I have just returned to London after a blissful 2 weeks with BF in Germany.
Hooray! We managed to find a sublet for 2 months starting from May. Getting a sublet was straightforward, we contacted people from the http://www.wg-gesucht.de website, and the third flat we liked we got after a chat on Skype with the owners. However, we also got offered a 3-bed flat by some friends of darling BF, so in the end we agreed to rent their flat until mid-July instead, therefore sadly we had to let the couple from http://www.wg-gesucht.de down.
Our short-term pad is located in the trendy district of Neukoln in Kruez-koln. We will use this 2 month period to look for more permanent accommodation. Apparently finding a permanent nice place can be a nightmare, with over 30 people viewing the same flat in a single day (Berliners love open house) and the land- lord select their tenants based on who earns the most money. Anyway lets see what happens.
My first impressions of Berlin accommodation compared to London are that you get more space. In general the flats in Berlin are built larger, this includes the bathrooms and kitchens. You can fit a small table and chairs in many kitchens and bathrooms generally have space for washing machines. The flat we are renting has 3 meter high ceilings which I love, this is typical of buildings built before 1930 or so. The only downside is that most flats come unfurnished and in some cases you may have to install your own kitchen!