Sibiu is one of the most important cities in Romania, both as a touristic destination, but also an important academic and economic location. But where to live in Sibiu? Which are the best areas and neighborhoods in the city? This is what we’re going to talk about in today’s article!
Have in mind that since it is a really large city of around 400,000 inhabitants, Sibiu has many neighborhoods that you can choose, all of them being safe and generally in a good condition.
Also consider that the city is situated in a mountainous area, so if you plan on living here, make sure you understand that the winters won’t be very nice to you. However, the clean air and the view will compensate for 3-4 months of cold weather.
It is the capital of Sibiu County and an important historical and cultural center. You will not get bored here, whether you’re planning on staying here for days, weeks or many months to come. We have already talked about the best things to do in Sibiu, make sure to check the article out!
Now, back to our question: what are the best neighborhoods in Sibiu? You will love staying here whether you choose the Upper Town or The Lower Town (it was divided like so in the past, the Upper Town being wealthier than the Lower Town, but don’t worry about these differences nowadays. Now it’s just a matter of horizontal development).
So let’s get to the best areas to live in, no matter if you’re staying for a few days or longer periods of time.
The Historic Center
I always said it and I don’t think this isn’t true for any city in Romania: you can never go wrong choosing a place in the city’s old town. And Sibiu’s Historic Center makes no exception, being the best place where you can live in the city.
You will have just a stone’s throw away all the important institutions, shops, restaurants and attractions. I suggest you choose this one for convenience and the sheer beauty of the area, with those old, beautiful buildings.
You should keep in mind that there are very few chances for this part to ever be very quiet, not even at night. Moreover, you may also consider actually trying a less central neighborhood, just for the sake of exploring and adventuring in an unknown city to you.
Apartments and houses here are more expensive because of the premium location, but even so the cost of living in Romania is pretty low by Western standards, so even “expensive” means “much cheaper than in other countries”.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this one for families with children.
It is very close to the city center, 7 minutes by car or about 20 minutes by bus to the Big Square. What’s more important, it is way quieter than if you were to live in the center and you still get to enjoy the comfort of being close to the most important things.
For your children, you will find a ton of playgrounds here, where many families bring their children, so yours can develop a social life and make friends in a foreign city. There are also some supermarkets, pharmacies, a hospital, schools, kindergartens and bus stops, so you can go wherever you want to even if you don’t have a car.
Moreover, if you are a student, moving here for college and you wouldn’t like to stay in the student dorms, you should really take Ștrand into consideration, as here you will find most of the colleges: the Faculty of Economic Studies, the Faculty of Letters and Arts and “Lucian Blaga” University.
Bonus: you may also meet some of your colleagues, as most of Sibiu’s students live here, too. This means the the area offers some really affordable accommodation and cheaper restaurants too
If you don’t actually plan on moving here forever and you may still want to go home from time to time to your native country, this one is the closest to the airport (8 min by car, about 20 by bus). Sure, you could always move farther away from the airport, but I believe you’d rather not be late for your flight.
And if you plan on going home by car, not by plane, this neighborhood is also the closest to the commuter belt, so you can get out of town as fast as possible in case, you know, you really miss your family and you are homesick.
There are many newly built blocks and residential complexes, so it has a fresh atmosphere to it, compared to the usual medieval one in Sibiu with all of its fortresses and gothic buildings. Just as Ștrand, Turnișor also has kindergartens and schools, as well as shops and restaurants nearby.
So if you’re looking for a more modern feel, with newer buildings, larger rooms and a bit more silence than you’d get in the city center, this is a good choice.
Hipodrom is a large neighborhood that is divided in three, but I am going to recommend Hipodrom 2 on this occasion, as it is the larger of the bunch and closer to the city center.
You will fall in love with this neighborhood if you are a sport addict. Really. No matter what sport you enjoy the most. From fitness gyms, to football fields, to basketball fields, to parks where you can go for jogging, Hipodrom offers a wide variety of sport options.
It is also close to the City Center, which is always a bonus. After an intense workout, you may enjoy meeting a friend for a coffee or go on a walk by yourself and admire the attractions we talked about before.
Just as the other ones, you won’t have to worry about markets, schools or kindergartens. Here you will also find the biggest mall in Sibiu, Promenada Mall, for a lazy afternoon when you feel like doing some shopping to celebrate your progress.
I recommend this one for nature lovers, as it is the biggest park in Sibiu, namely Sub Arini Park. If you are a calm, peaceful and serene person who enjoys long walks and being among nature, this is the perfect neighborhood for you. Imagine taking a walk here while you admire the Fagarasi Mountains that surround you – priceless!
This isn’t really a neighborhood, but an area that I recommend – a bit of a cheat since it’s part Strand, part Hipodrom 2, part city center. But it’s really recommended for all the right reasons.
The Sub Arini Park area offers a convenient placement, as it is close to the most important attractions, restaurants and areas of interest, but also close to nature thanks to the beautiful park that’s just a few steps away (depending on where you find your place to live in).
If you’re more of a suburb person, then Selimbar is a great choice for you. However, if you don’t have a car, it might be quite inconvenient, since the neighborhood is a bit far away from the city center.
But that’s the beauty of it. Less polluted, definitely quieter, with many kind people, which will make you feel like you are part of a community.
You will find newer buildings here, with a major focus on houses – but lately, some very impressive apartment buildings have been built. You don’t have to worry about supermarkets or other shops and restaurants – you have a few to choose from, but the options are limited.
Overall, I think it’s nice to live in a house in the mountains, near a big city like Sibiu. It feels like having the best of both worlds.
To sum it all up, these are my top recommendations when it comes to the best neighborhoods to live in Sibiu.
As I mentioned in the beginning, in terms of cleanliness and safety, there is no room for having any doubt. Choosing a place here should only concern your interests, whether you come here alone or with your family, whether you have children or not, whether you are a student or not and so on.