Finding adequate and affordable accommodation in Germany is, as in most countries, pretty difficult and often time-consuming. In a small student town like Lüneburg the housing market is tight; especially for furnished and temporary accommodation. Therefore, it is recommended to look for an accommodation as soon as you know that you will be coming to Lüneburg.
The Leuphana University of Lüneburg provides an Accommodation Service that supports international exchange students and other international guests of the University free of charge in finding adequate accommodation. If you want to take this offer, please fill in the Application Form as well as the Questionnaire and be aware of the application deadlines.
In Lüneburg there are a couple of housing options available, therefore we would like to introduce the most popular ones:
Student Halls of Residence
In Lüneburg there are two providers of halls of residence, who together own more than ten buildings on or next to the campus as well as in the city center, one is called Studentenwerk OstNiedersachsen, the other is Campus Wohnen. For organizational reasons they do not rent rooms directly to international exchange students. However, a limited number of rooms in different halls of residence can be rented by exchange students through the Leuphana Accommodation Service. Normally the flats in the halls of residence consist of 2-6 single rooms, 1-2 bathrooms and a kitchen. Sharing a flat is called in Germany “Wohngemeinschaft” or “WG” as short term, which means something like living in a community. Most WGs in Germany are a mixture of male and female flat mates, but of course there are also pure male or female WGs. The rooms available through the Leuphana Accommodation Service are located within a WG consisting of either German or international students.
Private shared apartments
There are several kinds of communities in shared apartments or houses.
In Lüneburg the most common type of a “Wohngemeinschaft” is a flat share of German students who share an apartment for financial reasons. In case one of the flat mates spends a semester abroad or does an internship in another city or abroad, usually his or her room will be offered for sub-rent for a limited time period. Since the rooms are furnished, these rental offers are excellent opportunities for incoming exchange students. Attention: On web portals most of the rooms that can be rented without time limit are not furnished!
In addition, there are furnished rooms available that can be rented from private landlords or landladies. They offer rooms in shared apartments with students as well as rooms in their own houses or flats.
As different as the above mentioned options are, you are always living in a kind of community, be it with students, jobholders or a family. There are different kinds of “Wohngemeinschaften”, some spend a lot of time together for example do the shopping and cooking together or share leisure time activities. Others are not having a lot of contact and the flat mates keep for themselves, but most of the “Wohngemeinschaften” are something in between.
Living in a flat-sharing community is an excellent opportunity for exchange students to get to know other people quickly and to improve their German. However, in order to avoid conflicts it is very important to agree on some basic rules, for instance, on cleaning plans that regulate common tasks like dish washing, bath cleaning, taking out the garbage, etc.
Living in a host family usually means to share the family life and to have a meal together for at least one time a day. But of course every family has its own way to integrate a guest. The transitions between rooms in private estates of landlords or landladies and host families are fluent.
Sharing a room
The proposed rooms are almost always exclusively for a single person. There are not many providers of rooms with more than one bed, because in Germany it is not common to rent such a room for a longer time period.
Lüneburg is a tourist town and there are a lot of pretty expensive holiday flats, which are usually not affordable for students, but only a limited number of less expensive furnished apartments for a longer time period. As a rule, single apartments are much more expensive than single rooms in a shared apartment.
The following links may help you in finding an adequate accommodation in Lüneburg by yourself.
- Most of the offered rooms and apartments are not furnished! Even if there is furniture in the pictures you will always have to check or ask if the offer includes the furniture.
- The bank transfer of a deposit and sometimes also of the first rent is quite common. But be cautious if you are able to pay with credit card, if the bank account is not at a German bank or if you get the offer of getting the keys beforehand by post, it might be a fraud!
If you are not sure if the offer is serious, you can always ask the Accommodation Service.
Web portals and websites for rooms and apartments in Lüneburg
wg-gesucht.de (German and English)
Notice board Studentenwerk ON (German)
Advertisements in the local press
Providers of supporting at a charge in finding accommodation in Lüneburg
House & Room
A few addresses of temporary accommodation in Lüneburg
Temporary accommodation in Lüneburg
If you have any questions regarding accommodation in Lüneburg, please contact us per e-mail at email@example.com
International Student Advisor / Accommodation Service
Scharnhorststr. 1, C4.024