Student Life in Berlin


The third and final year of the Forward expedition takes place in Berlin, the European Union’s most populous city. With incredible architecture and extensive green areas full of parks, gardens, canals, and lakes near the city centre, the German capital is perfect for enjoying sunny days.

Berlin is also famous for its many museums such as the Dahlem Museums, the Egyptian Museum, and the Berlin Cultural Forum, home of the New National Gallery. The city is also renowned for its technology industries, being home to some of the world’s largest and best-known companies.

The Learning Centre

Located in the popular neighbourhood of Kreuzberg, famous for its thrift shops, street art and cool coffee places, our Learning Centre is at The Factory Görlitzer Park. The Factory is a coworking with spaces designed for optimal creativity, innovation and to facilitate interactions within the community. There you will find:


Study rooms


Shared offices


Network events


Restaurant & cafe


At The Factory, our students study amidst a dynamic ecosystem, made up of renowned companies such as McKinsey, Siemens, Shell, Google for Startups, and Henkel dx, as well as prestigious educational institutions like Code University and Miami Ad School.

This ecosystem not only exposes them to professionals from various fields but also facilitates connections with peers from other universities. 


The Student Residence – Spreepolis

Our students will live together in Spreepolis – a residence for international students located in the Schöneweide district, a former important industrial area on the bank of the river Spree, now renovated and home to studios, galleries, and museums. Spreepolis is a 25-minute bike ride from the Factory and 40 minutes by public transport.

Spreepolis is situated in a central area, two minutes from the Kaisersteg Promenade park, close to supermarkets and served by public transport.

Discover more about Spreepolis  here

You will have access to:


Common living room area


Gym equipment


Garden with barbecue


In-house laundromat


Student life, activities, sports and more

Berlin has a world-famous nightlife that attracts around three million people annually but beyond that it’s a great city for galleries and museums, to go for walks in the parks, or just to explore by bike or the extensive public transport system.

Cost of living in Berlin

Let’s take a look at some of the costs you may have in your third year studying at Forward’s Berlin campus.

Activities Costs per week Cost per month Cost per academic year (52 weeks)
Student home From €135 to €167 From €540 to €670 From €7,020 to €8,710
Private health insurance €30 €120 €1,560
Public transport pass €12.25 €49 €637
Groceries From €50 to €75 From €200 to €300 From €2,600 to €3,900
Mobile Phone Plan €2.50 €10 €130
Leisure activities and daily expenses* From €25 to €50 From €100 to €200 From €1,300 to €2,600
Activity Costs
Meal in a average restaurant €18
Take away in a bakery (lunch menus, sandwiches…) €10
Coffee €2.50
Cinema ticket €10
Nightclub entry €10
Single metro ticket €3

*includes gym, nightlife, cinema and other types of entertainment.

10 tips from our students before joining the Berlin campus 

Studying abroad is one of the most important decisions in your life. By deciding to join Forward you will be pushed out of your comfort zones on a number of occasions: you will transition from high school to university, learn autonomy, live away from your family in a new country, be immersed in a multicultural student body so it’s a good idea to get prepared before arriving. Here are a few tips from our students:

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