€/m² average rent (2018)
Percentage vacant (2016)
new housing by 2030
Renting an apartment in Jena
In Jena, as in many other growth and university areas, it can be difficult and can take time to find an affordable apartment to rent. In particular, larger apartments with four or more rooms are very popular with families, and with students who want to flatshare. The city of Jena has recognised this issue, and vows to create more new living spaces. It aims to have 1,200 new apartments built by 2030.
The cost of renting or buying an apartment or house is currently higher than the regional average due to the high demand. The average rent in Jena in 2016 was €5.62 per m² (rent only, excluding utilities). Local housing cooperatives in particular contribute to in this figure. New rent contracts currently start at around €10 per m² (rent only, excluding utilities), particularly with private landlords.
The heating, water, electricity and telephone bills will need to be paid in addition to the ‘Kaltmiete’ (i.e. net rent excluding utilities). This is the reason a ‘Warmmiete’ is sometimes offered (i.e. rent with utilities included, except for phone/internet) The average rent (‘kalt’) was €8.48 per m² in Jena in 2018, according to the local AG Wohnungswirtschaft (housing industry).
If you come to Jena from another country, some of the housing regulations will certainly be new to you. Landlords or letting agents in Germany generally require a deposit (‘Kaution’) of between one and two months rent, which they keep in a separate bank account as security. This will be returned to you at the end of the tenancy if there is no damage to the accommodation.
A letting agent can help you look for accommodation. If you want to use this service, their commission for finding you an apartment can be as high as three months rent. Do not pay any deposit, rent or commission before the actual rent agreement has been signed.
The team at the Welcome Center Jena will be happy to advise you on any questions regarding living in Jena, or finding housing.
- BC Hausverwaltung GmbH
- Heimstättengenossenschaft Jena e.G.
- Jenaer Baugenossenschaft e.G.
- jenawohnen GmbH
- Örtliche Wohnungsgenossenschaft e.G. Jena
- wohndienstjena GmbH
- Wohngenossenschaft Lobeda-West e.G.
- Wohnungsgenossenschaft “Carl Zeiss” e.G.
- Wohnungsgenossenschaft “Unter der Lobdeburg”
- Wohnungsgenossenschaft Saaletaal Jena e.G.
Buying an apartment/house in Jena
The demand for housing to buy is high in Jena, as it is throughout Germany, because of the current low interest rates. In Jena, the average price per m² for building land is €262/m² (2018), and €302/m² (2019) for a residential plot. 301 residential building permits were issued in Jena in the first nine months of 2020.
Municipal building land is marketed and sold by the city’s own in-house enterprise Kommunale Immobilien Jena. Building land is currently being offered for sale for commercial and private housebuilding in the new residential area of ‘Am Oelste’ in the north of the city. Allocation is according to assessment criteria: priority is given to applications from families with children who want to develop the land. For more information: www.am-oelste.de
Houses and apartments currently for sale in Jena can be found on the usual online portals.
Accommodation for newcomers
When you arrive in Jena, you have the option of staying initially in a hotel, a holiday apartment or a youth hostel. The usual online portals will assist in your search. Furnished apartments only become available occasionally and so are relatively expensive and in demand. Alternatively, you could rent a room in one of the many Wohngemeinschaften (WGs) (house- or flat-shares) offering Zwischenmiete – short-term rentals. These are relatively inexpensive, depending on the location, and offer the opportunity of getting to know other people and the city.