Living in Hamburg


Where to live

The International Office actively helps students find accommodation in Hamburg, however students are encouraged to do some research on housing as well, especially if they would like to share an apartment with Germans to gain a deeper insight into German culture and to practice their German.

The following neighborhoods are recommended to students due to their proximity to Bucerius, their accessibility to public transportation and their various charms.

Young and hip, diverse and trendy – Altona and its cool sidekick Ottensen have it all – riverfront beaches and fish restaurants, theaters, nightclubs, cafés, street fairs and shopping. Though a bit further from the city center, Altona is well connected by public transportation and for the sporty, a 20-minute bike ride downtown.

St. Pauli residents may argue that their neighborhood is the best: the best football/soccer team (St. Pauli); the best nightlife in the bars, cafés and clubs in the Schanze; the best protests organized by activists at the Rote Flora. And while this is open to debate, there is no denying that St. Pauli is one of the most colorful, diverse, youthful and vibrant neighborhoods in Hamburg.

Hoheluft is the University Quarter, which is lively with students rushing to class or filing into cafés. The Abaton Kino movie theater shows foreign films in their original languages and is a great place to connect with the international crowd in Hamburg.

Eppendorf is an idyllic residential neighborhood. Beautiful turn-of-the-century architecture, cobbled streets, well manicured parks and vibrant markets (Isemarkt) make this neighborhood a pleasure to stroll through and to live in.

Eimsbüttel was a traditional blue-collar, working class neighborhood and it retains its down-to-earth roots. Locally owned shops and restaurants, diverse age groups and background and easily accessible public transportation make Eimsbüttel a popular neighborhood. 

Rothenbaum and Harvestehude are neighborhoods situated close to the outer Alster Lake. This upscale, residential area is marked by representative villas and leafy avenues a stone’s throw from the Alster, perhaps Hamburgers’ favorite place for a jog or a stroll. 

St. Georg is adjacent to Hamburg’s central train station, which makes it easy to get to from anywhere – inside or outside the city. From Thai supermarkets to döner kebabs, from posh brunch spots to raunchy clubs, St. Georg can go from prim and proper to loose and wild simply by turning a corner.

While these centrally located neighborhoods are the most convenient, they can also be the most expensive. There are more affordable options that are well connected to Bucerius via public transportation. A few of these alternatives include:

Hamm and Borgfelde are just northeast of the downtown area and campus and are less than 20 minutes away on the U Bahn (U2, red line). They are residential and more affordable while still being a short commute from the Law School and city center.

Barmbek Nord und Süd are slightly further north and east of the Alster Lake in the city center. Bus and train transportation is available and the bike paths along the lake make for a scenic commute.

Lokstedt is a bit further west of the university but still on major bus lines and has a connection to the U2 subway line. Several new apartment developments have gone up in the last few years with new shops going into the area as well.

Did you know?

Did you know that Bucerius Law School can support you in finding accommodation in Hamburg? The International Office can provide valuable information about neighborhoods, rent prices and different housing options.


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