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Accommodation

Living in Leipzig
University guest houses
private housing market

Living in Leipzig

Unlike in other large German cities, accommodation in Leipzig is quite inexpensive and a wide range of empty flats is available.

However, in Leipzig it is not easy to find affordable flats for guest researchers which are furnished or partly-furnished and which are available to rent for a short or medium term (between one month and a year).

This is why we recommend that you start looking for a flat for yourself and your family as soon as possible, several months before you arrive in Germany. Here is some information about accommodation in Leipzig.

Foreign PhD candidates who are working towards a doctorate at Leipzig University can find information about accommodation on the International Centre website.

University guest houses

Guest House IBZ Werner Heisenberg

Leipzig University offers guest apartments for international guest researchers and their families in two locations.

Guest House IBZ Werner Heisenberg
(24 furnished 1-, 2- and 3-room flats)
Guest flats - Ritterstraße 12
(4 1-room flats, 9 maisonettes)

As demand far exceeds supply, you should start looking for accommodation in the guest houses as soon as possible and get in touch with those responsible for the guest houses via your guest institute.

Private accommodation

Tips for the private housing market

In Leipzig, it is mainly unfurnished flats which are available on the private housing market. Furnished apartments are rarely offered and are expensive. A furnished flat usually means that it consists of at least a bed, a table and a wardrobe or shelving unit. It is also usual (and recommended) to have a look at the flat and the surrounding area before signing the contract.

In Leipzig there are many letting agencies for flats and rooms. Unfortunately, there is no standardised rule for how all agencies provide flats. They usually have a wide range of furnished apartments, which they let.

Some agencies require a document confirming a scholarship or an employment contract, proof of liquidity or the like, which guarantees that the rent will be paid on time. You are often required to provide identification and a valid visa. You can ask about the necessary documentation during initial contact or when you view the flat.

A deposit is often required when renting a flat. A deposit means that a certain amount of money (usually one to two months' rent, not including additional costs) is deposited in a bank account. The deposit is returned when the rental agreement ends, provided that there is no damage to the flat. Only sign the rental agreement if you fully understand its contents.

 Liste der Abkürzungen (List of Abbreviations)

Abbreviations

Deutsch

English

2-Zi-Whg

2-Zimmer-Wohnung

2-room apartment

Blk / Balk.

Balkon

balcony

DG

Dachgeschoss

under the roof/ attic rooms

DU

Dusche

shower

EBK

Einbauküche

fitted kitchen

EFH

Einfamilienhaus

single family house

EG

Erdgeschoss

ground floor

HK

Heizkosten

heating costs

KM

Kaltmiete

rent excl. utilities costs such as heating, cable TV,
cleaning of communal areas, waste removal etc.

Kaution

 

deposit

 

Keine zusätzliche Provision

no additional commission

KDB

Küche, Diele, Bad

kitchen, hall, bathroom

MM

Monatsmiete

monthly rent

NK / NBK

Nebenkosten

additional costs such as heating, cable TV, cleaning
of shared areas, waste removal etc.

NR

Nichtraucher

non-smoker

OG

Obergeschoss

top floor

RH

Reihenhaus

terraced house

Stellpl.

Stellplatz

parking space

TG

Tiefgarage

underground parking

TL

Tageslicht

bathroom with natural light

Warm/WM

Warmmiete

rent incl. all utilities costs such as heating, cable

TV, cleaning of communal areas, waste removal etc.

Wfl.

Wohnfläche

floor area

WG

Wohngemeinschaft

shared accommodation

WK

 

Wohnküche

 

open-plan kitchen

ZH

 

Zentralheizung

 

central heating

 

 Quelle: EURAXESS


last update: 28.02.2017 

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