Housing in Lüneburg
Finding adequate and affordable accommodation in Germany can be difficult, especially in a small student town like Lüneburg, where the housing market is tight. Furnished and temporary arrangements are particularly scare. Therefore, it is recommended to start looking for suitable housing as soon as possible.
The Leuphana Accommodation Service assists international exchange students and other international guests of the University in finding adequate accommodation. The service is free of charge. If you want to take advantage of this offer, simply complete the application form including the questionnaire and sent it per e-mail (please be aware of the application deadlines!).
Housing options in Lüneburg
We would like to introduce the most popular student housing options in brief:
Halls of Residence
Currently, there are ten halls of residence on campus as well as close to the campus or downtown, which are operated by the regional branch of the German National Association for Student Affairs (Studentenwerk OstNiedersachsen) and by the local association Campus Wohnen. For organizational reasons, both providers do not rent rooms directly to international exchange students. However, Leuphana provides a limited number of rooms in different halls of residence for exchange students, which can be rented through the Leuphana Accommodation Service on a first come first serve basis.
The halls of residence consist of apartments with 2-6 single rooms*, 1 or 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. All halls of residence are co-ed and so are most of the WGs, but there are also all-female and all-male WGs. The rooms available through the Leuphana Accommodation Service are located within WGs consisting of German and/or international students.
*In Germany, it is not common that students share a room for a semester or a longer period of time. Thus, only single rooms are available in the halls of residence.
Private shared apartments
There are several kinds of shared apartments or houses outside of student residence halls. In Lüneburg, the most common type is a flat shared by German students for financial reasons. If one of the flat mates spends a semester abroad or does an internship in another city, then his or her room may be offered for sub-rent for a limited period of time. Since the rooms are furnished, these rental offers are excellent opportunities for incoming exchange students.
In addition, there are furnished rooms available from private landlords or landladies. They offer rooms in shared apartments with students or young professionals as well as rooms in their own houses or flats.
Living in a flat-sharing community is an excellent opportunity for exchange students to feel at home in Lüneburg very quickly, get to know other people easily, as well as to improve their German language skills. There are different types of flat-sharing communities: some WGs spend a lot of time together, for example, do the shopping and cooking together and share leisure time activities. In other WGs, the flatmates keep for themselves or just occasionally spend some time together. However, in order to avoid conflicts it is very important to agree on some basic rules. For instance, adopting on cleaning plans that regulate common tasks like dish washing, bath cleaning, taking out the garbage, etc.
Staying with a host family usually means to share the family life and to have a meal together at least once a day. But of course each family has its own way to integrate a guest. The transitions between renting a room in a private house and staying with a host family are fluent.
The number of furnished single apartments suitable for a longer rental period is limited. As a rule, single apartments are much more expensive than a single room in a shared apartment.
Finding accommodation on your own: Links and advice
Accommodation offers free of charge from private landlords as well as students who subrent their rooms for a limited period of time can be found on the following webpages.
- wg-gesucht.de (in German and English)
- studenten-wg.de (in German only)
- wg-welt.de (in German only)
- wg-suche.de (in German only)
- Notice board Studentenwerk ON (in German only)
- Landeszeitung (local press, in German only)
In addition, there are a couple of local accommodation providers who charge a commission fee or service fee, e.g. House and Rooms, Housing Lüneburg, etc.
Some useful hints:
- Even if the pictures show furnished rooms, please always check carefully if a room 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, or if the bank account is not at a German bank, or if you get the offer to receive the keys beforehand by post. That might be a fraud!
If you are not sure that a rental offer is serious, just ask the Accommodation Service for advice.
International Student Advisor / Accommodation Service
Scharnhorststr. 1, C4.024