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Accommodation in Hamburg


What are the most appropriate neighborhoods in Hamburg? What about rent prices? Find out in this article.

Hamburg, which is found near the Elbe River's mouth in Northern Germany, is very conducive to expatriation. To date, its population amounts to more than 1.8 million inhabitants with a large number of expatriates having come from across the globe. In fact, being one of the major German cities, Hamburg attracts foreigners not only for its economic prosperity but also for its rich historical and cultural patrimony. Hamburg also provides a range of accommodation options for all tastes and all budgets.

Hence, you will have no trouble finding accommodation if you are planning to settle there. However, make sure to inquire on its different neighborhoods beforehand.


Hamburg consists of seven municipal regions, namely Mitte, Altona, Eimsbüttel, North Hamburg, Wandsbek, Harburg and Bergedorf. These are in turn divided into several dynamic and vibrant neighborhoods, including downtown, Schanzenviertel Neustadt, Winterhude, Speicherstadt, St. Pauli, etc. Eimsbüttel Neustadt, Schanzenviertel Rotherbaum, Eppendorf and Hoheluft are the most popular neighborhoods, particularly with expatriates. Students are also likely to hang out there due to the presence of cafes, restaurants as well as leisure activities.

As regards the city center, it hosts not only the town hall and big office buildings but also huge shopping malls and shops, bars, pubs and restaurants, etc. However, it can be quite difficult to find affordable accommodation there. You are more likely to find hotels and serviced apartments there. Winterhude, Ottensen, Uni-viertel and Sternschanze are more residential neighborhoods, also hosting some shops, friendly cafes and nice restaurants.

Alster for its part is found on the lake's shores and is surrounded by huge green spaces. You will thus be entitled to a healthy and peaceful environment along with various sports and leisure activities. In Elbstrand, you will be able to enjoy a beautiful sunny day on a sandy beach with a harbor view.

 Good to know:

Newcomers in Hamburg are advised to avoid some neighborhoods such as Reeperbahn, Herbersrtr, Grosse Freiheit, and St. Georg. Cheaper housing options are certainly available there, but in a less safe and appropriate environment.

Rent prices

Several types of accommodation options are available in Hamburg: vacation houses, rooms, flats, apartments, houses, etc. Room or flat sharing is also quite common there. Rent prices of course vary according to the type of housing, the comfort level and neighborhood. Thus, these are higher in and around the city center than in the outskirts.

In fact, you will need an average of € 682 for a single-bedroom apartment and around € 1,600 for a three-bedroom apartment in the city center. In the outskirts, you will need an average of € 500 for a single-bedroom apartment and some € 975 for a three bedroom apartment.

Find accommodation

It is rather easy to find accommodation in Hamburg, mainly through the Internet. You may also view classified ads in local newspapers if you are already on the spot or seek help from a real estate agency.

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