Austria Living Costs


Austria Living costs

Although Austria is one of the richest countries in the world, living costs are much higher than other European countries. Particularly, tuition fees of Austrian universities are very higher than most of the other European universities.

You can estimate monthly living costs (in Euro) using the following list. These values are only provided as a guide and cannot be considered as indicators. Cost of university dormitory is considered as the base rate of accommodation costs.

Accommodation Cost

Accommodation cost depends on the city you are going to study. For example, in Vienna it is higher than small cities. Student dormitory cost in Vienna is about €400 and higher and in small cities it is bellow €400.

Cost: €400

Costs of food

Fortunately, Austria has many discount supermarkets supplying food in lower prices. In most of the universities, you can receive good food in a fair price from cafeterias (Mensa). However, the cheapest way to eat food is cooking food by yourself. Average price of some foodstuffs are: a cup of coffee or tea in a café, €3; a sandwich in a bakery, €3.50; a dinner in a student restaurant, €10; 1 liter milk, €1.10-1.20; …

Cost: €200-250

Student Insurance

 Austria has a best insurance system in the world. If you have a health insurance in Austria, you can receive free health services such as doctor visit, surgeries, (except for esthetic surgeries), tooth filling, blood test, sonography …. You have only to pay a little to drugstore for your medicines.

Cost: €60


Austria has a best transportation system in the world. You can access everywhere in Vienna by public transportation. Transportation cost is categorized into two category:

  1. Annual card: you can use this card limitless for public transportation for one year.

Cost: €396 (this cost is divided into monthly instalments) - €33 in a mounth

  1. Student transportation card: this card is called SEMESTERKART and is given to students under 26.

Cost: €75 for each semester

Other costs

A movie ticket costs about €9 and a museum ticket is about €8. However, you can get discounts in most of the museums, movies, theatres and other cultural centers against your student card. Buying a non-textbook to study costs €8 or more and textbooks are normally more than €70. You can get textbooks from library of your university. For example cost of barber is about €10-15.

Monthly Cost: €50 (without university textbooks)

University Tuition Fee

Cost: €740 for each semester

German Language Class

For the students who gaine admission without German knowledge or, in other words, are required to attend language courses up to C1.

Cost: €1200 for 5 months

Total cost of a student life in Austria is estimated €950 considering all of the above items.


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