Accommodation in Vienna

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Finding accommodation in Vienna is often the first priority for new arrivals to the city. For some, the task of finding a place to live is dealt with by the employer, but for many others it is a job they must undertake themselves.

Due to the short-term nature of most expat assignments, the majority of people who relocate to the city opt to rent rather than buy property.

Types of accommodation in Vienna 

accommodation in vienna

Expat accommodation in Vienna is mostly in the form of apartments found in flat-fronted, four-story buildings painted in an array of colours - pale pink, yellow, white and even mint green. 

All of these buildings generally look the same from the outside. Some have black wrought-iron balconies, and some have been modernised, but they all have the same enigmatic façade. Yet once past the threshold don’t be surprised to discover delightful inner courtyards and gardens. And of course, the apartments themselves can be quite nice compared to the sometimes neglected common spaces, such as stairwells and entryways.

Vienna is a well-planned city and on several occasions has played host to urban planning conferences. It is organised into 23 districts, the first being the city centre and the succeeding numbers lying farther and farther on the outskirts. Naturally, the further one moves from the centre of Vienna, the cheaper the price of property and the larger their size.

Those moving to the city with children will also need to factor in the proximity of good schools when deciding on a home in Vienna. Regardless of location, do remember that Vienna has an efficient transportation system, and expats can essentially live anywhere and still keep their commute to work under 30 minutes. 


Finding property in Vienna

Finding a suitaible property in Vienna will be a challenge for new arrivals who tend to have a limited understanding of Vienna's property market and how to go about navigating it. 

While property portals and listings in the newspaper can be good sources, they are of limited use for those who are not fluent in German. Therefore, it is advised that expats utilise the services of a professional real estate agent. While their services do come at a cost they are well equipped to find expats properties in the city which meet their needs and lifestyle preferences.

Renting property in Vienna

Most expats choose to rent accommodation rather than purchase property in Vienna. Before signing a lease it’s worth conducting proper research. Long-term contracts can be binding and the idiosyncrasies of Viennese apartments intimidating.

Renting property in Vienna is fairly straightforward, especially with the help of an estate agent. Around 95 percent of property in the city is rented out through these agents.

The standard of accommodation in Vienna is high. Expats will find that features such as indoor heating, parquet flooring and double glazing are standard.

Shared accommodation is likely to be partly furnished, but most apartments in Vienna are unfurnished. For expats from the EU, shipping furniture to Austria is a viable option but there are also a number of good furniture stores in Vienna, where new arrivals will find everything they need.

Expats moving to Vienna should note that it is easier to find rental properties during certain times of the year than others. September is the beginning of the academic year in Austria and the influx of students to Vienna increases competition for rental properties.

Generally, tenants are responsible for all their utility bills. However, some agents will offer expats the option of paying a flat fee each month to cover the utilities – this option works out to be more economical, especially in the winter months.

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