Luxembourg - areas to live and schools(8 Posts)
We are moving to Luxembourg imminently and despite a couple of reccy trips, we are still in a quandary as to where best to live.
The main issue is we don't yet have a school place for September (son due to start Reception in England as he turns 5 late this year).
We have applied for St George's but still wait listed. I have also applied for the international school, though it does look a little large and scary for a 5 year old! We haven't totally ruled out sending our son to a local school, but hubby not hugely keen on this idea.
So all that said, we are trying to work on locations that would serve all schools, as well as be convenient for my husband's work and also a nursery/creche for our younger daughter.
My husband's work is at the Cloche D'or area. We have also come across Sunflower Montessori which looks amazing for our 2.5 year old.
So, we have come across the locations of Moutfort/Contern, Hesperange/Roeser, and Strassen.
Moutfort is great for the Sunflower montessori and I understand there is a private bus route for St George's. It's also not a bad drive to the office for my husband as it appears to be a fairly rural route in for most of the way. For ex-cur activities, it looks like Sandweiler has a lot going on nearby with maybe the exception of a swimming pool?
We have also seen a relatively reasonable priced house here too, with the only downside being its close proximity to a rail line...
Hesperange area - looks ideal for both my husband's work. There is also another private bus route for St George's, and generally seems to be one of the clearer routes into the City and the schools for driving purposes. Downside is no Sunflower montessori - so we would need to look at other creches. [On a side note - any recommendations on other creches would be really helpful here].
Strassen - looks handy to get into ISL and maybe OK also for St George's if driving. Also on the private bus route for St G's. Downside again, no Sunflower - there is one at Bertrange but I am informed availability is an issue at that location. [So - any other recommendations for creches at Strassen area would be very helpful too please].
Strassen also looks like it has a lot of amenities including the big pool, and other ex-cur activities.
I guess - all in all, I am looking for tips/advice on which of these locations you would recommend - pluses/minuses? My eyes are definitely going square/rectangular shape from so much research on this!!
Many many thanks in advance.
Hi Query, we're also moving to Lux in July (DH already out there). Have you looked at Lycée Michel Lucius in Limpertsberg - they are opening a new English primary in Sept which is a state school. Our two are registered, although we're hoping to get into St George's as the transition may be easier for our two. We're also still looking for somewhere to live, saw a couple of places available now but we can't move until July...
Sorry for another post - there's a useful Facebook group called Luxembourg expats - if you join a lot of people will have asked similar questions- I found it really helpful
sorry, no advice, but your post made me feel nostalgic as i went to st. george's 25 years ago! it was the top floor of another school and really tiny, about 40
students, and i loved it!
Hi Henstooth, thanks so much for your message and your tips.
I did look at that new English speaking section of Michel Lucius but unfortunately our son is only going into reception as of sept and the michel Lucius school is starting from year 1. That would have been a great option otherwise.
I am starting to wonder if we just try out the local school with the (hope) that we get a place at St Georges in due course. From what I understand geberally most get in eventually. I am not too sure about the ISL. it's also very expensive...!
In the end, we have settled for the villages just south of the airport - east of Lux around Sandweiler etc. There are a lot of amenities in that area including activity classes, ballet, swimming, tennis etc.
The traffic in the morning is certainly bad but frankly looks bad in most areas at rush hour anyway. We also really like the Sunflower crèche and they have a handy location at Moutfort (also at Findel bit I reckon the traffic will be particularly terrible there at rush hour).. I am a big fan of the country roads tootling around!
So in the end I have now tentatively found a house. In fact, via a FB group funily enough (Luxembourg parents group page). Lots of helpful people!
I am starting to see a lot of houses coming available from July August now as lots of movement over summer holidays!
Also it seems a lot of property is word of mouth as not everything apparently makes athome.lu etc and as I have now experienced a few times - good property gets snapped up really quickly! We have now lost out a couple of times so fingers crossed for this one we have now found this week.
It's definitely a minefield, but feel like we are getting there, though I will be happy once schooling sorted out!
Have you settled on an area(s) to live yourselves?
Thanks again for your message.
We're struggling a bit with housing - my husband is on a 1 year contract (CDD) and it doesn't seem to be going down well with landlords who want someone with a 3+ year contract or permanently based in Lux. My husband has been told there is a good chance he will be extended by a year and maybe even take a permanent job but at the moment, this seems to be a deal breaker for the landlords. We may end up having to get an apartment for a year, if that's possible.
Getting a little anxious as our house in the UK is rented so we have to be out by the 26th July....
I've tried joining the Facebook parents group but my request seems to have gone into a black hole. All very stressful!
Is the one years contract going down badly with Landlords or Estate Agents. Both obviously like three years but for DIFFERENT reasons.
One important reason is owners normally have to completely redecorate after three years and worry that after one year they may be faced with that expense. Anything you move into will probably have been decorated perhaps finding something before the old tenant moves out and suggesting taking it without a full decoration!
Have you shown them the contract. They might be worried it's not in place.
How stressful Indeed. It is strange as I have heard many people able to sign 1 year leases. Though two to three more common.
The other option is you could take a longer lease anyway, but with the diplomatic clause in place eg we have signed a two year lease, but have a diplomatic clause which means if we have to leave Luxembourg before our lease is up, we only have to provide the usual three month notice period.
As gfplux pointed out, there's this rule where you must repaint if less than three years in a property even on a short lease (at least I was told). It is a bit daft, but that's the way it is. I have also been told that you're best off having a place repainted by previous tenants so it's not you that gets the blame when trying to reclaim your deposit back. I guess it all depends on the landlord and what you agree on the way in.
I hope you find something soon. Houses and schools have definitely been the most stressful part of our move so far!!
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