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Information and tips for Erasmus students in Leipzig

Erasmus in Leipzig

Information and tips for Erasmus students in Leipzig

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Why do Erasmus in Leipzig? Leipzig has become a very popular Erasmus destination in Germany, as the standard of living is cheap and affordable. This welcoming city has a lot to offer: outdoor spaces (forests, parks and lakes), cinemas, museums... In addition, Leipzig has a great youthful atmosphere, which makes it a perfect place to come to study. Next, we tell you everything you need to know so that your Erasmus experience in Leipzig is the best.

Cost of living in Leipzig, Germany

The cost of living in Germany is quite high. However, one of the great advantages that you will find when you come to Leipzig is that it is a city with one of the cheapest rents in the entire German country.

A student spends on average a budget of about €400-500 per month. Now, this is just an approximation and your lifestyle may vary this amount.

Although the standard of living is quite affordable, your biggest expense will be accommodation, and that is why we recommend that you start comparing areas and prices as soon as possible through our Erasmus Play search engine.

Student life, Erasmus parties and leisure in Leipzig

As Leipzig welcomes thousands of students from all over the world every year, the atmosphere is lively and there is always something going on. In this town, there are many bars and clubs to go out to, such as Moritzbastei or Elsterartig. There are places for all tastes, so if you like electronic music, you can also go out to the Distillery or Westwerk.

Apart from partying, you also have to take advantage of your Erasmus stay to travel and visit other cities. Leipzig's train network is very good and, for this reason, we recommend that you visit other German cities such as Hamburg, Frankfurt or Erfurt. You can also travel to other nearby countries such as Poland, Austria or the Czech Republic.

Culture and gastronomy in Leipzig, Germany

Leipzig is located in the northeast of the state of Saxony. It is the historic centre of printing and commerce and has one of the oldest fairs in Europe. It is a city that hides a lot of history and art, so we recommend that you visit the following places to discover it yourself:

  • Augustusplatz square and its cathedrals.
  • The Church of Santo Tomas.
  • Leipzig Zoo.
  • The “Altes Rathaus” or old town hall.
  • Touring the Leipzig musical route: it is about visiting places dedicated to famous composers, such as the Leipzig Opera, the Museum of Musical Instruments...
  • The "Völkerschlachtdenkmal" is a monument that commemorates the Battle of Leipzig.

On the other hand, the gastronomy of Leipzig is very varied, although the most typical dishes here are: the "Leipziger Allerlei" (a dish made up of peas, carrots and a typical Leipzig mushroom called "morchela", together with crab), the “Leipziger Lerche” (a kind of cake made of rum and almond paste) and “Leipziger Gose” (the typical Leipzig beer).

Advantages of doing the Erasmus in Leipzig

  • Leipzig is a very cheap Erasmus destination compared to other German cities.
  • Leipzig is an ideal size for getting around by bike. Even so, the city is very well-connected in terms of public transport: it has an urban bus, tram and a metro line under construction.
  • If you are a nature lover, you will be able to enjoy the number of outdoor spaces that Leipzig has: lakes, rivers, parks…
  • Learn German, get to know a new culture and traditions, and make friends from different countries.

Cheap Erasmus accommodation in Leipzig, Germany

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Frequently asked questions about doing Erasmus in Leipzig

Do I need to know German to go to Leipzig?

Each university has certain requirements and depending on what you study, your classes may be in English or German. For this reason, we recommend that you ask the international relations office of your home university to resolve any doubts about the language. Even so, they may require you to have a minimum level of German or, failing that, English. You will also be interested to know that the university usually offers free German courses at the beginning of the course. You must learn the basics to get around the city more easily and interact with people, although it is true that most of the locals there speak English.

How is student life in Leipzig?

In Leipzig there are many international students, so the student life is amazing. On the one hand, you have many cultural, leisure and party activities. There are organizations of Erasmus students that are dedicated to organizing parties and excursions. On the other hand, the University of Leipzig is very nice as it has many libraries. It should be noted that the University of Leipzig is one of the oldest in Germany.

How much does student accommodation in Leipzig?

You can find spare rooms in shared apartments in Leipzig for around €250-350 per month, although the rental price may vary depending on the location and the type of accommodation you choose.

How much is the Erasmus scholarship to study in Leipzig?

The amount you will receive from the Erasmus scholarship will depend on your country of residence. For this reason, we recommend that you contact the international relations office of your home university to resolve all your doubts before leaving for Erasmus.

What are the best areas to live in Leipzig?

The centre and the surrounding downtown neighbourhoods are the best places to live, as they are close to the university and entertainment venues. We recommend some areas such as Zentrum-Südost, Zentrum-Nordwest or Reudnitz. The "Volkmarsdorf" street is also good to stay in since it has quite cheap prices.