Expats will find that there is a large variety of accommodation options available in Munich, but the biggest challenge is not finding the perfect place but rather deciding upon a location.
There are numerous areas and suburbs in Munich and ultimately the neighbourhood expats choose to live in will depend on a number of factors such as their budget, proximity to their workplace, proximity to good schools and the availability of amenities.
Naturally, housing away from Munich’s city centre is generally more affordable. Like most European cities, Munich’s core is home to a large number of shops, museums, parks and theatres, and thus offers limited scope in terms of housing properties. Being a hub for business and cultural activity, if expats do find a suitable home in the city centre they should expect to pay premium rates for it.
Popular areas and suburbs of Munich
This is a chic residential area of Munich located close to the city centre. Expats will find that the accommodation options here are mainly in the form of high-quality, modern apartments. While properties here are small fittings are luxurious. Public transport connections to this area are excellent which makes travelling really easy and residents have access to a wide variety of facilities and amenities. Furthermore, Neuhausen is very close to Munich’s Nymphenberg Palace and its beautiful garden grounds which provide a paradise for dog-walkers, runners and recreational cyclists. The area is popular with the wealthy and young professionals who have a substantial disposable income.
Haidhaussen is a trendy area of Munich that is popular with a younger crowd. The area is close to the city centre but the buildings have a rural character to them. Weisenburger Platz and Pariser Platz are home to Munich’s impressive pub culture. Expats who enjoy an active lifestyle will be able to jog, cycle or simply take a stroll along the Isar River which cuts through the area. Public transport links serve Haidhaussen well and residents can travel around Munich very easily.
This a very desirable neighbourhood in Munich due to its location close to the city centre. Residents have access to great shopping facilities and lots of social amenities such as nightclubs, bars and sports centres. The U-Bahn connections close to the area make it easy to get around and residents have very little need for a car. The demand for rental property in Maxvostadt is high and therefore housing prices have been driven up making the area only accessible to a select few. The types of expats that live here tend to be single executives earning good salaries.
Expats will find that property in Bogenhausen is more affordable than what can be found in areas closer to Munich’s city centre. Housing here is still of an excellent standard and expats benefit from being a little bit removed from the hustle and bustle of city life. Expats living in Bogenhausen can enjoy the tranquillity that comes from living close to the Isar River and Munich’s famous English garden. The area is well connected thanks to U-Bahn and S-Bahn and residents are just a short commute from the city. The area is popular with older expats and those with small families.
Giesing is an area located on the edge of the city centre and along the Isar River. It is a cosmopolitan area and home to a number of different established immigrant communities. Expats will find the accommodation here is generally affordable and more spacious than property located close to the city centre. While the area cannot boast much in terms of nightlife, it is home to a number of good restaurants and a handful of decent bars. Public transport connections to the area are good and the journey into Munich’s city centre takes around 20 minutes. This is a great area for expats who are looking to save a bit of money and those who want to interact more with local people.
Berg am Laim
Berg am Laim in a southeastern suburb of Munich which is close to Bogenhausen and Haidhausen. The area is pleasantly quiet and great for families with young children. The area has a number of leafy parks and properties are relatively spacious. The area is close to a number of good international and bilingual schools which makes it a great location for expats. It also has its fair share of restaurants and shops to serve the local residents. Proximity to the U-Bahn station offers easy access to the city centre.
This suburban area lies about 40 minutes away from Munich’s centre and is a great option for expats looking for a quieter experience. The area has a large concentration of shops and restaurants in its main square, which reduces the need for residents to have to travel into the city centre. Pasing is home to a large student population because of its proximity to the University of Applied Sciences. Property in the area is affordable and houses are large and often come with a decent sized garden. The area's proximity to a number of good bilingual schools makes it popular with families.
Neuperlach is a suburb in the south of Munich. This is a safe and pleasant area that is popular with families and expats looking to save money during their stay in Munich. The houses are large and comfortable, although some of the architecture may seem dated. The community is well served by supermarkets, small shops and a handful of restaurants and bars. Neuperlach is served by several U-Bahn stations and a number of bus lines which makes the commute into Munich’s city centre quite straightforward.