Accommodation in Cologne


Cologne is one of Germany's major destinations in terms of expatriation after Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt and Hamburg. It is found in the North Rhine-Westphalia region, stretching over some 405.15 km2 with a population of more than one million inhabitants. The rate of expatriation in Cologne has risen quite a bit over the years. In fact, to date, 19% of its population consists of foreigners from several European countries and the Middle East.

If you wish to settle there, finding accommodation shouldn't be too difficult. The city has much to offer, not only in terms of environment and atmosphere but also in terms of housing. You can choose from studios, apartments, houses, etc..

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As in many big German cities, there is a shortage of reasonably priced accommodation, especially for students, many of which accept commuting large distances from Aachen, Wuppertal and Bochum etc.

Neighbourhoods in Cologne

Cologne is divided into 9 districts, namely Innenstadt, Rodenkirchen, Lindenthal, Ehrenfeld, Nippes, Chorweiler, Kalk, Porz and Mülheim. These are, in turn, subdivided into 86 neighbourhoods. Each of these has a particular environment, some of which are very active and busy while others are quiet and peaceful. Leverkusen, Bergisch Gladbach, Ehrenfeld, Neustadt-Nord, the Old Town, and Deutz are the most popular neighbourhoods with expatriates. Sülz, Klettenberg and Lindenthal, for their part, are deemed to be primarily residential neighbourhoods.

The trendy quarter Belgisches Viertel has its own city charm and attracts hipsters, the creative and media crowd as well as young fashion designers and artists. It’s a bit cosmopolitan, very hip and offers everything from large and small theatres, to the city garden and plenty of green spaces and recreation areas and many surrounding clubs and bars. Ehrenfeld is also quite popular and up and coming.

Nordstadt is right in the inner city next to the Rhine, but, in spite of this, it is still fairly quiet. In Neustadt-Nord, you will not only find large firms and media companies but also restaurants, nightclubs, bars, theatres, as well as residential buildings. It's a modern and vibrant neighbourhood that regularly hosts musical and artistic events.

Many locals are convinced Südstadt is the “real Cologne” with its great pub culture, small shops, relaxed and informal atmosphere and the different residents with all their peculiarities.

Deutz, on the riverbank opposite the city centre, is famous for its fairs, as well as for night events and sporting activities, which are regularly held there. Deutz also has huge green spaces.

Lindenthal, Klettenberg and Weiden are known to be quiet neighbourhoods. Weiden is accessible by public transport and hosts many houses, a shopping centre, a golf course as well as green spaces.

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Some neighbourhoods, such as Chorweiler, Ossendorf, Ostheim, Vingst and Kalk should be avoided at night for security reasons when you are new to the city.

Rent prices in Cologne

The current rental price averages at €11,40 in Cologne which mostly varies between €7 to €14 depending on the neighbourhood and according to the type of accommodation and comfort level. Student accommodation is high in demand and often at an even higher cost. Following a survey in late 2016, Cologne was the third most expensive city for students in Germany.

In short, you will need about €900 per month to rent a one-bedroom apartment in the city centre and about €500 for the same type in the outskirts. To rent a three-bedroom apartment, you will need an average of €1,300 monthly in the city centre and about €780 per month in the outskirts. If you prefer cheaper housing, consider renting a room, a studio or finding a roommate.

Find accommodation in Cologne

Start your accommodation search well in advance on the internet and by checking out classified ads. Consider posting ads yourself and check local newspapers, for example, the Kölner Stadtanzeiger on Wednesdays and Saturdays. If you are already in Cologne, consider registering with a real estate agency. You will thus have more chances of finding accommodation according to your criteria.

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