You’re coming to Luxembourg, we hope that we can help with some basic information on settling in. Luxembourg is very welcoming to newcomers; more than 200,000 foreigners live in the Grand Duchy, many Irish people amongst them. The Ville de Luxembourg has a useful guide for new arrivals; justarrived.lu/en/
Luxair have a direct flight between Dublin and Luxembourg. Luxembourg is well served by low-cost airlines at Frankfurt-Hahn and Charleroi. Ryanair fly from these airports to Dublin and Kerry. Flibco has a regular bus service between these Airports and Luxembourg City. There are direct flights between Brussels National Airport and Dublin (Aer Lingus and Ryanair) and Cork (Aer Lingus).
Accommodation in Luxembourg can be more expensive than many other European Cities. Landlords often require deposits of at least two month’s rent and there may be sizable agency fees to pay as well. The quality of accommodation is usually of a high standard.
Accommodation can be found on websites such as athome.lu. There isn’t the same amount house-sharing and flat-sharing as there is in Ireland but you can search for these on sites such as www.appartager.lu or the weekly ad magazine Luxbazar. English-language newspapers in Luxembourg such as wort.lu, chonicle.lu, and delano.lu have small-ad sections.
There are no areas of the City that are unsafe to live in, it is always a good idea to visit an area that you are considering living in the evening before signing a lease. Luxembourg is a small country and many people live in communes outside of the City boundaries such as Strassen, Bridel, Walferdange, Mamer, Bertrange or Sandweiler. It’s fairly easy to commute as Luxembourg has a well-developed public transport system and monthly passes are inexpensive mobiliteit.lu
Many people choose to live across the borders in Trier, Germany, Arlon, Belgium or Metz and Thionville in France and to commute to Luxembourg. Accommodation is usually cheaper there.
Try asking around at Football or Hurling/Camogie training to see if anyone knows of a room that’s available.
Most apartments and houses are unfurnished. Luxembourg has furniture shops and electronics shops such as HiFi International and Saturn. Second hand goods are available from Troc on rue de Hollerich or from ads on chronicle.lu or Luxbazar. Ikea is just across the border near Arlon in Belgium, you can use the Taxi Vert service there to transport furniture back to Luxembourg.
If you plan on working in Luxembourg or on staying here for more than three months or if you come from a Non-EU Country you will probably have to register with the authorities. If you choose to live in the City you can register at the Bierger-Center (vdl.lu), at 44 Place Guillaume II in the centre of town. The Ville have useful information for new arrivals on their website. If you live in another commune you must register at your local Marie.
Luxembourg is a multilingual country; you will hear Luxembourgish, French and German, the official languages all around you as well as the languages of the many foreigners who have made Luxembourg their home. English is widely spoken and is the working language in many offices, particularly in Luxembourg’s vibrant financial sector. Language schools such as Berlitz, Allingua and Prolingua provide language courses and one-to-one tuition. Alliance Française courses are provided by Amitiés Françaises. If you want to learn more Luxembourgish than Moien (Hello) and Äddi (Goodbye) the state-run Institut national des langues in Kirchberg provide classes in Luxembourgish and seven other languages including French and German.
Luxembourg has invested heavily in its University in recent years. The University of Luxembourg has attracted many Irish students in recent years attracted by the high standard of courses available, low tuition fees and the availability of generous scholarships. See uni.lu for more information.
Luxembourg GAA club
Gaelic Sports Club Luxembourg was founded in 1978. It now has men’s and women’s Gaelic Football teams and Hurling and Camóige teams made up of people from many different countries. The teams compete in European Championships by taking part in weekend tournaments in Cities all around Europe. Involvement with the Luxembourg GAA teams and travelling to tournaments around the continent has long been an enjoyable part many Irish students’ time in Luxembourg studying or on Co-op placements. Many of the Club’s members first came to Luxembourg on work placements and returned here after Graduation. Players at all levels of expertise are always welcome. Many novice Hurlers or footballers play Gaelic Games for the first time in Luxembourg. The club organises regular training sessions in the City and has a reduced membership fee for students. For more information look at www.luxgaa.lu or join the Club’s group on Facebook.
Other Irish Groups
Craobh Naomh Fiachra of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann was established in the City in 1982 and is very popular with Irish and non-Irish people alike. They organise music and dancing classes, sessions and very popular Céilís.
Luxembourg also has an Irish Club that organises parties, family events, an annual ski-trip, Balls and much more besides.
The Irish Community in Luxembourg raise money for charities both at home and abroad with their own stand at the annual International Bazaar.
The Rose of Tralee committee in Luxembourg select a Luxembourg Rose to represent the Grand-Duchy in Tralee. The Rose Ball and other fund-raising activities raise thousands of Euro for charity every year.
The Irish Embassy is on Route d’Arlon in the City. The Embassy is very friendly and efficient. Résidence Christina, 28, route d’Arlon, L-1140 Luxembourg – Tel.: +352.450610-1.