6. December 2016–
Berlin is home to a number of co-working spaces, spots around the city where creative types – freelancers, writers and entrepreneurs – come to get things done.
Those looking to surround themselves with inspired, motivated and like-minded people, while building their startup or getting situated in the city, might consider opting for a co-working space over a café or working from home.
Many co-working spaces also offer events and networking opportunities, making it a great way to grow contacts in the city.
Below are seven of Berlin's co-working spaces compared side by side.
Betahaus - What started in 2009 as a co-working space in Berlin has since spread to Hamburg, Sophia and Barcelona.
Hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., unless you have a plan with 24/7 access.
Pricing: A day pass will cost you €15. The part-time plan, which is 12 days per month, starts at €89. The full-time plan, five days per week, starts at €159. Those interested in a team room can expect upwards of €299. The team room plan includes 24/7 access, a locker and mailbox.
Internet: No information is listed, but it is safe to assume internet access is included in the plans.
Capacity: With 6,000 square meters of space, Betahaus Berlin has 500 active members.
Co.up - A loft style working space split between two floors in Kreuzberg.
Hours: Officially from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Pricing: A day pass costs €15 and there is an additional €10 fee for all users. Other plans include the part-time flex desk, 11 passes for €115 per month, and the full-time flex desk, unlimited use during normal operating hours.
Internet: 50 MBit DSL + failover line, 802.11n and b+g Wifi, 10Mbit upload
Capacity: Both spaces combined offer approximately 300 square meters of space. This translates to around 30 people.
Extras: Co.up offers group events, free meeting room use and a free day for those interested in trying out the space.
creative|media|lab - Situated in the heart of Berlin, this co-working space boasts a 14th story view of Alexanderplatz.
Hours: 24/7 access with certain plans.
Pricing: A day ticket starts at €25; a weekly ticket at €100. The virtual plan, five days per month, offers unlimited internet and 24/7 access for €95 per month. A fixed desk with mail service, 24/7 access and the WLAN is €250 per month. This same plan, without a fixed desk, is available for €200.
Internet: Each plan includes unlimited internet use.
Capacity: No information is provided on capacity but they do boast a 14th floor view over Alexanderplatz.
Nest - This Kreuzberg co-working space is directly connected with the Nest café and offers a view of Görlitzer Park.
Hours: Monday through Sunday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Pricing: A day ticket runs €12. Renting a room on a monthly basis for a group (i.e. your startup!) starts at €400.
Internet: WiFi with 50Mbit VDSL.
Capacity: The space consists of four large rooms, roughly 150 square meters each. This translates to enough space for 23 people.
Office Club - Relaunched in 2016 after its first five years, Office Club, believes its "refined atmosphere" is great for working and important meetings.
Hours: From Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. However, 24/7 access is available with certain plans.
Pricing: Shared desks start at an entry fee of €29, which includes 2 days per month. Additional days cost €19. Also be prepared to pay €19 more for 24/7 access. Other charges also exist meaning it can add up quickly. Renting a fixed desk per month is €299, which includes a business address and 24/7 access. The most expensive plan is €399.
Internet: Access to "high speed WiFi" is included in all the plans offered.
Capacity: No information is provided on capacity.
Raumstation - What used to be a porcelain factory in the Moabit district was converted into a co-working space.
Hours: 24/7 access.
Pricing: Plans vary between €80 and €245 euros, depending on length of stay. They also offer a test day for free.
Internet: We assume they have internet, but no information is directly listed.
Capacity: The building is six stories high and each floor offers 10 desks max.
Extras: No minimum stay required. Raumstation offers a guided tour every Thursday at 5 p.m.
St. Oberholz - With multiple locations around Berlin, Sankt Oberholz offers several
plans for people interested in using their space.
Hours: Essentially 24 hours, but it depends on the plan.
Pricing: St. Oberholz offers a "fixed desk" for €279 per month. It costs €159 for a "hot desk," meaning you can work at one of two locations if space is available. Day tickets are €15.
Internet: They have Wifi and say it is fast.
Capacity: No numbers are listed on the website, but their Rosenthaler Platz location is 600 square meters.
Extras: Be sure to check out their lost and found items. Sankt Oberholz also offers free printing and lockers for rent.