Are you looking for a roommate in Luxembourg and don’t know how to go about it? Here are our tips for finding an apartment with a landlord who accepts roommates or a roommate who meets your expectations.
We also talk to you about an innovative co-location, between juniors and seniors, so that everyone, whatever their generation, can find something to do and benefit from this unusual cohabitation.
How to find an apartment to share
In Luxembourg City, sharing a flat is a very popular form of accommodation for young employees and trainees. On the other hand, traditional landlords are not always ready to rent for a shared apartment.
To meet this need, which is becoming more and more prevalent not only among students, but also among young international executives, organizations are specializing in offering coliving solutions. This is notably the case of Vauban&Fort.
There are many websites and forums in Luxembourg that specialize in finding a roommate. On Roomez.lu or Appartager.lu, you will find not only ads for housing searches, but also offers for rooms, studios,apartments and houses to rentand share with others.
These sites also give you the opportunity to meet people with the same desires and expectations as you in terms of housing.
Facebook is also a good way to find accommodation. Search the following groups: Roommate Luxembourg, Roommate in Luxembourg and Roommate Luxembourg/WG Lëtzebuerg). You can post your own roommate search ad.
According to the website Appartager.lu, it is necessary to count an average budget of more than 700€ to find a room. In Luxembourg City, you should plan on a budget of 800€.
You can also contact real estate agencies. Having a large list of properties for rent, they know which landlords are willing to rent out their homes as roommates, which is not always easy! The agencies also offer a personalized follow-up and can guide you in your search. They will also guide you on the rental prices to expect.
However, don’t neglect newspapers and classified ads. Although newspaper classifieds may seem a little old school, they are still an effective way to find a roommate quickly. So don’t forget to take a look at Luxembourg newspapers, such as the Wort and L’Essentiel, which regularly feature classified ads for housing in their pages.
Want to try an unusual intergenerational shared apartment?
Intergenerational co-location is a new form of housing with a social aspect. In concrete terms, it is a question of putting older people who have space in their homes in contact with young people. They can benefit from housing in exchange for a helping hand, a simple reassuring presence or a moderate rent.
In Luxembourg, intergenerational cohabitation came into being in March 2015 through Cohabit’âge. The concept is simple: to develop mutual aid between the elderly and young people. The youngest – between 18 and 40 years old – commit to helping their elders in exchange for a lower rent, or even free for the most invested.
Three formulas are offered to best suit the needs and requirements of each individual. The whole thing is governed by a roommate contract established and supervised by Cohabit’Age, acting as an intermediary in the relationship.
- The solidarity formula allows the young person to commit to providing a reassuring and caring presence a few evenings a week and a few weekends a month. In exchange, the senior citizen provides a furnished room, entirely free of charge.
- The friendly formula requires a regular presence in exchange for a monthly contribution to the expenses.
- The friendly formula requires only a creation of bonds, conviviality and a respect of the quietude of the senior. In exchange, the young person is housed in exchange for an attractive monthly financial allowance.
Caritas is also at the origin of a cohabitation project which focuses on the social mix of elderly people with modest incomes and students, often of foreign origin, who come to study in Luxembourg.
Financed by the City of Luxembourg and the Ministry of Housing, Doheem mateneen opened its doors in 2017 in Beggen. This residence welcomes seniors and students who have difficulty financing a rent. The objective of this initiative is to help each other between two generations who often have to face precariousness.
In exchange for a very low rent, students commit to helping the elderly with various tasks. This can be mobility assistance, shopping assistance,administrative assistance, small repairs, organization of common meals, gardening, etc…
The 2,000 m2 residence includes twelve 45 m2 apartments for the elderly and twelve 15 m2 student apartments with kitchen and common living areas, a multi-purpose common room, as well as functional spaces such as a workshop, a treatment room, garden plots, etc.
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