Moving to Luxembourg City
Are you moving to Luxembourg City? If you are moving to Luxembourg City then you will be joining the 170 different nationalities already resident in the city.
With a high standard of living, this landlocked city has a long and fascinating history.
Our free, in-depth Moving to Luxembourg City report includes info on:
• The best residential areas to live
• Average monthly rental prices
• The exceptional educational opportunities including international, private and state schools
• The highly efficient public transport system
Putting Luxembourg City on the Map
Located in Western Europe, this landlocked country is bordered by Germany to the east, France to the south and Belgium to the north and west. Highly intertwined with its neighbours, its people, languages, and culture are made up of a mix of French and German influences. It is the last remaining Grand Duchy in the world, and only has an area of 998 square miles.
Luxembourg City is linked to all localities within the country by an excellent public transport network. A bus/train combination ticket (billet réseau) offers unlimited travel on all forms of public transport and is valid throughout the country. There are bus stops and train stations from every area in the Luxembourg City vicinity.
Buses run from 6 am until around midnight, depending on which service you use. There are timetables and maps at every bus stop. The Night Rider buses run on Friday and Saturday nights, from 6 pm until 5 am, and are free of charge within the city and nearby suburbs. The free City Shopping bus leaves every ten minutes from the Glacis car park to the city centre.
The efficient train service runs throughout the city, within the country, and over the borders, linking Luxembourg with the whole of Europe.
The city’s trams were discontinued with the introduction of buses. However, a new tramline is under construction and should be operating by Spring 2017, connecting the airport with the Cloche d’Or area via the city centre. It will connect to the railway station sometime in 2010. The 10-mile route will be serviced by 24 stations and 32 trams.
Findel Airport is the sole international airport in the country and is the only airport with a paved runway, situated only four miles from the centre.
Luxembourg City is divided into 24 quarters, or quartiers, which allows a diverse selection of areas to choose from. From bustling city life, arts and culture, bohemian, and green spaces, it’s a matter of choice.
The size of this small city, along with an excellent public transport system, makes commuting an efficient option when looking for accommodation. Rentals are generally unfurnished, with fully-furnished exceptions in short-term leases.
With medieval charm and great entertainment, the city centre is, as always, the most expensive. However, here the staggering property prices have caused a decline in population, along with the lack of proper residential amenities.
The Old Town, Ville Haute is the reason for the city’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Place d’Armes, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Constitution Square, Place Guillaume II, and the Grand Ducal Palace are all here, within walking distance of each other. There are no schools in this area.
Literally downhill in the valley from Ville Haute, Grund is an affluent area with superb views, which help compensate for the costly housing. Perched on the banks of the Alzette River, it is multicultural and busy, with a great choice of pubs, bars and restaurants, making this area a tad noisy at night. Housing is limited here, as is access by car. Parking is nearly impossible, but this is the place for lively nightlife and rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous. There are no schools, so it is not really the area to be bringing up a family.
Situated just north of Grund, this is another area for young professionals and singles. An abundance of bars and restaurants, along with a restored brewery, this affluent suburb is vibrant and noisy.
As the name implies, this neighbourhood surrounds the central train station. Lovely avenues are home to shopping, dining and businesses, and the accommodation is less expensive than the other central suburbs.
Nicknamed the European Quarter, this is one of the more popular places to stay in the vicinity of the city centre. Full of commuters during the day, the relative peace at night is worth paying the price for, but the price is relatively high. Convenient to museums, art galleries and sports venues, the area is also home to international banks, EU institutions, and the University of Luxembourg. Also, a benefit to expat families, the European School of Luxembourg is also situated here.
With older traditional two-storey housing, and more modern, high-rise accommodation surrounding the church, this district is quieter with a village feel. Residential streets offer family living, with handy transport to reach the city.
There is a local primary school, the Dommeldrange train station is right on the doorstep, and two bus routes run through the town.
HAMM AND CENTS
Cheaper housing attracts the international crowd to these areas, along with the proximity to Kirchberg and the city centre. The architecture is from the 19th century, with nice family homes and a railway station, and is en route to the airport. There are nursery and primary schools. Also, located here is St Georges International School, which teaches in English. Three bus routes run through the districts, and Hamm has biking and running trails, and Cents has up-market shops and sporting facilities. Green areas include Itziger Forest.
This affordable area is attracting more and more expats who are looking for more affordable accommodation close to the city. Being in a valley, the towns get less sunlight but the location is ideal as it neighbours on Kirchberg. With many restored houses and smaller apartment blocks, there are two bus routes running through the villages.
This area is popular with families looking to rent a good-size house at a fair price, with the Alzette valley close-by, a haven of green space. Maybe slightly bohemian, but sought after by couples who need the convenience of the railway station to commute, the village has a number of nursery schools and a Luxembourgish primary school. Three bus routes, plus the station and a supermarket, ensure a good quality of living in a tight-knit community in a practical location.
Suitable for growing families, this town offers more living space and maybe even a garden, at lower rental costs. There is a multilingual kid’s library, plus shops and restaurants and a new 80-hectare residential and business development. Ban de Gasperich will also include a stadium, shopping centre, good transport links, and housing for 3,000 residents. The local schools are Luxembourgish.
This diverse area is made up of houses and apartments close to Park Merl, and towards the station, public buildings and businesses. It is busy and festive at weekends. Bars and pubs line the main street, and this affordable town has great links to the motorway and is on three bus routes. Villeroy and Boch factories were originally located here, but have since been transformed. Park Merl is one of the largest parks in the city, with its resident ducks and beautiful gardens.
There are five Luxembourgish schools and one nursery. The International School of Luxembourg is nearby.
Literally a stone’s throw from Ville Haute, Belair is upscale, with charming townhouses featuring gardens, gourmet restaurants, designer shops, and a price tag to match. Residents have slowly moved away due to high property prices. The city is trying to counter this by, among other things, improving green areas. The peace and quiet offers a good quality of life, but rush hour traffic means grid-locked cars. Because the terrain is almost flat it is quite a pleasant cycle ride into the city.
There are a number of nursery schools and two Luxembourgish primary schools, but also a private pre-school and primary school, which are multi-lingual. Four bus routes run through the town.
North of Belair is this ‘underground’ area popular with students and young professionals. A good mix of traditional terraced houses and more modern architecture and large green spaces make this popular with expats, along with the nearby business district of Kirchberg. Also, located here is the Utopia cinema and the Grand Theatre. With a number of local primary and secondary schools, international private schools include Lycée Vauban and the Waldorf School. The secondary school, Lycée Michel Lucius offers the IGC SE syllabus, allowing for English schooling.
Who Lives and Works in Luxembourg City?
The city’s population is around 177,169, with international residents making up 47 percent of that. It is the largest city in the country, and although it is world-renowned for its efficient banking activities, it is also an excellent platform for dynamic business activity not limited to financial services. The entire country is developing itself into a very attractive MICE destination for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions or events.
Luxembourg has attracted the European headquarters of a number of global companies including eBay, Amazon, DuPont Teijin Films, Fanuc Robotics and CNC, ArcelorMittal, Delphi, Skype, and Cargolux.
A rewarding fiscal environment, business-friendly regulatory framework, an excellent standard of living that attracts international staff, and exceptional high speed train connections and flights, enable management and staff easy access to the other European capitals.
A highly skilled and multilingual workforce is a valuable resource for such areas as finance and accounting, sales and marketing, R&D, IP management, and supply chain logistics, it is also ideal for locating data centres and IT structures.
The Best Bits
Such a unique mix of historic sites and contemporary architecture is only to be found in Luxembourg City throughout the whole of Europe. The old city and its fortress has long been a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while high-tech, stylish buildings run alongside celebrated monuments, making it a modern city with a great history.
With almost one-third of the city made up of spacious green areas, an escape from the hustle and bustle of the centre to beautifully landscaped parks and gardens add to an already high quality of life. The Pétrusse Valley and the Alzette River are especially beautiful.
The blend of theatres, museums, concert halls suits the multicultural city dwellers. Michelin-rated restaurants, festive bars and busy pubs, this capital is a city of contrasts. And it works. Seldom do you find a country with so many different cultures, languages and mentalities working together in harmony.
All the big-name brands are here, with a wide range of boutiques and up-market high street shops.
The Luxembourg funfair on Glacis Square was founded in 1340, and still continues the traditions of the folk fair, although now it has roller coasters, big wheels, thrilling rides and candy and sweets of every description.
Bringing the Kids
This compact city, made up of so many quarters, is an excellent place to raise a family. With a great reputation for education, both local (Luxembourgish), private and international schools are dotted all around the capital. A few things to remember: the state schools work on a catchment system, so it is very important to be in the correct area to be able to register for those schools. State schools do not charge fees.
The international schools often have waiting lists, and charge quite hefty fees. However, children can continue being educated in English.
Most private schools teach the same syllabuses, the difference being that they are fee-paying. There are also foreign schools, with a different curriculum, also charging fees.
The two universities offer multilingual tuition.
Always of interest to parents are medical facilities. There are no private hospitals in Luxembourg. The employers register employees with the Private Employees Health Office. A social security card is then issued to the employee and needs to be produced at medical visits and for prescriptions.
Relocating to Luxembourg City
This beautiful, historic city is one of Europe’s finest. The old town mingles with new aspects, and the many quarters offer an excellent standard of living. Low crime, good education, a surfeit of culture, and a highly-educated workforce have earned this capital city a reputation of note. The thriving economy, combined with world-renowned strengths in banking and finance, tourism and IT, plus the proximity to the rest of the continent, make this a city of choice for many expats. Excellent accommodation in many great areas, from new high-rise apartments to period houses, offer plenty of choices. However, the unfamiliar schooling system, the home rental requirements, selecting an area to live on the most direct transport links may all seem daunting. Using a specialised relocation consultant will guide you through the minefield of lease negotiations, school enrolment and more while helping to plan your move with maximum efficiency.
Average Monthly Rent - Luxembourg City
|1 bedroom in city centre||€1,494.12|
|1 bedroom outside of centre||€1,167.86|
|3 bedrooms in city centre||€2,988.46|
|3 bedrooms outside of centre||€1,985.71|