Linz is relatively affordable compared to other European cities. Rent for a one-bedroom apartment can range from €500–€800 per month, depending on the location and the apartment’s condition. Groceries and dining out can be reasonably priced, with a meal at an inexpensive restaurant costing between €10–€15, and Austrian beer in a bar costing around €3–€4.
Leisure activities in Linz can be affordable as well. For instance, a visit to the Ars Electronica Center, a popular museum of contemporary art, science and technology, costs €12 per person and cinema tickets cost around €10–€12 per person. The city also offers various parks and gardens that are free to the public, including the Donaupark. There are also several hiking trails and outdoor recreational areas within easy reach of the city.
Finding accommodation in Linz can be challenging, especially in the city center or during peak times (during Ars Electronica Festival). Start your search at least a few months before your desired move-in date. The most common types of accommodation are apartments, either shared or private, and houses for families in the surroundings of Linz. A good place to start your search is online platforms such as WILLHABEN (willhaben.at), ImmobilienScout24 (immobilienscout24.at) and WG-GESUCHT(wg-gesucht.at), which list available apartments and rooms in shared housing. Additionally, local newspapers, notice boards and social media groups can also provide useful information. When renting a property, you must register your address with the local authorities within three days of moving in. You must bring a valid ID or passport, the rental agreement and proof of insurance to the registration appointment. It is also recommended to take photos of the apartment's condition to avoid any disputes later.