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Düsseldorf, which is found in the North Rhine-Westphalia region, is one of the country's major cities in geographic, demographic and expatriation terms. Nowadays, its population amounts to more than 600,000 inhabitants and it continues to grow year after year due to the arrival of thousands of expatriates from across the globe. Hence, there has been development of the city's real estate and rental market. As a result, finding accommodation in Düsseldorf should not be a difficult task.

Düsseldorf's neighbourhoods

Stretching over some 217 km2, Düsseldorf is bordered by both banks of the Rhine river. Some of its neighbourhoods, namely Oberkassel, Heerdt, Lörick and Niederkassel are found on its left bank. Note that Düsseldorf is divided into ten districts or "Stadtbezirke" including some fifty neighbourhoods, which are known as "Stadtteile".

The most popular neighbourhoods are found around the city centre, namely Bilk, Unterbilk, Altstadt, Derendorf, Pempelfort, Golzheim, Oberkassel, Carlstadt, Stadtmitte, and Friedrichstadt. You are likely to find restaurants, bars, shops and shopping malls, pubs and nightclubs there, as well as easy access to the public transport network.

Carlstadt is probably the most central and sophisticated residential area to live in. Along the Mannmannufer river bank, you’ll find magnificent buildings with a fantastic view over the Rhine towards Oberkassel. Düsseldorf's MedienHafen in Unterbilk is equally sought after. The former trading port is now a fashionable business and entertainment venue with many architectural highlights. More exclusive central areas are Zooviertel, Grafenberg, Pempelfort and Weiße Siedlung.

Oberkassel and Golzheim and are deemed to be Düsseldorf’s posh neighbourhoods. You will mostly find luxury apartments, houses and villas there, not to mention huge and modern shopping malls and luxury shops.

Friedrichstadt is central and popular among young families – it is a friendly, lively and relaxed neighbourhood close to Südpark with a great quality of life.

 Good to know:

The public transport system is well established and when on a budget you may consider commuting from surrounding towns like Duisburg or Ratingen.

Types of accommodation in Düsseldorf

Most Düsseldorf neighborhoods offer a range of accommodation options: apartments, studios, villas, etc. If you prefer cheaper accommodation, you can opt for home-stay while students can choose from various student housing options or shared flats. You will also find hotels, apart-hotels and vacation homes for short stays.

Both furnished and unfurnished apartments are available in Düsseldorf. However, in the case of an unfurnished apartment, you are likely to find a completely empty kitchen without furniture or appliances. Be prepared to set aside some money for furnishings and appliances should you opt for the unfurnished option.

Rent prices in Düsseldorf

Rental prices average around €11 per square metre. Like in all German cities, rent in Düsseldorf varies according to the type of housing, neighbourhood and comfort level. In short, you will need an average of €560 per month to rent a single-bedroom apartment and an average of €1,500 per month for a three-bedroom apartment in the city centre.

In the outskirts, rent prices for a single-bedroom apartment are around €450 monthly. For a three-bedroom apartment, you will need an average of €970 per month.

Searching for accommodation in Düsseldorf

To find accommodation in Düsseldorf, you can start by surfing the web. In fact, you will find many interesting offers on general and specialised real estate websites (you can also register with a real estate agent if you are in the city). It is advisable to check out classified ads in local newspapers such as the Rheinische Post on Wednesdays and Saturdays and RP Online; or rely on word-of-mouth if you have friends or colleagues in the region.

  Useful links:

Immobilien Scout 24
Immo Street
Immowelt Markt
Shared flats
RP Online

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