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Accommodation in Frankfurt

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Frankfurt, which is found in the Hesse region, is known as an international city. Stretching over some 248 km2, it is Germany's fifth largest city and one of the msot densely populated. To date, its population amounts to more than 700,000 inhabitants, including a large number of expatriates mainly from neighbouring countries.

Frankfurt has been attracting thousands of foreign visitors every year, thanks to its status as a developed city along with its cultural importance, which have also aided the development and growth of its infrastructures and real estate market. The city is listed among both Germany's and Europe's most expensive cities for expatriates. Therefore, finding affordable housing could take some time. You will definitely need some patience.

Frankfurt's neighbourhoods

Frankfurt is divided into 16 districts, which in turn consist of 46 sub-districts. These sub-districts consist, for their part, of more than a hundred neighbourhoods. Hence Frankfurt's status as a very large and diverse city. Its most popular neighbourhoods are Nordend, Bornheim, Downtown, Old Town, Westend, Bockenheim and Sachsenhausen.

Bornheim is crossed by main streets such as Berger Strasse Merianplatz and Bornheim Mitte, which host many cafes, restaurants, pubs and shops. It is a very active area, especially ideal for students and nightlife lovers. Old buildings, Fachwerk houses and provincial charm mix with modern urban facades.

Westend is considered to be Frankfurt's posh neighbourhood with alleys lined with tall trees, beautiful houses and villas, in addition to its historic buildings. Westend is rather quiet and peaceful, despite its proximity to the city centre.

If you prefer a livelier atmosphere, you will definitely like Innenstadt where you can enjoy the Zeil, which is the city's main shopping street. You will also find big shopping malls and fashion boutiques in Hauptwache and Konstablerwache.

Bockenheim is more popular with students from the University of Goethe. The neighbourhood hosts many cafes and restaurants as well as beautiful green spaces such as Palmengarten.

Sachsenhausen, on the other hand, should suit you if you are looking for a quiet family neighbourhood. You are likely to find beautiful houses surrounded by gardens and trees in the serene atmosphere of cobblestone streets, restaurants and cafes, etc. It is also deemed to be a tourist neighbourhood with its greenery and proximity to the city centre and essential services. It is prized for its prime location along the river and its popular individualistic scene.

The charm of Frankfurt’s most densely populated district, Nordend, lies in its architecture, with plenty of Gründerzeit buildings and boulevards in Wilhelminian style, nice parks, and access to everything one would need. In Bergerstrasse and Oeder Weg, the shopping streets of the district, there are plenty of cafés, restaurants, organic shops and small shops to be found. The quieter side streets host charming shops, young designer boutiques or music shops. The proximity to the city, an excellent infrastructure, and a great flair attract well-earning academics, creatives and young families with children to the district.

Rent prices in Frankfurt

Frankfurt hosts a variety of accommodation options ranging from studios, apartments, houses, holiday homes, etc.. For cheaper accommodation, consider renting a room, home-stay, or even room or flat sharing which is a widespread practice among students. Average rent prices are around €14 per square metre and vary from one neighbourhood to another and according to the different types of housing.

You will need an average of €620 in the city centre and around €450 in the outskirts to rent a single-bedroom apartment. For a three-bedroom apartment, you will need an average of €1,300 in the city centre and some €975 in the suburbs.

 Good to know:

Finding accommodation at a reasonable price has been a challenge over the past few years as many housing offers are overpriced. Be prepared for mass viewings, apartments in unexpected condition and compromised service from estate agencies.

Find accommodation in Frankfurt

The fastest way to find accommodation in Frankfurt is usually by registering with a real estate agency that will be able to help you find the housing option which best suits your needs and budget. The cost of living in Frankfurt is quite high but you can still view interesting housing deals on the Internet and in classified ads in local newspapers. Word-of-mouth may also help if you have friends there.

 Useful links:

Immobilien Scout 24 www.immobilienscout24.de
Immowelt www.immowelt.de
Immonet www.immonet.de
Immo Street en.immostreet.com
Gabino Home germany.gabinohome.com
Shared flats www.wg-gesucht.de/ and http://www.studenten-wg.de/

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You shall not have much difficulty in finding affordable accommodation if you are planning to settle in Dresden, which is found in Saxony.
Munich is considered to be the most expensive city to live in in Germany, however it remains a very desirable expat destination.

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