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Hanover is the capital and the largest city in Lower Saxony. With the population of 535,061, it is the thirteenth largest city in Germany, among which many are international settlers. Hanover has attracted many expatriates 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. It is one of the best cities in the North of Germany to settle.

Popular 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 also 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. Other neighbourhoods, too, offer plenty of fun opportunities, such as 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. It is a great place for fun, but also for families and has the largest number of school in Hannover. Besides, it is well connected 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, and skating. The lake hosts every year a legendary three-week summer festival called Maschseefest. The festival organises many tribute bands, which play the sounds of some world-famous musicians like Billy Idol, Dire Straits, The Beatles, AC/DC and many others.

List is equally popular with historic buildings near the main shopping street Lister Meile with numerous cafes, bars and restaurants. This zone connects List to the Oststadt with the train station and is one of the nicest places for accommodation. The district is characterised by late 19th-century townhouses and garden architecture arrangements of green and multipurpose areas. It is also connected to a city forest by the name "Eilenriede", which is a green area, very popular among athletes and those who seek relaxation. The region offers good infrastructure and convenient transport connections.

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. They are part of the culture and known by the term “Limmern” which means meeting up, or snacking with friends or neighbours and enjoying the day together.

Nordstadt, Herrenhausen, and Zoo are quieter but equally popular neighbourhoods. Rents in these areas are convenient, especially as Nordstadt is very famous for the Leibniz University Hannover, which is one of the best public universities in the area. Herrenhausen is fantastic for visiting the Herrenhausen Gardens, which will help you understand about the surprising past of the Kingdom of Hannover. Hannover Zoo is the fifth oldest zoo in Germany and other than being a fun place is working for the conservation of some endangered animal species, like the polar bear.

Rent prices in Hanover

Unlike many German cities, rent prices in Hanover are very affordable around €9 per square meter, 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

It is important to start the apartment search on time. Internet will definitely be your best tool during your housing search, especially if you are still in your home country. Some of the best websites are Xpat Rentals, WG Gesucht, Immobilienscout24, and Studenten WG. 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, such as Home Company and Zeitwohnen Hannover. Word-of-mouth may also help if you have friends or contacts in the region, just as some social media groups such as WG Zimmer Hannover, and Hanover Community Notice Board. Students can look into university-provided housing by enquiring with their respective institutions and can check for ads on Studentenwerk Hanover. You can also search for some short-term accommodation options on Bednbudget, Jugendherberge, and Naturfreundehaus.

Renting a house in Hanover is somehow complicated, but is getting simple as the years go by. Understandably there are many elements to consider, such as price, distance, university, flatmates (or not) and the overall conditions of the house. Be prepared to search and do not give up. Another important thing is to always visit the house and check the contract before signing and sending any money. With that in mind, it will be fairly easy to find your piece of home in this beautiful northern German city.

 Useful links:

Immo Street
Immobilien Scout 24
Home For Rent
Hannoversche Allgemeine

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