The overall academic quality and the diversity of the programs provided in Austria universities is appreciated, as well as the university services. Most students consider that their time in Austria has benefited their personal and professional development and share positive impressions about the modern study environment. Here are some facts you may need about tuition fees and cost of living in Austria.
- Tuition Fee Fees for EU students
EU students that follow a complete degree or enrol for an exchange programme in a public university in Austria don’t have to pay any tuition fee. They only have to pay a symbolic fee of 18 EUR/semester to the student union.
Fees for non-EU students
In addition to the 18 EUR/semester, non-EU students will have to pay on average 726.72 EUR per semester for tuition fees. If they decide to take courses at more than one university, they will only have to pay the tuition fee once.
- Student living costs in Austria
Considering the high quality of life in Austria, one can say that living costs are quite affordable. Like in any country, prices are somewhat different depending on each region or city.
In Vienna and Salzburg, however, you should prepare a monthly budget of between 850 and 950 EUR to cover all your expenses (accommodation, food bills, moderate social activities and public transportation).
In other student cities, like Linz or Graz, living costs would range between 600 and 840 EUR/month.
Accommodation costs in Austria
Out of the total monthly expenses of EU students, foreign students in Austria usually pay around:
- 35% on accommodation,
- 7% on transportation
- 1% on tuition fees.
Rates for accommodation in Austria place in the international range of 200 – 300 EUR/month, as the average for any housing option is around 250 – 270 EUR/month.
On average, students that live alone pay about 356 EUR/month, students living in student accommodation pay around 260 EUR/month, while those who live with partner/child(ren) spend around 370 EUR/month.
Rates for the most common housing choices among international students in Austria:
- Student residence halls – 200 – 400 EUR/month for a single room.
- Rent/share an apartment – around 270 EUR/month for one person, for an apartment in the city centre.
- Home stay – average price is 550 EUR/month
Cost of Food in Austria
For Austrians, lunch is the most important meal of the day; for this reason, most restaurants offer cheap menus around noon. The cheapest are usually Chinese restaurants, but If you want to try out traditional Austrian food go for a Gasthaus or Gasthof, which serve traditional food at reasonable prices.
The average price of meals at some inexpensive local pubs or restaurants is about 5 – 7 EUR. A soup goulash is around 7 EUR and the dessert would cost around 4 EUR. In touristic areas, however, you should expect prices of about 11 to 18 EUR for the main meal and another 6 EUR for a drink. A three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant will cost somewhere between 15 to 35 EUR per person. Supermarkets have pretty affordable prices, meaning you would spend between 165 and 200 EUR/month on your groceries. The cheapest supermarkets are Hofer (Austria´s Aldi), Zielpunkt, Spar and Billa.
Cost of Transportation in Austria
Public transportation, whether train, bus or tram, is the most convenient and easiest way to travel within a city in Austria, mainly because they work on a fixed schedule. A student schooling in Austria, said during an interview that “Transports are crazily efficient and the city is very secure.” Interestingly, Students under the age of 26 can get a Vorteilskarte (discount card), which allows them to travel for half the regular price in all of Austria. In Graz, you can get this special card at the main train station; it will cost you around 20 EUR and is valid for a year.