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Finding an apartment to rent in Leipzig: tips and websites

Finding an apartment or other accommodation to rent in Leipzig can be hard, especially if you're new to the city or the rental market, or if you don't speak German. But doing some research and planning ahead can make the task considerably less daunting, and you can expect to find a reasonable option. After all, Leipzig tends to be cheaper than other German cities when it comes to rentals. Here are some tips and online resources we've gathered for you:

1. Determine your budget and needs: Before you start looking for a rental, make sure you've determined your budget and specific needs. Factors to consider include apartment size, number of rooms, location in the city, and any other amenities you require. Having a clear idea of what you're looking for will make it easier to find an apartment that both meets your needs and fits your budget. Also helpful is to have an idea of the average rental prices in Leipzig. According to several local real estate websites, the average rent in Leipzig in 2021 was €550 per month for a one-bedroom apartment, €750 for a two-bedroom apartment, and €950 for a three-bedroom apartment. These prices may vary depending on factors such as location, demand, supply, and economic conditions at the time. To get a more "real-time" sense of the rental market in Leipzig, you can try contacting local real estate agents or landlords.

2. Search online: Various websites can help you find an apartment (or house) to rent in Leipzig. A good place to start is Leipziger Wohnungsbörse, which offers information on a range of accommodation options across price categories. This website provides detailed information about the city’s rental market and listings. It features an interactive map that allows you to search for apartments in specific neighborhoods. There is also ImmobilienScout24, where you can filter your search by location, price, size, etc., for Leipzig and elsewhere in Germany; and Engel & Völkers, which specializes in luxury properties. Another useful website is WG-Gesucht, which is for shared apartments (Wohngemeinschaften, or WGs) in Leipzig. It has a wide variety of listings from private landlords and real estate agencies. This can be both an affordable option and one that will help you adjust to the city and learn the language faster, as your flatmates may have been living in the area longer or even be from the area.

3. Look into student accommodation (if it makes sense for you): If you are a student in Leipzig, you may have access to special accommodation, including dormitories, as shared or single rooms, and apartments. Studentenwerk Leipzig is the main resource for student accommodation in the city. You can also browse through the Basecamp and Youniq websites for upper-end rooms in convenient locations. Student dormitories are often (though not always) located near campus in Leipzig, offering shared or single rooms for students. Shared apartments involve sharing a living space with other students, but private apartments can also be available for a higher rental price. It's important to keep in mind that student accommodation in Leipzig can be in very high demand, especially at the beginning of the academic year. After all, Leipzig University has approximately 30,000 students, making it one of the largest in Germany. The city is home to several other higher education institutions, including the Leipzig School of Media, the Leipzig School of Music, and the Leipzig School of Design.

4. Consider working with a real estate agent: If you're having trouble finding an apartment on your own, you may want to consider working with a real estate agent. A good agent will have access to a wider range of properties and can help you find an apartment that meets your needs. Keep in mind that you may have to pay a fee for the agent's services.

5. Network and ask for recommendations: If you know people who live in Leipzig or have rented an apartment here in the past, they may be able to provide recommendations or tips on finding a good apartment. You can also ask for recommendations from your employer, school, or other organizations you are involved with. Of course, we're here to help you with your transition into the city, as well!

As a word of warning: Unfortunately, there are scammers who may try to take advantage of people looking for apartments in Leipzig. Be cautious of anyone who asks for money upfront without showing you the apartment or providing a rental contract. It's a good idea to be aware of common scams, such as "phantom rentals," where the scammer advertises an apartment that does not actually exist. To protect yourself, do thorough research on any property and landlord before agreeing to anything.

Indeed, finding a good apartment to rent in Leipzig can be a challenging process - but also rewarding. The city has a diverse range of neighborhoods, each with its own unique character and amenities, so it's important to consider what type of location and living environment is right for you. Some factors to consider when looking for an apartment in Leipzig include the location, size, price, and overall condition of the property.

Make sure you do your research thoroughly and be proactive in your search. This might involve looking at listings online, contacting a real estate agent, or even asking friends and colleagues for recommendations. It's also a good idea to visit the neighborhood in person, if possible, before you move there, to get a sense of the local community and amenities.

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