Accommodation in Vienna
Vienna is a well-planned city and is organised into 23 districts, the first being the city centre, with succeeding numbers lying farther and farther on the outskirts. Generally, the further one moves from Vienna's centre, the cheaper the property prices are.
Vienna has an efficient transportation system, and expats can essentially live anywhere and still keep their work commute to under 30 minutes.
Types of accommodation in Vienna
Expat accommodation in Vienna is mostly in the form of apartments found in flat-fronted, four-story buildings.
All of these buildings generally look the same from the outside, either exhibiting classic Viennese black wrought-iron balconies or embodying more modern, flat facades.
Finding property in Vienna
Finding a suitable property in Vienna can be a challenge for new arrivals, as Vienna's property market can be difficult to navigate.
While property portals and listings in the newspaper can be good sources, they are mostly printed 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 properties which meet expat needs and lifestyle preferences.
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.
Renting property in Vienna
Most expats choose to rent accommodation rather than purchase property in Vienna. Before signing a lease it’s important to understand exactly what the lease requires. Long-term contracts can be binding and the idiosyncrasies of Viennese apartments can be intimidating.
Renting property in Vienna is fairly straightforward, especially with the help of an estate agent. The majority 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. There a number of good furniture stores in Vienna, where new arrivals will find everything they need.
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.