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View of historic buildings on the banks of a river in Lüneburg

Studying in Lüneburg

Lüneburg offers you 29 degree programmes in English at 1 higher education institution.

In the Middle Ages, salt made Lüneburg a rich city. This wealth is still visible in the old town’s magnificently decorated gabled buildings now housing small shops, cafés and pubs. All in all, the atmosphere in this small Hanseatic city is cosy, relaxing and characterised by students. And if they long for a large city: Hamburg, but also Bremen or Hanover, are close and can be reached for free with the semester ticket.

You might not expect it but Lüneburg has a surprisingly high density of pubs for its size of around 75,000 inhabitants. We haven't verified whether it really is the highest density of pubs in Germany – as advertised by the city's marketing department – but you'll find plenty of choice across the whole chic/expensive/cosy/inexpensive spectrum, so it feels right. And as we said, if you're ever short of an option for a night out, Hamburg is not far away.

The positive thing about such a small town is not only the short distances between destinations but that you can also just run into your friends without scheduling a meet-up. There's always an opportunity for a spontaneous chat. And the fact that Leuphana University Lüneburg is a campus university will also help you to find friends quickly. Because the campus not only houses the lecture halls and the library, but also cafés, a barbecue area, a beach volleyball court and even a weekly market with regional fruits and vegetables. And if you just want to feel the grass to take a deep breath, there are spacious lawns for that purpose. The sprawling campus is therefore an ideal place to study and just a ten-minute bike ride to the city centre. With your student ticket, you can not only use buses and trains in the region but also store your bike for free in the bike parking garage at the train station.

Life in Lüneburg

77,000 residents

  • High-speed train connections

    In close vicinity

  • International airport

    Hamburg airport in 51 km distance

  • Coast

    Baltic Sea in 80 km distance

  • Mountain range

    Harz in 160 km distance

  • Other countries

    Denmark in 185 km distance

  • Attractions within 100 km

    • Lüneburg Heath in close vicinity

    • Hamburg in 44 km distance

    • Wilschenbruch Forest in 3 km distance

1 higher education institution in Lüneburg

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Subject groups of degree programmes in Lüneburg

There is a wide range of degree programmes in Lüneburg. Here you can see the main subject groups. Currently, degree programmes in Lüneburg are mainly offered in the subject group Economic Sciences, Law, followed by Teaching Degrees and Humanities and Social Sciences. Find out more information here about the subject groups and degree programmes offered in Germany.
  • 0

    Agricultural and Forest Sciences

  • 25

    Humanities and Social Sciences

  • 20

    Mathematics, Natural Sciences

  • 4

    Art, Music, Design

  • 14

    Language and Cultural Studies

  • 1

    Medicine, Health Sciences

  • 33

    Economic Sciences, Law

  • 8

    Engineering Sciences

  • 28

    Teaching Degrees

Young people sit on the Stintbrücke bridge in the evening light.
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Many young people meet on the Stint bridge, especially in summer.

Every day you can listen to the Glockenspiel (carillon) on the market square. The bells in the tower of the town hall are not made of bronze which is typical but of Meissen porcelain.

Lüneburg often stands as a backdrop for TV shows. It is, after all, a really pretty little town. If you have visitors from home and want to show them the most picturesque side of Lüneburg, take them through the western old town with its lovingly restored houses, crooked and leaning because of the layers of salt. The medieval alleys are lined with rose bushes. Kitschy, perhaps, but also endearing. All the more interesting is the contrast between these old gabled houses and the modern central building of the university designed by Daniel Libeskind, as well as the brick buildings on the campus that were formerly used for military purposes.

If you want some peace and quiet or simply need fresh air and nature, you can take the train to the Baltic Sea or to Lüneburg Heath (Lüneburger Heide). While heaths used to be found all over northern Germany, the Lüneburg Heath is now a very rare landscape. It becomes particularly pretty in late summer when the heather plants bloom purple. Here you can clear your head on walks and hikes. Or you can enjoy activities on or near the water, e.g., cycling along the Ilmenau or canoeing or stand-up paddle boarding on the river.

Lüneburg also has something to offer when it comes to culture. Theatres, museums, cinemas, and music festivals like the student-organised lunatic – you don't have to miss out on lively flair just because you're studying in a smaller city. However, the city's attractiveness also affects the housing market. While rents are lower than in, e.g., Hamburg you should expect to spend some time before you find a place to stay.

A young woman walks through the city
A young woman walks through the cityJan von Allwörden / DAAD

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