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Hanover, in Lower Saxony, is a smaller albeit popular city in Germany. Its population, to date, amounts to more than 530,000 people, of which 14% come from abroad. In fact, Hanover has been attracting expatriates worldwide due to the various job prospects it provides in numerous fields. Hanover also hosts many places of attraction which are regularly visited by tourists, as well as universities and other higher education institutes where thousands of local and foreign students have enrolled. Be sure to look into the different neighbourhoods available as well as what they each have to offer when finding accommodation in Hanover.

Neighbourhoods of Hanover

Stretching over some 204 km2, Hanover is divided into thirteen districts and 51 neighbourhoods including Mitte, Vahrenwald-List, Bothfeld Vahrenheide, Buchholz-Kleefeld, Döhren-Wülfel, Nordstadt, Oststadt, Südstadt, and Kronsberg.

The city centre is deemed to be the city's business hub, hosting not only big firms and local authorities such as the town hall, but also many shopping malls, boutiques, etc. In other neighbourhoods, you are more likely to find restaurants, bars, cafes, theatres, cabarets, pubs, among others. Hanover also hosts one of Europe's biggest zoos, and has large green spaces and gardens, and museums such as the Lower Saxony State Museum. You are likely to enjoy your stay there in a relaxed and serene environment.

Südstadt has much to offer with numerous shopping facilities and nightclubs that can easily be reached on foot. Besides, it is well communicated by subway and the main railway stations are only a few stops away. The city’s biggest lake Maschsee is a great recreational area ideal for jogging, swimming, skating or the legendary summer festival Maschseefest.

List is equally popular with historic buildings near the main shopping street Lister Meile with numerous cafes, bars and restaurants.

Hannover-Linden is favoured among students. It is rather multi-cultural and home to Limmerstraße shopping street, numerous clubs and bars. The local events and nightlife are a great alternative to the busier city centre.

Nordstadt, Herrenhausen, and Zoo are quieter but equally popular neighbourhoods.

Rent prices in Hanover

Unlike many German cities, rent prices in Hanover are very affordable around €9 per square metre although they vary according to the type of housing, neighbourhood and comfort level. In general, you will need an average of €450 per month to rent a single-bedroom apartment and some €950 per month for a three-bedroom apartment in the city centre.

In the outskirts, on the other hand, a single-bedroom apartment will cost an average of €325 per month while a three-bedroom apartment will cost some €650 per month. If you prefer cheaper housing, you can choose from studios and room rental, or room or flat-sharing.

Searching for accommodation in Hanover

Internet will definitely be your best tool during your housing search, especially if you are still in your home country. But if you have already moved to Hanover, you can check out classified ads in local newspapers, such as HAZ (Hannoversche Allgemeine), or register with a real estate agency. Word-of-mouth may also help if you have friends or contacts in the region. Students can look into university provided housing by enquiring with their respective institutions.

  Useful links:

Immo Street
Immobilien Scout 24
Home For Rent
Hannoversche Allgemeine

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