If you dream of settling in Munich, you will probably have queries on its neighborhoods, types of accommodation available there and rent prices. Find the answers in this article.
Stretching over some 310.4 km², Munich is one of Germany's major cities with a population of more than 1.4 million inhabitants. Located in Bavaria (Bayern) region, of which it is the capital city, it is deemed to be the country's second main destination in terms of expatriation after Berlin. In fact, being a very prosperous European Union city, Munich has been attracting young professionals worldwide by offering various job prospects in different fields.
Moreover, finding accommodation in Munich should not be a difficult task if you are planning to settle there. There is something for everyone: studios, apartments, houses, hotels, vacations homes, student housing, etc. But above all, it is wise to inquire about its neighborhoods and on the services which are easily available in each of these. This should help you determine which one would suit you best.
Munich is huge and is divided into 25 districts which, in turn, consist of several neighborhoods. Each of these neighborhoods is easily accessible by the public transport network and hosts shops, shopping malls, schools and many other facilities. Munich is also known to be a green city thanks to its nature parks and other recreational spaces.
Munich's city center is obviously the busiest region consisting of the following neighborhoods: Altstadt, Zentrum, Lehel and Isarvorstadt. These are also deemed to be tourist areas for their large shopping malls and shops, but including big firms and office buildings. Hauptbahnhof, Westend and Theresienwiese, which are in the South of the city center have an impressive urban look, just like Sendling and Thalkirchen. Solln, for its part, is known to be a posh neighborhood consisting of many modern residential buildings.
Pasing Laim which is found in Eastern Munich, Nymphenburgn Obermenzing, Gern, Northwest Munich Harlaching Ramersdorf, Trudering and Waldtrudering, etc., are other very popular residential neighborhoods. These are ideal for families looking for modern apartments or a small house with terrace and garden in a peaceful environment.
If you wish to escape from the busy and noisy downtown, you will definitely like Forstenried, Fasangarte, Waldperlach, Obersendling or Perlach which are peaceful and green neighborhoods.
Students in Munich can choose among the cheapest accommodation options such as student housing, home-stay, studio or room rental. Room and flat sharing is also very widespread in Munich. Alternatively, you can choose from a variety of apartments and houses according to your financial means.
In general, you will need an average of € 850 per month to rent a single-bedroom apartment and some € 1,700 per month to rent a three-bedroom apartment in the center. Uptown, rent prices may be even higher, depending on the type of accommodation and facilities attached thereto.
In the outskirts, on the other hand, you will need an average of € 660 monthly to rent a single-bedroom apartment and some € 1,220 per month for a three-bedroom apartment.
You can start your housing search right from your home country thanks to the Internet. You can thus have an idea of the types of accommodation available and on rent prices on general and specialized real estate websites. If you are already in Munich, consider registering with a real estate agency. Word-of-mouth and classified ads in local newspapers may also help.