If you intend to settle in Cologne, here are some tips to help you find accommodation there.
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. Expatriation rate in Cologne has quite risen over the years. In fact, to date, 17% of its population consists of foreigners from several European countries and the Middle East.
If you wish to settle there, finding accommodation should not be a difficult task. 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 and houses, etc.
Cologne is divided into 9 districts, namely Innenstadt, Rodenkirchen, Lindenthal, Ehrenfeld, Nippes, Brück, Rath, Porz and Mülheim. These are, in turn, subdivided into 86 neighborhoods. Each of these has a particular environment, some of which are very active and busy while others are quiet and peaceful. Leverkusen, Bergisch Gladbach, Erenfeld Neustadt-Nord, the Old Town, Deutz, etc, are the most popular neighborhoods with expatriates. Sülz, Klettenberg and Lindenthal, for their part, are deemed to be primarily residential neighborhoods.
In Neustadt-Nord, you will not only find large firms and media companies but also restaurants, nightclubs, bars, theaters, as well as residential buildings. It is, in fact, a modern and vibrant neighborhood which regularly hosts musical and artistic events. Deutz, which is found on the Rhine river's bank, is quite close to the city center. It 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.
Weiden is known to be a quiet neighborhood, though accessible by public transport and hosting many houses, a shopping center, a golf course as well as green spaces.
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Some neighborhoods, such as Chorweiler Ostheim, Vingst and Kalk should be avoided at night for security reasons when you are new to the city.
Like in all German cities, rent prices vary from one neighborhood to another and according to the type of accommodation and comfort level. However, these are more affordable in Cologne than in some cities.
In short, you will need an average of € 560 monthly to rent an apartment in the city center and about € 470 for the same in the outskirts. To rent a three-bedroom apartment, you will need an average of € 1,260 monthly in the city center and about € 780 per month in the outskirts. If you prefer cheaper housing, consider renting a room, a studio or finding a roommate.
You can start your accommodation search well in advance on the Internet or in classified ads in local newspapers. 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.