So you’re new in town, got your new flat or room, and as it’s typical in Germany, it is empty, non-furnished: No bed, no closet, no desk. Here’s how to get these things for free.

TV on the street
Sometimes, you can even find stuff on the street.

But instead of buying furniture you can just get it for free. And not only furniture, even a fridge or washing machine! Here are the sources:

Facebook groups

A list of more “free your stuff” groups by Berlin’s district is on Expatwiki.

BSR Verschenkmarkt

BSR Verschenkmarkt: Berlin’s public cleansing service runs their own portal. People can post their stuff to give (“Verschenke”) or to exchange (“Tausche”). Since many users here still want to get something in return, you will see mostly exchange ads like “Fridge in exchange for 10 liters of milk”. But mostly, it’s  still a good deal, I once got a laser printer/fax for 4 bottles of multivitamin juice. 😀


eBay-Kleinanzeigen, Zu verschenken: Ebay’s German ad service does also offer a “for free” category.


Craiglist also has a Berlin category.

Do you know more? Feel free to add them in the comments!

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