Accommodation for Newcomers in Leipzig

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Immigration Accommodation in Leipzig Canada

As a new immigrant arriving in Leipzig one of the first tasks is to find short term and long-term accommodation in Leipzig for you and your family.

Your first accommodation on arriving in Leipzig may be temporary. This is ok, and is the route that most new migration arrivals in Leipzig take. Some individuals opt of a good hostel or Serviced Accommodation in Leipzig, while some are lucky enough to be able to stay with family or friends in the area. Most new arrivals take a short-term rental while they look for something long term. As with any city, it’s always easier to find someplace new to live once you are already there and Leipzig is no different.

Accommodation for newcomers in Leipzig Canada guide

You’ve been through the stress and emotional roller coaster involved with securing a visa for Canada and you’ve chosen Leipzig as your destination. It’s a charming place with plenty or heritage. Leipzig is well known to be extremely welcoming to new migrants.

Here is some background on Leipzig for new immigration arrivals.

Leipzig ( LYPE-sig, -⁠sikh, German: [ˈlaɪptsɪç] (listen); Upper Saxon: Leibz’sch) is the most populous city in the German state of Saxony. Leipzig’s population of 605,407 inhabitants (1.1 million in the larger urban zone) as of 2021 places the city as Germany’s eighth most populous, as well as the second most populous city in the area of the former East Germany after (East) Berlin. Together with Halle (Saale), the city forms the polycentric Leipzig-Halle Conurbation. Between the two cities (in Schkeuditz) lies Leipzig/Halle Airport.

Leipzig is located about 160 km (100 mi) southwest of Berlin, in the southernmost part of the North German Plain (known as Leipzig Bay), at the confluence of the White Elster River (progression: Saale→ Elbe→ North Sea) and two of its tributaries: the Pleiße and the Parthe. The name of the city and those of many of its boroughs are of Slavic origin.

Leipzig has been a trade city since at least the time of the Holy Roman Empire. The city sits at the intersection of the Via Regia and the Via Imperii, two important medieval trade routes. Leipzig’s trade fair dates back to 1190. Between 1764 and 1945, the city was a center of publishing.. After the Second World War and during the period of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) Leipzig remained a major urban centre in East Germany, but its cultural and economic importance declined.

Events in Leipzig in 1989 played a significant role in precipitating the fall of communism in Central and Eastern Europe, mainly through demonstrations starting from St. Nicholas Church. The immediate effects of the reunification of Germany included the collapse of the local economy (which had come to depend on highly polluting heavy industry), severe unemployment, and urban blight. Starting around 2000, however, the decline was first arrested, then reversed, and since then Leipzig has seen many significant changes, including the restoration of major historical buildings, the demolition of derelict properties, and the development of new industries and a modern transport infrastructure.

Lipzig is home to one of the oldest universities (Leipzig University in the country. It is also one of two seats of the German National Library, as well as the seat of the German Federal Administrative Court. Leipzig was rated as the most livable city in Germany in 2013 by the GfK marketing research institution. Leipzig Zoo is one of the most modern zoos in Europe and ranks first in Germany (2013) and second in Europe (2015). Since Leipzig City Tunnel came into operation in 2013, Leipzig forms the centrepiece of the S-Bahn Mitteldeutschland public transit system. Leipzig was in 2020 listed as a “Sufficiency” level global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network, Germany’s “Boomtown” and was the 2019 Academy of Urbanism European City of the Year.

Leipzig has long been a major centre for music, including classical and modern dark wave. The Thomanerchor (English: St. Thomas Choir of Leipzig), a boys’ choir, was founded in 1212. The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, established in 1743, is one of the oldest symphony orchestras in the world. Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy are two of several well-known composers who lived and worked in Leipzig. The University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” was founded in 1843. The Oper Leipzig, one of the most prominent opera houses in Germany, was founded in 1868. During a stay in Gohlis, which is now part of the city, Friedrich Schiller wrote his poem “Ode to Joy”.

Finding Immigration Accommodation for Newcomers in Leipzig Canada

Most searches begin with a search engine. Local papers in Leipzig may well be online and of course, listing sites such as Craigslist and Rentfaster Leipzig can be of great help.

What is the cost of short term accommodation in Leipzig

The cost of short-term newcomer accommodation in Leipzig varies greatly depending on requirements and neighborhoods. Lots of new arrivals to Leipzig use Airbnb to give them an indication of short term rental process in Leipzig and also the option to book with confidence and security.

Another website that offers the same accommodation as Airbnb.

Rental accommodation in Leipzig for newcomers

One you decide to rent an apartment or house there are certain things specific to Canada to keep in mind. For example, make sure to agree who pays for utilities, and who is responsible for removing snow!

Property owners and landlords will usually require payslips or proof of income, bank statements and occasionally they may require references from previous landlords although lots of new immigrants to Leipzig were homeowners in their previous country. Sometimes it does help to already have secured employment in the greater Leipzig area.



All renters in Leipzig have rights, so you need to familiarize yourself with those rights before you sign any agreement. Thankfully there are a number of Organizations set up in Leipzig to help. These are called Newcomer services and a list of these can be found here: newcomer service

Newcomer subletting in Leipzig Canada

Sometimes when a renter leaves for a few months they will sublet their accommodation. Quite often they leave some furnishings behind and for some newcomers to Leipzig this can be an ideal option, especially if you’ve yet to buy furniture or if your shipment is delayed.


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