Last updated on Feb 03, 2023
Summary: The population of Hannover is 545,000. Hannover is a vibrant city with a rich cultural heritage, a great nightlife, and plenty of green spaces. Expats love the city's excellent public transportation system, its affordability, and its friendly locals. The weather in Hannover is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from an average low of 32°F (0°C) in the winter to an average high of 68°F (20°C) in the summer. The average cost of living in Hannover for an expat is around $1,500 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $800 per month, and a two bedroom apartment is around $1,100 per month.
What do I need to know about living in Hannover?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Hannover, they said:
"- Consider what the cost of living looks like in the city. - Look into the climate and weather of Hannover, as well as any health concerns. - Familiarize yourself with the language, resources and transport systems in the city. - Think about your healthcare options and needs in retirement. - Consider what type of lifestyle you'd like to lead, and if it aligns with what Hannover has to offer. - Learn about the city's cultural and social diversities, to get a better understanding of the city. - Investigate the job market and employment opportunities in the region. - Research local clubs and societies that you may be interested in joining. - Utilize platform such as Expat Groups on social media to learn more about life in Hannover," remarked another in Hannover.
What do I need to know before moving to Hannover?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Hannover, they said:
"1. You need to learn the local language, German. 2. Pay attention to the public transportation system, as it is efficient and affordable. 3. Familiarize yourself with the city’s various attractions, cultural events, and recreational activities. 4. Be mindful of the climate and seasonal weather changes. 5. Be aware of the local employment market, as jobs may be more available in certain fields or industries. 6. Consider the cost of living in the city and prepare a budget. 7. Make sure to research the area’s healthcare and educational facilities. 8. Ensure that you have the necessary documents and permits to move to and stay in Hannover," said another person in Hannover.
How do I find a place to live in Hannover?
We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:
"You have a few options for finding a place to live in Hannover. Searching for classified ads online is a great place to get started. Websites like Immobilien24.de and Immowelt.de are popular for specifically searching for apartments for rent in Hannover and the surrounding area. You can also find places through more traditional methods like checking newspapers or bulletin boards in supermarkets, such as Kölner, discounters, and in the many universities around town. If you want to look at different neighbourhoods, local real estate agents can be a great resource to get an idea of average rental costs in different areas of the city as well as give you tips on where to look. The Hannover Job Center can also be a great resource, as they often have listings for available apartments. Finally, if you are looking for a shorter term rental, hostels, temporary apartments, and short-term-rentals through Airbnb can be great options," added another person living in Hannover.
What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Hannover?
"Expat apartments in Hannover are typically modern, spacious, and well-furnished units. Most of the apartments are bright and airy, often featuring balconies for natural lighting. Many of the apartments in the city center offer views of historic sights and parks. Expat apartments usually come with modern amenities, such as fully equipped kitchens, dishwashers, washers and dryers, and often include a parking spot. Apartments tend to be close to public transportation, such as U- and S-Bahn lines, so expats can easily travel from their new home to other cities around Hannover," remarked another in Hannover.
What is the average cost of housing in Hannover?
If you are thinking about moving to Hannover, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:
"The cost of housing in Hannover varies depending on the area and type of accommodation, but generally it is considered to be relatively affordable compared to other major cities in Germany. On average, an apartment in Hannover may cost around €800-€1000 per month for a one-bedroom, and slightly higher for larger apartments," said another expat in Hannover.
How do I meet people in Hannover?
When we asked people living in Hannover about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:
"There are many ways to meet people in Hannover. If you're looking to get to know the locals, consider joining an English-speaking meetup group or volunteering with a local community group. If you're interested in finding other internationals, head to one of the city's many bars and cafés or explore some of Hannover's student events and parties. If you join a gym or a sports team, you'll be able to meet people who share similar interests. Hannover also has a vibrant music and arts scene, so if you're interested in exploring this part of the city there are festivals, concerts and exhibitions to go to. Additionally, if you're looking for a more casual way to get to know people, try chatting with your friendly neighbors or joining one of the city's many board game and pub quiz nights," said another expat in Hannover.
What should I bring when moving to Hannover?
People living in Hannover were asked what three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They wrote:
"Essentials such as clothing, toiletries, bedding, and kitchen utensils; Identification papers such as passport, visas and driver’s license; Medication and first aid kit; Electronics such as laptop, mobile phone, chargers, and adapter plugs; Other items for comfort such as books, artwork and photographs; Household goods such as furniture, tableware, and carpets; Local currency and credit cards; Maps and guide books; Bicycles; Any items or tools needed for work; Any important documents; Valuables, jewelry and personal items; Cleaning supplies; A security box; and Sun protection such as sunglasses, sunscreen and hats," added another person living in Hannover.
Where should I setup a bank account in Hannover?
We asked expats in Hannover what banks they use and there advice about banking. They advised:
"You can set up a bank account in Hannover at any of the city's major banks, such as Deutsche Bank, Postbank, Commerzbank, and Volksbank. Alternatively, many supermarkets also offer banking services," explained one expat.
Will I be able to find a job in Hannover?
When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in Hannover, they reponded:
"Finding a job in Hannover is possible if you take the time to search for the right opportunities. Job seekers should look in the local newspaper, explore career websites, contact companies directly and network with other people who work in Hannover in order to find a suitable job opening. Additionally, since Hannover is the capital of Lower Saxony and the region's largest city, it can be beneficial to search for jobs on the websites of major employers in the area as well as any local job boards. Additionally, attending job fairs and professional events are great ways to learn more about potential job openings and to connect with hiring managers," remarked another in Hannover.
What is life like in Hannover?
When we asked people living in Hannover what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:
"Life as an expat in the area can be quite rewarding as it offers a diverse range of cultures, experiences and activities. The area is highly international and multicultural in nature and provides a great opportunity to mix with expats from all over the world. Expat life here is often full of surprises, with regular festivals and events. The weather is generally warm and sunny throughout the year, perfect for outdoor activities. Housing options vary from traditional whitewashed villas to modern apartments, and expats can find plenty of amenities nearby to suit their individual tastes and needs.The cost of living is fairly low in comparison to more expensive areas, making it attractive to those on a budget. There are plenty of shops, restaurants and bars to explore and plenty of activities to do, such as snorkelling, scuba diving, horse-riding and hiking. The transportation network is generally efficient and it's easy to get around, both locally and to other cities in the area. Expat life in this area provides an ideal blend of relaxation and adventure, making it an attractive destination for those seeking a new home," remarked another expat in Hannover.
What do expats in Hannover appreciate most about the local culture?
"Expats in Hannover appreciate the city's vibrant culture and friendly locals. Hannover is home to a wide variety of nightclubs, restaurants and bars, offering activities for all preferences. The city also hosts several yearly festivals including the Hanover Fair and Maschsee Festival. In addition, expats enjoy the fact that many locals are fluent in English, making the transition process much easier. Hannover is a safe, pleasant city with good infrastructure and public transport, making it a great place to settle down. Expats appreciate the low living costs and the many outdoor activities Hannover has to offer, such as its picturesque city parks and the forested areas of the nearby Lüneburg Heath," added another person living in Hannover.
"I have type 1 diabetes and I was absolutely blown away by how amazing it was. I cannot say enough about this. My wife and I also did in-vitro fertilization, pregnancy and post-natal experience and it cost us 100 euros for the whole thing - with great results. I appreciated the emphasis on recycling, public transport was efficient (we didn't need cars), everything was in walking distance for us, and it was easy to navigate everything in English," explained one expat living in Hannover.
What do expats find most challenging?
"Adjusting to cultural differences, language barriers, making new friends, feeling homesick, navigating the bureaucracy in a new country, finding affordable housing, managing finances in different currency, learning a new language, dealing with job insecurity, dealing with climate changes, finding trustworthy contacts and services, navigating social norms, and finding a sense of belonging," said another person in Hannover.
"I think the most challenging thing is the perception of German unfriendliness. The old people in German are absolutely horrible. They are by far the rudest, selfish, nasty people I have ever had to deal with. Other than that, it is a culture that really doesn't care to make small talk like in the states. I appreciate that, but some people see that as rude," remarked another expat in Hannover.
Is there a lot of crime in Hannover?
We asked people if there is a lot of crime. They answered:
"Hannover is generally considered to be a safe city and not particularly prone to crime. While it is not immune to the same kinds of criminal activity present in any major city, such as theft, vandalism, and burglary, the authorities tend to consider crime rates to be manageable," explained one expat.
Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Hannover accepting of differences?
"Hannover is one of the most diverse cities in Germany. It is home to different cultures and people from around the world, including people from Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and elsewhere. In general, most people in Hannover are accepting of cultural and religious differences, and there are several immigrant neighbourhoods in the city," remarked another in Hannover.
What are the schools in Hannover like?
"Hannover has a number of excellent public and private schools. Public schools are open to students of all backgrounds and areas of study, while private schools offer more specialized curricula and many have high academic standards. The quality of education in Hannover is considered to be particularly good among schools in Germany. In addition, there are numerous higher education institutions in and around Hannover, specializing in various fields of study. Furthermore, for those who prefer to study languages, there are a range of language centres in Hannover offering language courses in English, Spanish, French, Italian and Chinese," commented one expat when asked about in Hannover.
"As an American coming over to Germany, it was hard to understand the IB perspective at first. But I committed to it learning it and now I feel it is much better than a public school in the US. The school is friendly and welcoming, and Hannover is an amazing place to raise a family," explained one expat in Hannover, Germany with kids at International School Hannover Region.
About the Author
Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.