Living and Studying in Vienna

Living in Vienna ‒ Home of Technische Universität Wien
Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien) is located in Vienna, the capital of Austria. Vienna is one of Europe’s most fascinating cities with a rich history, countless cultural attractions, excellent infrastructure, and reasonable living costs. It is consistently rated as one of the world’s cities with the highest quality of life.
Average monthly budget
Living in Vienna is relatively expensive. You will need 750 to 1100 € per month.
Accommodation (student dorm): 350‒550€
Accommodation (room in a shared appartment): 400‒600€
Food: 250‒350€
Personal expenses: 150‒200€
Public transport: 75€/semester (<26 years)
Public transportation
All students under 26 can buy a “Semesterticket”, which costs 75€ for students with principal residence in Vienna and 150€ for everyone living outside of Vienna. The semester ticket for the summer semester is valid between February 1 and June 30 and can be used in all public transportation within Vienna.

Students older than 26 can purchase an annual pass for 365€ and cancel it when no longer needed (22€ cancellation fee).
Language courses
German language courses of all levels recommend by TU Wien are offered by INNES Vienna and cost about 350€ per course (45 units à 45 minutes).
As you're still enrolled at TUM, you can register for any free online language courses offered at TUM.

Further provider of German courses: ‒ language center of Uni Wien ‒ DeutschAkademie

Another popular way of learning German is TANDEM – a language program based on the idea that two native speakers with different mother tongues are learning from and with each other.
Campus life
The ESN Buddynetwork TU Wien provides help and advice for incoming exchange students and organizes a variety of events from parties, hiking, skiing trips, university and city guided tours, etc.
TU Wien has no own rooms in student residences at its disposal.

Should you wish to reserve a room at an Austrian Exchange Service (OeAD) student residence, please fill out the registration form at After you have registered, you will be contacted by email with instructions about your next steps. Note that your reservation is only valid after you pay the deposit of approximately 950€. You will get the deposit back after having moved out of the student residence (minus charges of 18€ per month of residence). The price of a room ranges between 340€ and 620€ per month.

Prices for private accommodations usually cost more than a room in a student residence. Additionally, landlords often want to get to know tenants personally, so it might be difficult to find a flat before you arrive in Vienna. This is usually a little bit easier for shared flats, so called Wohngemeinschaften (WG). Offers for private accommodations can be found at the following websites: ‒ specialized on flat shares
You can enroll to any of the courses by the University Sport Institute USI, which offers an incredible range from Capoeira, to Orienteering and Scuba Diving.

There are also plenty of other opportunities for sports in the city from hiking in the Vienna Woods, jogging in Prater, inline skating on Danube Island or swimming in historic pools. Also, the entire city can be explored by bike.
Your local coordinator in Vienna
Sacha Schlumpf, M.Sc.