Living in Leipzig
Living in Leipzig
Leipzig- an ideal place to live
In addition to its eight universities and colleges, wide range of leisure activities and exciting nightlife, the university city of Leipzig also has optimal living conditions, which are affordable for students.
The city has plenty of accommodation available at reasonable prices, much of which is a real treat to live in. There are many 19th century houses scattered all over the city that were extensively, and often expensively, renovated in recent years.
A particularly successful example of this is the Waldstraße district, between the city centre and the Rosental, which is one of the few completely preserved 19th century residential areas in Germany today. And the majority of the large housing developments in areas such as Grünau or Paunsdorf were also renovated after reunification. Most of the housing there is provided by one of the many Leipzig housing cooperatives, including attractive apartments for students. However most students live in the neighbouring districts of Südvorstadt and Connewitz, where the pre-Second World War buildings are equally wonderfully preserved, as these areas of the city also have an ample supply of enticing bars and an alternative culture scene.
Despite the many restorations, there are still many unrenovated buildings standing empty in Leipzig, making alternative living concepts possible. The "HausHalten Association" has adopted this approach by placing new occupants in empty buildings which they then bring to life again, thus preventing further decay. The occupants become the “keepers” of the house. They furnish the apartments to their own taste, take on the running costs and improve the houses with DIY.