Living in Vienna

Vienna, the capital of Austria, lies in the heart of Europe. It 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. Good information source is the International Office from TU Wien or their welcome guide (both to find in the download area). 

Facts living in Vienna

Living Costs

300-800 € apartment rent, 300 € food and 100-200 € Material or other expenses (hobbies, party) per month

 75-100 € public transportation per semester (5 month)


As a student in Vienna, you are eglible for a number of reductions. For example there are special last minute student tickets for the "Burgtheater", "Staatsoper", "Musikverein" and "Volksoper" that only cost 7€. Most museums in Vienna like the MUMOK, Albertina, Belvedere and MAK charge students between 1,80€ and 5€. List of all museums in Vienna, opens an external URL in a new window
It's also very easy to get from Vienna to the Slovak capital Bratislava. You can either take the Twin City Liner - a speed boat travelling along the Danube - or one of the 99 trains that go between Vienna and Bratislava each day. There is even a "Night Liner" train which departs from Vienna at 00:17 and from Bratislava at 05:00.


There are numerous bars and pubs in Vienna, covering all styles of music, from live-jazz to electronic sounds. Furthermore you can see many popular artists at the Stadthalle.


Students in Vienna can also take part in sport activities offered by the University Sports Institute, opens an external URL in a new window.


Furthermore there are many ways to spend your spare time outdoors: There are many parks and green spaces in Vienna. The Donauinsel, opens an external URL in a new window is only 8 minutes away from TU Wien, if you take the underground. Not much further away is the Wienerwald, opens an external URL in a new window, which covers over 1000 square kilometres and is one of the premier outdoor recreation areas for Vienna.
To the east is the Neusiedlersee, opens an external URL in a new window, the second largest steppe lake in Europe at the Austrian-Hungarian border. Besides being an important wildlife habitat, it also offers opportunities for sailing, windsurfing and fishing.

Getting Around

"semester ticket", opens an external URL in a new window for the public transport in Vienna (Wiener Linien, opens an external URL in a new window) costs around 100€ per semester and is available at the major stations. If you plan on using the train outside Vienna, you should buy a "Vorteilscard, opens an external URL in a new window", which offers around 50% discount for the Austrian railways (ÖBB, opens an external URL in a new window).