If you wish to settle in Frankfurt, it is best to inquire on its neighborhoods and on its rental market. Here is an overview.
Frankfurt, which is found in the Hesse region, is known as an international city. Stretching over some 248.31 km2, it is Germany's fifth largest and most densely populated cities. To date, its population amounts to more than 700,000 inhabitants, including a large number of expatriates mainly from neighboring countries.
Frankfurt has been attracting thousands of foreign visitors every year thanks to its status as a developed city along with its huge cultural patrimony. Hence the development and growth of its infrastructures and real estate market. Note that the city is listed among 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 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 neighborhoods. Hence Frankfurt's status as a very large and diverse city. Its most popular neighborhoods are Bornheim, downtown, Old Town, Westend, Bockenheim and Sachsenhausen.
Bornheim is crossed by main streets such as Beger Strasse Merianplatz and Bornheim Mitte which host many cafes, restaurants, pubs and shops. It is a very active area, especially ideal for students and night life lovers. Westend, for its part, is considered to be Frankfurt's posh neighborhood with alleys lined with tall trees, beautiful houses and villas along with its ancient buildings. Westend is quite quiet and peaceful despite being close to the city center.
If you prefer a more lively 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, fashion boutiques in Hauptwache and Konstablerwache. Bockenheim is more popular with students from the University of Goethe. The neighborhood 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 neighborhood. 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 neighborhood with its greenery and proximity to the city center and essential services.
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. As regards rent prices, these vary from one neighborhood to another and according to different types of housing and standing.
Thus, you will need an average of € 618 in the city center and around € 440 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 center and some € 975 in the suburbs.
The fastest way to find accommodation in Frankfurt is to register with a real estate agency. Indeed, a real estate agent will help you find the housing option which best suits your needs and budget. Note that 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.