Accommodation Related Questions and Answers

How do I find housing in Luxembourg?

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Before your arrival in Luxembourg you will be assigned a relocation agency to help you quickly locate suitable housing in Luxembourg. Your relocation agent will contact you to start the process. They will send you a form that you will need to fill in to provide them all the necessary information (personal details, preferences, needs, budget constrains, etc.) to prepare your accomodation search.

When you first arrive in Luxembourg, the school will put you up in a hotel for 7 nights, at the school's expense, while you are looking for permanent accommodation in Luxembourg. The school will make the necessary reservations and send you the hotel contact and reservation confirmation information.

The relocation agent will have a visit programme for you which should include viewing 8-10 different properties and for accompanying you to these visits.  They are also responsible for going with you for the "walk-through" of your new accommodation and the collection of your keys. 
 
The HR Office is responsible for double-checking the clauses of your rental agreement and helping you understand the details of what you are signing.

What will housing cost?

At the moment, monthly rents in Luxembourg City range from about EUR 900+ for an unfurnished studio apartment to EUR 2,500+ for a four-bedroom house. 

Please keep in mind that prices outside the city will be lower, in this case you will need to invest in a car or be prepared to take public transportation.

You will need to take the following additional housing-related costs into account:

  • BEFORE you move in: you must pay a one-month agency commission plus 15% VAT;
  • BEFORE you move in: you must pay the first month's rent as well as a deposit ("bank guarantee") equaling two or sometimes three months' rent;

 

  • AFTER you move in: you will need to take out a minimum insurance coverage (the school will help you with this) for the apartment / house and your belongings;
  • AFTER you move in: you may need to buy furnishings for the apartment / house;
  • AFTER you move in: you may need to buy a phone for the apartment / house;
  • AFTER you move in: you may need to pay to have the land-line and the television cable connections re-connected.


It is very important for you to check out the internet sites listed below to get an idea on what might be currently available on the housing market and what the prices are likely to be.  However, please remember that Luxembourg rental market moves really fast and apartments or houses which you see on the market now may not be available by the time you arrive in July.

Where in Luxembourg shall I rent?

The school is located on the south-western edge of the city, between two very nice residential neighborhoods: "Merl" and "Belair". There are other nice neighbourhoods in the surrounding area at a short distance: Cessange, Gasperich, some areas of Hollerich and Bonnevoie, City Center, etc. You may prefer to live outside the city, prices are cheaper and public transport normally works well. In this case have a look at Bertrange, Strassen, Hesperange etc.
 
This is a very personal decision and there are many factors that you will need to consider: family needs and preferences, budget, transportation, pets (keep in mind that not all accomodations accept pets, specially dogs) etc. Talk about all these issues with your relocation agent so he/she can provide you the best housing options for you. 
 
Here is a link to a map from the website of the city of Luxembourg which will give you a good idea of where the school is located. Finding ISL

The link will take you to an interactive topographical map and you will need to type in the name "rue Charles Martel" (a street on one side of the campus, but not the mailing address of the school) into the address search. ISL's buildings are in the lower middle part of your screen: the green rectangle is our playing field, our gym is the square next to the playing field, the "L" shaped building is our Upper School, the rectangle to the left of the Upper School is our Hillside building, and the building between the Hillside building and Rue Charles Martel is our Lower School.

Gathering ideas on the Luxembourg property market: rental prices and availability

ImmoNews.lu
Here you have the choice to choose the language which you want to view the site and the ads. This is a good over-view of listings from both private owners and agencies.
 
AtHome.lu
This site also now offers the possibility to view the postings in English (see upper left-hand corner) and a great place to get a feel for the rental market.

Want to share?

If you come as single and do not wish to live on your own, or not sure where to live in Luxembourg at first, sharing a flat with other similar professional workers can be a good temporary solution, at a reasonable price. Talk about all this with your relocation agent so he/she can provide you the best housing options for you. 

You can check : Airbnb.com, appartager.lu, furnished.lu, etc

 

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