Trier is one of the oldest city in Germany, located in the very west of the country. It is roughly 190 kilometers away from both Frankfurt and Cologne, two of Germany's largest cities. You'll find that Trier is also ideally located when it comes to exploring the rest of Europe, as it is not far from the borders of Luxembourg, Belgium, and France.
The city is home to some 106,500 people and it enjoys sister status with several cities all over the world — including Fort Worth, Texas, to name just one. The city also blends old and new — it was founded by the Romans, meaning there are plenty of relics left behind from the past, but it is also a university town, so it boasts a young, international vibe, too.
The climate in Trier is temperate, as is the case in much of Germany. Summer temperatures average around 21°C and winter days can be around -1°C. As extreme temperatures are relatively rare, it is not necessary that you bring special winter gear, unless you are planning to partake in winter sports, that is. Precipitation levels vary only slightly throughout the year, but summers can include days that are quite hot and humid.
The apartment share is a popular method of accommodation, especially for students, and will often have two to eight members. This is a popular way for young newcomers to Germany to find somewhere to live at least for the first few months, as it is cheaper. There are quite a few websites offering the newest listings.
As an expat, finding accommodation where your name is on the lease or deed can be rather more challenging, but it is possible. Websites such as atHome.de or ImmobilienScout24 can be a first starting point on your search. Note, however, that most websites are in German only. It might also be worth taking the time to join groups on social sites or asking local friends and colleagues to keep their eyes and ears open for those who are looking for someone to fill their old apartment or for a new roommate. If you want to share an apartment wg-gesucht.de would be another great option, available in both German and English for your convenience.
You can also find out more about renting or buying property in Germany in general, as well as about connected topics such as utilities and household goods, in our dedicated articles on housing and accommodation in Germany.
Lastly, once you have finally found somewhere to live, don’t forget to register your new address with the city — this can be done by going to the citizen’s bureau located at the city hall after your move to Trier. Remember to do so within the first 10 days after arrival.