If you wish to settle in Dusseldorf, here is an overview of the city's neighborhoods and rental market.
Düsseldorf, which is found in the North Rhine-Westphalia region, is nicknamed Germany's Little Paris. It is one of the country's major cities in geographic, demographic and expatriation terms. To date, its population amounts to more than 600,000 inhabitants and it continues to grow year after year due to the arrival of thousands of expatriates from across the globe. Hence, the development of the city's real estate and rental market.
Finding accommodation in Düsseldorf should not be a difficult task. Obviously, you are advised to inquire on its different neighborhoods so as to determine where you prefer to settle.
Stretching over some 217 km2, Düsseldorf is bordered by the Rhine river's both banks. Some of its neighborhoods, namely Oberkassel, Heerdt, Lörick and Niederkassel are found on its left bank. Note that Düsseldorf is divided into ten districts or "Stadtbezirke" including some fifty neighborhoods which are known as "Stadtteile".
The most popular neighborhoods are found around the city center, namely Bilk, Unterbilk Altstadt, Derendorf, Pempelfort Golzheim, Oberkassel, Carlstadt, Stadtmitte, Friedrichstadt, etc. You are likely to find restaurants, bars, shops and shopping malls, pubs and nightclubs there, as well as easy access to the public transport network.
Note that Oberkassel and Golzheim and are deemed to be Düsseldorf’s posh neighborhoods. You will mostly find luxury apartments, houses and villas there, not to mention huge and modern shopping malls and luxury shops.
Types of accommodation
Most Düsseldorf neighborhoods offer a range of accommodation options: apartments, studios, villas, etc. If you prefer cheaper accommodation, you can opt for home-stay while students can choose from various student housing options. You will also find hotels, apart-hotels and vacation homes for short stays.
Both furnished and unfurnished apartments are available in Düsseldorf. However, in the case of an unfurnished apartment, you are likely to find a completely empty kitchen, that is, without furniture and appliances. Consider planning a supplementary budget for your kitchen's layout.
Like in all German cities, rent in Düsseldorf vary according to the type of housing, neighborhood and comfort level. In short, you will need an average of € 560 per month to rent a single-bedroom apartment and an average of € 1,500 per month for a three-bedroom apartment in the city center.
In the outskirts, rent price for a single-bedroom apartment turns around € 450 monthly. For a three-bedroom apartment, you will need an average of € 970 per month.
To find accommodation in Düsseldorf, you can start by surfing the web. In fact, you will find many interesting offers on general and specialized real estate websites. You can also check out classified ads in local newspaper or rely on word-of-mouth if you have friends in the region.
Registering with a real estate agency should also help if you are already on the spot.