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Stuttgart, one of Germany's most famous 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, the city hosts a variety of housing options which have more affordable prices in some neighbourhoods and higher in others. Make sure to compare prices and most importantly, to do it as early as possible, to have time to decide.

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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 a safe city and does not have particularly bad neighborhoods. The city is divided into 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 neighborhoods 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. This part is also considered as the hipster area full of cosy shops and bars. Stuttgart South and Stuttgart West, alongside with the centre are one of the most expensive places for rent.

Killsberg with its Höhenpark is an amazing place, which however can get crowded on weekends. Degerloch, is also known to be a popular residential neighbourhood, but with its quietness and individuality. The Vaihingen is the largest district of Stuttgart containing a large proportion of forests.

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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 slightly higher compared to many other German cities, with an average of around €15 per square meter. 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

Finding accommodation in Stuttgart, just like in every German city, is difficult, but not impossible. You can decide beforehand if you would take a furnished or unfurnished rental. To avoid the extremely high prices, you may want to check some of the areas out of Stuttgart like Sindelfingen, Böblingen or Ruhr, which are well connected, and offer lower rents. Some of the most popular websites for an internet search are:

You can also search for some social media groups for expatriates, like:

During your home search, you can also view offers in classified ads in local newspapers. Consider posting ads online and in local publications 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 and an apartment viewing feels like a job interview. This is why it is important to be well dressed and to leave a good impression to the landlord communicating financial security, responsibility, cleanliness or a permanent work contract. Financial stability and reputation are quite important and will be the decisive factor for getting an apartment.

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Because of the housing shortage (especially in terms of student accommodation), there are a fair amount of fraudulent advertisements and non-reputable deals, so be careful and do not send any money before checking the place and the contract thoroughly.

 Useful links:

Immobilien Scout 24
Immonet
Immowelt
Immo Street
WG-Gesucht
Home For Rent
Craigslist

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