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Living in LU: An overview of what makes Ludwigshafen so livable and lovable...

Whether home for a time or perhaps forever - potential is there for both

Admittedly, Ludwigshafen does not rank among the top 10 most attractive study locations. Nevertheless, the city has many advantages, especially as a place to study. It is not only a good place to study and work, but also a good place to live. We recommend: Simply go on an exploratory tour and see for yourself.

Brief portrait: Ludwigshafen at a glance

With 165,000 inhabitants, Ludwigshafen is the second largest city after the state capital Mainz and the economic powerhouse of Rhineland-Palatinate. It is characterized by its immediate location on the left bank of the Rhine, in the middle of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region and in the immediate vicinity of Mannheim and Heidelberg. As a young, modern industrial city, Ludwigshafen has recently undergone a targeted urban beautification program and has greatly increased in attractiveness. The city, which has grown considerably in recent history as a result of incorporations, now combines a high quality of life with a good social infrastructure.

We have compiled some of the most important location factors that speak for Ludwigshafen as a place to study and live:

Incomparable location: On the Rhine, in the Palatinate and in the heart of the metropolitan region

Ludwigshafen scores with its incomparable location on the Rhine. This trump card was played in the recent past when the city realigned itself. Worthy of mention here are a generous riverside promenade and a city center that has once again moved closer to the Rhine thanks to the new city quarter at Zollhafen. At the same time, Ludwigshafen is not only the largest city in the Palatinate, but its location in the heart of the metropolitan region means that it also benefits from fast routes and optimum transport links in the Rhine-Neckar region.


Lively cultural scene

Culture plays a central role in Ludwigshafen: Important cultural institutions include the Wilhelm Hack Museum (ancient and modern art) and the Theater im Pfalzbau. The German State Philharmonic Orchestra of Rhineland-Palatinate is known beyond regional borders. Many cultural events are also enjoying growing popularity, including the Ludwigshafen Summer of Culture, the International Street Theater Festival and the Festival of German Film, to name just a few highlights.

High recreational value

Do you prefer relaxing hours in the countryside or great shopping opportunities? Ludwigshafen does justice to both. Let's be honest: Would you have expected a green lung in the BASF metropolis? With half a dozen major parks in the city and other green oases in the districts, LU boasts more than 1,000 hectares of green spaces and parks - often with trees that are more than 100 years old. Popular recreational areas include the Stadtpark on Parkinsel, the Ebertpark between the northern city center and Friesenheim, and the Roßlache recreational area on the lakeside between Oppau and Oggersheim.

In addition to the many leisure and recreational opportunities in the countryside, Ludwigshafen is also recommended as a shopping city. In addition to the large shopping centers Rhein-Galerie and Rathaus-Center, there are over 250 specialty stores, restaurants and cafés in the main shopping streets in the city center.



Business, research and innovation location

LU" is best known as the site of BASF. Other global players are located here, as are healthy medium-sized businesses. As an economic powerhouse in the southwest of the republic, the international city offers a large number of highly qualified jobs in mostly technology-oriented branches of industry. In recent years in particular, there has also been a flurry of start-up activity. In particular, the area surrounding the Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences is increasingly developing into a research and innovation location.

Live cheaply in LU

In the middle of the city, with a view of the Rhine, or would you rather live in the countryside? In Ludwigshafen, beautiful, distinctive residential locations can be combined with urban advantages. One unbeatable advantage - especially from a student's perspective - is the comparatively low cost of living. It is true that Ludwigshafen has not been spared the increase in rents in recent years. But living here in the middle of the Rhine-Neckar triangle is still significantly cheaper than in neighboring cities or other popular student towns. The average price for a room in a shared apartment in Ludwigshafen in 2020 was around 350 euros. By way of comparison, in Mannheim and Heidelberg, WG applicants have to fork out 50 and 115 euros per month more, respectively. In Munich, a room in a shared apartment, if you can get one, costs almost 350 euros more. (Sources: https://www.wg-suche.de/wg-zimmer-kosten; https://www.wg-liste.de/info/wohnkosten-wg-zimmer).

Housing specifically for HWG-LU students.

Inexpensive accommodation for students at the Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences is offered by the Studierendenwerk Vorderpfalz as the operator of the student dormitory at Heinigstraße 13 in Ludwigshafen. Centrally located, the dormitory has 174 places. The majority are single apartments, but double and triple apartments are also available. Rents range from 310 to 335 euros. Parking spaces can be rented if required. Important for public transport users: The nearest bus and streetcar stop is a three-minute walk away, and the campus on Ernst-Boehe-Strasse can be reached on foot in about 15 minutes. The rooms in the housing complex are all furnished; washing machines and dryers can be used communally. 


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