Campus & City

40.000 students. High-quality lifestyle. Attractive study environment

Campus & City

Leipzig is one of the most dynamic and vibrant cities in Europe. The Guardian recently described Leipzig as „Germany’s boom-town” and the German newspaper Die Welt confirmed it, calling Leipzig “the city overtaking the rest of the republic”. Located at the crossroads of the historic European trade routes, Leipzig prides itself on its 1,000-year tradition of commercial vitality and on its reputation as a meeting place for science and arts. Beyond its modern infrastructure, what stands out about Germany's fastest growing city is the rapidly expanding economy with its world-famous brands such as Porsche, BMW, DHL and Amazon. 

Leipzig is located in the heart of Europe and well-connected by road, rail and air. Berlin, the capital of Germany, is only an hour-long train ride away and the financial capital Frankfurt can be reached within three hours. Major European cities like London, Paris or Prague are also in close proximity.


According to the one-campus-concept, all HHL buildings, the HHL library, the sports facilities and a canteen are located in one spot. Some of the student dorms are also located nearby, as are many other cafés and bars. The campus is surrounded by the green banks of the river Weiße Elster and attractive parkland. It takes about five minutes to downtown thanks to the public transport station directly in front of HHL.


HHL Library

The HHL Library supports teaching and research at HHL with reliable information services focusing on business and economics. The resources of the HHL Library are available to students and academic staff 24 hours a day. That is, books can be read and borrowed even at midnight! Non-stop access to the Library’s online resources is provided within the HHL network via the Library’s page on the intranet of HHL, eCampus.

The HHL Library comprises about 26,000 textbooks and monographs on business and economics; it subscribes to more than 100 international journals and newspapers and offers more than 40 licensed databases covering more than 60,000 sources. Several thousands of e-books are accessible online. On-campus and virtual information sessions offered on a regular basis provide tips and tricks for the effective use of the Library’s resources.

A team of qualified and committed librarians support library users in their search for information.

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Leipzig, THE place to be

Leipzig is also home to 40,000 students and offers a high-quality lifestyle with very moderate living costs compared to other university cities. With its many parks, open air sports facilities, surrounding lakes with beautiful beaches, as well as many jogging and biking paths, Leipzig is probably one of the “greenest” European metropoles. Also our campus is surrounded by the green banks of the river Weiße Elster, where you can relax after a long day of group work. In your free time, you can also choose to have a drink with your classmates in one of the many cafés, bars and restaurants close to the campus or in the city center, or you can enjoy a cultural event.

All in all: The HHL-Leipzig mix sets the perfect balance for studying, networking and enjoying life.

A truly international Duo: HHL and the City of Leipzig

If you are an international student, read more about Formalities before Arrival and Formalities after Arrival in Germany.


Compared to other German and European metropoles, accommodation in Leipzig is very reasonable. Many HHL students choose to live in a private apartment or in a shared flat during their stay in Leipzig, while the international students prefer to live in the student dorms, since almost all rooms are furnished. Most of them are located close to the HHL campus and to the city center. The student dorm on the Mainzer Straße is located just five minutes walking distance from the campus.

While private accommodation can cost around EUR 250 (for a room in a shared flat) and EUR 500 (for a private apartment with two bedrooms), in the student dorms you can choose between a room in a shared flat (between EUR 200 and 250) or a private apartment (between EUR 250 and 300).

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Living Costs

Living in Leipzig is much cheaper than in other university cities. The approximate living costs per month including accommodation in Leipzig are around EUR 700, while the average living costs in Germany are estimated at EUR 735. Here is an overview of the costs that you should take into account during your studies in Leipzig:

Estimated Costsper month
AccommodationEUR 250 (in student dorm) - 350 € (in apartment)
Health insuranceEUR 90 (public health insurance for students under 30) / from EUR 40 onwards (private health insurance for students above 30)
Books and copiesEUR 10
FoodEUR 200
Semester fee for Leipzig student union (Studentenwerk Leipzig) including semester ticket (tram and busses)EUR 34 (206 per semester divided by 6 months)
OthersEUR 100
Amount of Living Costs
ca. EUR 634 - 784
Additional Initial Costs and Bonuses
Residence Permit EUR 110 (only for non-EU citizens without a Stibet scholarship)
Rental BondEUR 250
Moving Bonus*EUR -150
Maximum Amount of Initial Costs
EUR 210


*Moving Bonus
In case you have lived outside of Leipzig prior to your start at HHL and you have chosen to take your main residence in Leipzig for the duration of your studies (registration as “Hauptwohnung”) the city of Leipzig will transfer EUR 150 on application. (Students who were registered in Leipzig before coming to HHL are not eligible for the Moving Bonus.)
Application deadline is December 31.

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Study Environment

Leipzig is home to 40,000 students and offers a high-quality lifestyle with plenty of reasonably priced housing options. It is an open-minded and friendly city where international students and guests feel at home.

An abundance of leisure activities tempts you everywhere you go, both in and around Leipzig. Whether jogging or cycling along the canals, rowing on the river Weiße Elster, relaxing at the beaches of so-called New Lakeland (Neuseenland), and horseback riding in the Auenwald forest – you will quickly find a relaxing break from your studies.

In the evening, bustling night life, bars and clubs from very traditional to avant-garde are open all night long. If you are looking for cultural inspiration, you cannot go wrong visiting the Leipzig Opera, the world-famous Gewandhaus Orchestra or one of the numerous theaters, cabarets and smaller stages.
You can choose from over 1400 bars, cafés and restaurants.

Sports on Campus

The center for university sport of the University of Leipzig (Zentrum für Hochschulsport) offers a comprehensive sports program that can be enjoyed by HHL students. You can choose between 420 courses of 150 different sport disciplines at very reasonable prices. The program consists of health, fitness, combat, athletic, climbing, relax and dance courses as well as water and snow sports.

HHL students have the great advantage that the sports facilities are located on the campus beside our lecture halls, so they can always take a break and relax their mind while swimming, playing tennis or doing aerobics. For further information about » Hochschulsport Leipzig!

Cultural Environment

Leipzig's reputation as a world-class cultural city is based in part on a rich history. Famous people like Bach, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Wagner, Goethe, Schiller, Nietzsche, Beckmann and Klinger have lived and worked here. Your interest in architecture, art, classical music, jazz, comedy or the newest bands will be met here. Leipzig offers entertainment for everyone. The Gewandhaus Orchestra and the St. Thomas Choir are world famous. A wide variety of innovative museums, galleries, art exhibitions like the international book fair and events like DOK Leipzig or Designers Open reflect the thriving art scene in the city.

No matter what your personal interests and favorites are, you will find what you are looking for in Leipzig. You can choose from more than 60 museums, galleries and exhibitions and a total of 35 theaters, stages and concert halls.

Business Environment

The leading consulting firm Roland Berger Strategy Consultants has identified Leipzig as the most innovative city in Germany. Leipzig represents the new dynamic Germany. In 1989, the peaceful East German revolution started on the streets of this city. Building on its century-old history as a center of trade and commerce it has attracted global players like BMW, Porsche, DHL and Amazon. Leipzig is also home to three world-famous Max Planck Institutes, several IT and bio-technological research facilities, and internationally renowned colleges and universities. The supportive structures for businesses and the stimulating urban climate are major reasons to locate excellent start-ups and their headquarters in Leipzig.

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