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Accommodation in Stuttgart

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Stuttgart, one of Germany's major cities, is the capital city of Baden-Württemberg region. It is very popular among expats with a population of more than 610,000 inhabitants of which 25% are foreigners and 44% have a migration background. Thanks to its developed economy and its calm and peaceful environment, surrounded by hills and valleys as well as nature parks, Stuttgart provides a pleasant living environment for expats wishing to settle there.

Finding accommodation in Stuttgart at a reasonable price may be tricky, especially for students. However, Stuttgart hosts a variety of housing options at affordable prices in some neighbourhoods and higher in others. Make sure to compare prices and most importantly to enquire about these beforehand.

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Since 2008, Stuttgart has been promoting the multi-million-euro railway project "Das neue Herz Europas" which means "The New Heart of Europe" (also known as Stuttgart 21). The massive reorganisation of Stuttgart’s main train station and regional railway lines, to be finished by 2021, received controversial media publicity over recent years and is the reason for many building sites all around Stuttgart.

Neighbourhoods in Stuttgart

Stuttgart is divided into some twenty independent districts. The city centre, on its own, consists of five neighbourhoods, including Mitte, Nord, Ost, Süd and West, while the rest are found on the outskirts. Among these: Bad Cannstatt, Birkach Degerloch, Münster, Wangen, Botnang, Feuerbach, and Hedelfinger Sillenbuch. Note that some of Stuttgart neighbourhoods are also divided into sub-districts.

Stuttgart's city centre mainly includes commercial and business neighbourhoods hosting huge office buildings, shopping malls, shops and banks. Königstrasse, which crosses the city centre, is the city's main shopping street lined with shops and fashion boutiques, modern shopping malls and other major retailers. This 1.2km shopping boulevard also hosts restaurants, cafes and pubs, but also an art market and antique shops.

The city itself nestles within a valley and you will be delighted by the residential neighbourhoods on the hillside from where you can enjoy a breath-taking view of the city. The more popular residential neighbourhoods are the East, South and West of Stuttgart. These are easily accessible by the public transport network and include shops, markets, theatres, cafes and recreational areas such as parks. One of the most beautiful residential areas is Frauenkopf in East Stuttgart for its attractive panoramic views. Stuttgart-West is the biggest district, which holds the highest population density and also the largest woodlands in Stuttgart.

Killsbergs and Degerloch, on the other hand, are known to be chic neighbourhoods with big houses and villas, as well as modern and luxurious apartments. Vaihingen, Sindelfinger and Böblinger are also very popular.

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Because of compromised air quality within the valley at times, accommodation on the hillsides is most popular. The city centre doesn’t strike visitors as particular pretty at first sight, but there are beautiful and green areas such as Weinsteige.

Rent prices in Stuttgart

Rent prices in Stuttgart are rather higher compared to many other German cities with an average of around €15 per square metre. However, these vary from one neighbourhood to another and according to the type of accommodation and comfort level. Rent prices in Stuttgart's city centre, as well as uptown, are obviously higher than in other neighbourhoods.

Therefore, you will need an average of €625 per month for a single-bedroom apartment and about €1,300 per month for a three-bedroom apartment in the city centre. To rent a single-bedroom apartment in the outskirts, you will need an average of € 500 per month. For a three-bedroom apartment in the outskirts, you will need around €950 per month.

Find accommodation in Stuttgart

During your home search, you can view offers in classified ads in local newspapers and on the Internet.

Consider posting ads online and in local newspapers such as Wochenblatt on Wednesdays and Saturdays. If you have already moved to Stuttgart, consider registering with a real estate agency for more chances of finding accommodation according to your criteria.

Competition is high, so treat a viewing like a job interview. Dress formally and impress the landlord communicating financial security, responsibility, cleanliness or a permanent work contract – the Swabians tend to focus on financial stability and reputation.

 Attention:

Becuase of the housing shortage (especially in terms of student accommodation) there are a fair amount of fraudulent advertisements and non-reputable deals.

 Useful links:

Immobilien Scout 24 www.immobilienscout24.de
Immonet www.immonet.de
Immowelt www.immowelt.de
Immo Street www.immostreet.com
WG-Gesucht www.wg-gesucht.de
Home For Rent www.homeforrent.de
Craigslist https://stuttgart.craigslist.de/

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Generally a good overview but I find a number of things misleading. Yes, Stuttgart has a lot to offer yet has fewer “big city” hassles than Berlin or Hamburg. There are no really bad or dangerous neighborhoods for example. And yes, there are lots of foreigners here, mostly well integrated throughout the region - rather than all concentrated in ghettos. But rents are NOT cheap by any means! I think statistics of rental prices referred to are outdated and distorted by areas that are not so desirable and not well connected. Thus the place that has cheaper rent might be waste of commuting time. And finding good accommodation is DIFFICULT. It’s unbelievable the number of poorly laid out places, with no sun etc. When one finds an apartment that is nice; like somewhere one might actually want to live, then good luck getting it! There will be multitudes of people wanting it and even if not outright bigoted, many people will just feel safer renting to Germans. As a self-employed foreigner I found it impossible other than getting a room in a shared apartment. I finally bought an apartment. And I am a white skinned American who speaks fairly good German. I strongly suggest people ask for assistance from their employer in finding a place. In big companies someone might know of something free and getting such tips is all about connections. It’s also good to have someone who knows the region give one advice. The article mentions Sindelfinger and Böblinger – correct spelling is Sindelfingen and Böblingen – which are smaller communities about 20 Km south of Stuttgart. Many foreigners come to work at HP or Bosch concerns that are in these areas anyway. If one is going to work in Stuttgart and live there then one either has to commute with daily traffic jams or take public transportation. The regional public transportation with S-Bahn, U-Bahn and buses is excellent. One can be in the center of Stuttgart from Böblingen within 22 minutes on the S-Bahn but then one needs to look at the proximity to the stations. Yet I know of a foreigner who came to work in Stuttgart and ended up living in a place just 8 Km or so from the center. But she had a ways to go for shopping and a more than 10 minute walk to the U-Bahn and then had to transfer to another line and then walk again. Her daily commute was something like 45 minute each way. Yet one could live much farther away like in Böblingen, be close to the S-Bahn and have half the commuting time. Thus proximity to the right transportation can be an important factor. Also, the hills and valleys of Stuttgart mean that bicycles are not so popular. Going from the center to some parts of Stuttgart -West or -South or even north past Bad Canstatt are easy. Once you hit the steep, long hills at the edges of these places or want to go east or northwest then it’s difficult.

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Hanover is a pleasant city in Lower Saxony that is appealing to expats either looking to work or study in the region.
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