Accommodation for Newcomers in Strasbourg

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Immigration Accommodation in Strasbourg Canada

As a new immigrant arriving in Strasbourg one of the first tasks is to find short term and long-term accommodation in Strasbourg for you and your family.

Your first accommodation on arriving in Strasbourg may be temporary. This is ok, and is the route that most new migration arrivals in Strasbourg take. Some individuals opt of a good hostel or Serviced Accommodation in Strasbourg, while some are lucky enough to be able to stay with family or friends in the area. Most new arrivals take a short-term rental while they look for something long term. As with any city, it’s always easier to find someplace new to live once you are already there and Strasbourg is no different.

Accommodation for newcomers in Strasbourg Canada guide

You’ve been through the stress and emotional roller coaster involved with securing a visa for Canada and you’ve chosen Strasbourg as your destination. It’s a charming place with plenty or heritage. Strasbourg is well known to be extremely welcoming to new migrants.

Here is some background on Strasbourg for new immigration arrivals.

Strasbourg (, US: /ˈstrɑːsbʊərɡ, ˈstrɑːz-, bɜːrɡ/, French: [stʁazbuʁ, stʁasbuʁ] (About this soundlisten); Bas Rhin Alsatian: Strossburi [ˈʃd̥ʁɔːsb̥uʁi] (About this soundlisten), Haut Rhin Alsatian: Strossburig [ˈʃd̥ʁɔːsb̥uʁiɡ̊] (About this soundlisten); German: Straßburg [ˈʃtʁaːsbʊʁk] (About this soundlisten)) is the prefecture and largest city of the Grand Est region of Eastern France and the official seat of the European Parliament. Located at the border with Germany in the historic region of Alsace, it is the prefecture of the Bas-Rhin department.

In 2018, the city proper had 284,677 inhabitants and both the Eurométropole de Strasbourg (Greater Strasbourg) and the Arrondissement of Strasbourg had 500,510 inhabitants. Strasbourg’s metropolitan area had a population of 790,087 in 2017 (not counting the section across the border in Germany), making it the ninth-largest metro area in France and home to 13% of the Grand Est region’s inhabitants. The transnational Eurodistrict Strasbourg-Ortenau had a population of 958,421 inhabitants. Strasbourg is one of the de facto four main capitals of the European Union (alongside Brussels, Luxembourg and Frankfurt), as it is the seat of several European institutions, such as the European Parliament, the Eurocorps and the European Ombudsman of the European Union. An organization separate from the European Union, the Council of Europe (with its European Court of Human Rights, its European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines most commonly known in French as “Pharmacopée Européenne”, and its European Audiovisual Observatory) is also located in the city.

Together with Basel (Bank for International Settlements), Geneva (United Nations), The Hague (International Court of Justice) and New York City (United Nations world headquarters), Strasbourg is among the few cities in the world that is not a state capital that hosts international organisations of the first order. The city is the seat of many non-European international institutions such as the Central Commission for Navigation on the Rhine and the International Institute of Human Rights. It is the second city in France in terms of international congress and symposia, after Paris. Strasbourg’s historic city centre, the Grande Île (Grand Island), was classified a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988. Strasbourg is immersed in Franco-German culture and although violently disputed throughout history, has been a cultural bridge between France and Germany for centuries, especially through the University of Strasbourg, currently the second-largest in France, and the coexistence of Catholic and Protestant culture. It is also home to the largest Islamic place of worship in France, the Strasbourg Grand Mosque.

Economically, Strasbourg is an important centre of manufacturing and engineering, as well as a hub of road, rail, and river transportation. The port of Strasbourg is the second-largest on the Rhine after Duisburg in Germany, and the second-largest river port in France after Paris.

Finding Immigration Accommodation for Newcomers in Strasbourg Canada

Most searches begin with a search engine. Local papers in Strasbourg may well be online and of course, listing sites such as Craigslist and Rentfaster Strasbourg can be of great help.

What is the cost of short term accommodation in Strasbourg

The cost of short-term newcomer accommodation in Strasbourg varies greatly depending on requirements and neighborhoods. Lots of new arrivals to Strasbourg use Airbnb to give them an indication of short term rental process in Strasbourg and also the option to book with confidence and security.

Another website that offers the same accommodation as Airbnb.

Rental accommodation in Strasbourg for newcomers

One you decide to rent an apartment or house there are certain things specific to Canada to keep in mind. For example, make sure to agree who pays for utilities, and who is responsible for removing snow!

Property owners and landlords will usually require payslips or proof of income, bank statements and occasionally they may require references from previous landlords although lots of new immigrants to Strasbourg were homeowners in their previous country. Sometimes it does help to already have secured employment in the greater Strasbourg area.



All renters in Strasbourg have rights, so you need to familiarize yourself with those rights before you sign any agreement. Thankfully there are a number of Organizations set up in Strasbourg to help. These are called Newcomer services and a list of these can be found here: newcomer service

Newcomer subletting in Strasbourg Canada

Sometimes when a renter leaves for a few months they will sublet their accommodation. Quite often they leave some furnishings behind and for some newcomers to Strasbourg this can be an ideal option, especially if you’ve yet to buy furniture or if your shipment is delayed.


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