Liège is one of Belgium's major cities, with a high expatriation rate. Find out, in this article, how to proceed to find accommodation.
Nicknamed the Ardent city, Liège is one of Wallonia's and Belgium's major cities. It is deemed to be the Wallonia region's economic hub due to its developed and modernized economy. It is also one of the country's most densely populated cities, including a large number of foreigners. So if you intend to settle there, you are not likely to be disappointed. Besides its open labor market, various accommodation options are available for foreigners.
However, you are advised to inquire on its different neighborhoods and on the cost of living in this city before moving there. This will allow you to better prepare your relocation.
Liège consists of some 27 neighborhoods, namely Amercœur, Angleur, Bois-de-Breux also known as Grivegnée, Bressoux, Burenville, the City center including Le Carré, Avroy, Féronstrée and Hors-Château, Pierreuse, the Latin neighborhood, Saint-Gilles, les Terrasses et l'Îlot Saint-Michel, Chênée, Cointe – Droixhe, Glain, Grivegnée, Guillemins, Jupille, Kinkempois which is found in Angleur, Laveu, Longdoz, the North including Coronmeuse and Saint-Léonard, Outremeuse, Rocourt, Saint-Laurent, Sainte-Marguerite, Sainte-Walburge including Naimette-Xhovémont, Sart Tilman, Sclessin which is the old Ougrée neighborhood including Val-Benoît, Thier-à-Liège, Vennes, Fétinne and Wandre.
As you have certainly noted, Liege has many French-speaking neighborhoods which are very welcoming to foreigners.
If you have already moved to Liège, you can start your accommodation search by checking out classified ads in local newspapers and by registering with a real estate agency. You might as well stroll around different neighborhoods in order to identity “To rent” or “Te huur” signs hanging on balconies or windows. Internet will also be an essential tool during your accommodation search.
Moreover, you can seek help from various local organizations which are available in the region such as the Property Registry. As regards social housing, eligibility will depend on your family situation and your monthly revenue.
As at July 2014, rent prices started as from 5.74 euros per square meter. Hence, you will need some 592 euros per month for a medium apartment in Liege. Of course, rent prices will vary from one neighborhood to another and according to the accommodation type and standing.