Job hunting in Berlin

Berlin is known as a hub for start-up companies and attracts some of the biggest employers in the world including Deutsche Bahn, Siemens, Zalando and Axel Springer. Not only is the city a great place to live, but it also offers access to unparalleled career opportunities, particularly if you’re considering staying in Germany for the long-term.

Finding a job in Berlin while studying

Working alongside studying is a good idea if you want to make some extra money and improve your German language skills. Students typically work as waiters/waitresses, babysitters or at their university assisting with job fairs and open days.

How can I find a job?

Many universities employ their students to assist them in running events or help with the facilities provided for students. You could, therefore, look for opportunities within your university first. You can also find out about jobs through the Bundesagentur Fur Arbeit (Federal Employment Agency), by looking on online job boards or searching in local newspapers.

BSBI provides students with access to JobTeaser, an online platform that allows recruiters to advertise jobs and for students to apply through the portal. This is a good way to find vacancies, particularly if you are interested in getting a job in a certain industry.

Working as an EU/EEA student

Under EU/EEA regulations (this also includes Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway or Switzerland), you can work up to 20 hours per week alongside studying. If you work longer hours than this, you will be required to pay into the German social security system. This may also have an impact on your studies.

Working as a non-EU student

If you are a non-EU/EEA student, you can work for 140 full days or 280 half days a year alongside your studies. Students working as student assistants or research assistants at BSBI do not need to count this work within the limit. You will need to inform the Alien Registration Office if you do undertake this type of work. It should be noted that non-EU students are not allowed to assume self-employment or take on freelance work.


Students who take on an internship during semester breaks will have to subtract this from the 140-day balance. However, if you have to complete a mandatory internship as part of your course, this is not subtracted from your balance.

How much can I earn?

Students can expect to earn roughly €450 per month, tax-free. Anything above €450 per month will be automatically taxed once you receive an income tax number. Some employers will withhold income tax, but you can often claim this back once you have submitted your income tax statement.