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Frankfurt is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city and each year hundreds of expats move to the city to have a German expat experience. One of the biggest decisions facing those considering a move to Frankfurt is where exactly to live.
Choosing which neighbourhood to live in is determined by a number of factors, including price of accommodation, facilities available, and proximity to workplace, good international schools and transport links. Luckily, there are areas and suburbs in Frankfurt to suit every expat's accommodation and lifestyle needs.
Young and trendy areas of Frankfurt
Bornheim provides a lively atmosphere to young professional expats with a selection of pubs, bars and restaurants in the area. With an active nightlife scene, most of the best entertainment spots are located along Bornheim’s main street, Berger Strassa, which is also home to some of Frankfurt’s best cider houses. Bornheim is well served by public transport and is on a number of bus routes and two underground train lines.
The majority of accommodation in Bornheim comes in the form of apartment units in modern complexes. This is a popular area to live in because of its vibrant entertainment scene and close proximity to the city centre, so accommodation costs are naturally quite high.
Sachsenhausen is a highly sought-after area for expats, especially those interested in the arts. This is a well-populated area of Frankfurt, with loads of activities on offer to keep the residents of this neighbourhood entertained, including great flea markets and some of Germany’s best museums.
Located on the south side of the river, Alt-Sachsenhausen is famous for its cobbled streets. For those preferring Frankfurt’s cafe culture, Schweizer Strasse is also located in Sachsenhausen. Apartments are relatively affordable and many properties have great views of the River Main.
Family-friendly suburbs of Frankfurt
Kronberg is an ideal place to bring up children as properties are spacious and there are lots of open spaces and leafy green parks in close proximity. Kronberg is also home to a number of good international schools.
Public transport links that connect Kronberg to other parts of Frankfurt are fairly good. The neighbourhood is located on two S-Bahn lines and average commute time into Frankfurt’s city centre is approximately 20 to 30 minutes.
Property can be quite pricey here, so expats interested in the areas should negotiate an accommodation allowance with their employer.
Nordend is a relatively peaceful part of Frankfurt, which is particularly popular with young couples and families as there are a number of good schools in the area. Nordend residents have a strong sense of community and regularly organise small-scale events within the neighbourhood.
Nordend is centrally located and well served by local buses. Being so close to Bornheim allows residents of the area to easily access some of the city’s best restaurants and bars. The area is also well loved by those who enjoy upscale wine and cocktail bars. Property prices are more reasonable here than in Kronberg.
City living in Frankfurt
Westend is another area that attracts many expats. Grüneburgpark and the Palm Gardens are located within the area, which provide residents with a great place to relax. This is a beautiful part of the city to live in, with stylish and architecturally stunning historic buildings lining the streets.
The neighbourhood is home to the offices of Frankfurt’s top legal firms and financial companies, and it is particularly popular among expats who are employed in those industries, as they appreciate living in close proximity to the workplace.
The area is an upmarket part of Frankfurt and accommodation costs are some of the highest in the city. Westend has an abundance of luxury living options and most apartments are located in converted historical buildings.
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"If you want to live in the city and be surrounded by restaurants and pubs, live in Bornheim. Westend and Nordend are nice places too but can get pricey. Sachsenhausen is a lovely place to live in too and there is always Schweizer Platz to hang out in."
Read more about Singaporean expat Yolande's experience of Frankfurt.
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