FaceBook group for local creatives to share advice, offer services and resources.


A FaceBook group for local artist to share advice, submit gigs, open castings, collaborations and aplace to exhibit your craft.

Stay connected behind the scenes to see how I've sourced all this information.

You'll catch trial and a whole lot of error as I tell my raw story surviving Berlin.

Instagram: @vagabond.jazz

Facebook: Vagabond Jazz

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