Living in Luxembourg?
Housing and Education in Luxembourg
Cost and Quality of Living: Rent Will Be One of Your Biggest Expenses
According to international surveys and rankings, Luxembourg is among the top 20 countries which offer the highest quality of living worldwide. This is not only due to the natural environment and the cozy small-town flair, but also to the safety of the towns, and to the political and economic stability of the country. Luxembourg’s high level of safety and security as well as its low rate of crime are considered to be linked to its overall wealth and its residents’ level of satisfaction with life in Luxembourg.
While the overall cost of living may not be that high, rents and property prices are, unfortunately, indeed high in comparison to other European countries. You should, however, be able to save money on many other commodities (like gas, tobacco, alcohol, and electronic equipment, which are less expensive than in other European countries), which makes life in Luxembourg still quite affordable for expats. If you need more precise numbers on the daily living costs, you can visit the official portal of the Grand Duchy.
Housing Prices On the Rise
As mentioned above, you should plan to spend a big part of your monthly budget on rent. This is especially the case if you settle in Luxembourg City or in the country’s west. To get an idea of the average rent and property prices in Luxembourg, have a look at the Observatoire de l’Habitat (in French). Make sure to always have a rental agreement (Contrat de Bail à Loyer) which clearly states the terms and conditions of your lease. A lease is usually signed for the duration of between one and three years.
The Ministry of Housing supports the development of the housing market with construction, acquisition, and renovation of buildings. A housing research agency was created in 2003 to support coherent development planning in this field. However, despite various government incentives, housing prices are still on the rise.
The Housing Search Made Easy with the Internet or Expat Contacts
Once you have consulted the Observatoire de l’Habitat and have gotten a general idea of the average rental prices in Luxembourg, it is time to start the housing search; most rental properties are advertised through real estate agencies. For a general online search, the following websites are a great place to start:
However, do not hesitate to get in touch with other expats already living in Luxembourg. They may be looking for a roommate or for someone to take over their lease, thus saving you a lot of time and the agency costs. The latter usually amount to one month’s rent plus 17% VAT. Additionally, you are required to pay a deposit of two to three months’ rent.
Education in Luxembourg: Based on the French Model
Luxembourg’s school system is modeled after the French education system and leads to an internationally recognized baccalaureate. After graduation, students may choose to attend university in a neighboring European country or enroll at the University of Luxembourg. Founded in 2003, the university offers a wide range of subjects, as well as cooperating with other universities and research institutes around the world. Its faculties and centers include:
- The Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication
- The Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance
- The Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education
- The Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust
- The Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine
For the many expat families living in Luxembourg, there are several international schools. Their curricula are specifically designed to accommodate expat kids and cater to their needs. The multinational staff and the international curricula are just two of the reasons why many expat parents opt to send their kids to an international school. Luxembourg’s international schools include:
One thing to bear in mind is that these schools are not cheap! St George’s fees for 2015/2016 range from almost 6,000 EUR per year for preschoolers up to just over 16,000 EUR for teenagers in their final two years of school.
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