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Around the university

The University of Vienna has a couple of services and institutions which are either important or very helpful during your stay here.

  • Libraries
  • Computer Center and IT-Services
  • University Sport Institute (USI)
  • Language Center of the University of Vienna
  • Canteens
  • Team Accessible Studying (Team Barrierefrei Studieren)
  • Austrian Students' Union (ÖH)

The University of Vienna has a Main Library (“Hauptbibliothek”) and numerous Special Libraries ( “Fachbereichsbibliotheken”). Students with a valid student ID card can use the libraries free of charge.

With your student ID card you are eligible to use and borrow books from the Main Library as well as from any Special Library.

The Main Library (Hauptbibliothek)

The Main Library is located in the university's main building. There you can pick up and return books. The Main Library has different reading rooms where you can work. The nightshifts@UB have also become rather popular. 

Opening hours lending department: Mo - Fr 9.00 am - 7.00 pm
Opening hours reading rooms: Mo - Fr 9.00 am - 10.00 pm, Sa 09.00 am - 8.00 pm

During the holidays, other opening hours apply.

Textbook Collection (Lehrbuchsammlung)
The Textbook Collection (Lehrbuchsammlung) holds a large number of current textbooks of which there is more than one copy available. The books in the textbook collection cannot be ordered in advance; you have to take the books from the shelves yourself. It is possible to lend books in self-service.

In order to lend books from the Main Library they must be ordered online via u:search. U:search lists the university library's entire holdings, including electronic resources such as eBooks, e-Journals and databases. 

To grant users access to electronic resources also at home, the library provides the service u:access.

Special Libraries (Fachbereichsbibliotheken)

The Special Libraries hold primarily specialised books related to the respective subjects. As opposed to the Main Library most of the time books must be used in the Departmental Libraries and can be borrowed for weekends only.

Opening hours and locations of Special Libraries

Other libraries in Vienna

Austria's most important library is the Austrian National Library (Österreichische Nationalbibliothek). It holds every book published or printed in Austria as well as publications about Austria published abroad and literature by Austrian authors.

In order to use the library you can either purchase a day ticket for € 3 or an annual membership card for € 10.

Opening hours Main Reading Room: Mo - Su 9.00 am - 9.00 pm

You can also borrow books from the Libraries of the City of Vienna. The biggest one is the Central Library (Hauptbücherei der Stadt Wien), furthermore there are branches in the districts.

In order to register you need a valid photo ID. A day ticket costs € 3.80. An annual membership card costs € 24, for students under 24 years € 3.80.

Opening hours: Mo - Fri 11.00 am -7.00 pm, Sa 11.00 am - 5.00 pm

Computer Center and IT services

The Vienna University Computer Center (ZID) provides students of the University of Vienna with numerous IT services related to studies, which can be accessed with your u:account.

University Sport Institute (USI)

Should you be interested in doing sports, you can attend a sport course offered at the University Sport Institute (Universitätssportinstitut, USI). USI offers various sport courses at very favourable prices. The complete course programme can be found online. Students under 25 years receive a discount on the course fees.

Registration for the courses can be done either in person at the University Sport Institute or online and usually opens mid-September (winter semester) or mid-February (summer semester).

Manual for online registration

Language Center of the University of Vienna

Sprachenzentrum der Universität Wien
Campus der Universität Wien, court (Hof) 1, entry 1.16
Alser Straße 4
1090 Wien
Tel: +43-(0)1-4277-24101
Web: http://www.sprachenzentrum.at
Email: sprachenzentrum@univie.ac.at

German courses

If you wish to improve your German language skills in preparation of your stay or during the semester, you can register for a German language course at the Language Center of the University of Vienna ('Sprachenzentrum der Universität Wien').

Exchange students will be granted a discount of 20% for the preparatory courses in February and September as well as for the summer and trimester courses, if they present their Certificate of Arrival (ERASMUS students) or a confirmation for the German courses (Non-EU Exchange Students).

Further information on the German courses is provided here.

Please note that there are no German language courses offered at the department of German Philology.

Foreign language courses 

In addition to the German courses, the Language Center offers a wide range of foreign language courses. Students of the University of Vienna will receive a discount of 25% on all the foreign language courses. Further details can be found here


In Vienna you can find a couple of canteens where you can eat at a reasonable price.

The advisory centre of the Austrian Students' Union ("Beratungszentrum der ÖH Uni Wien") hands out a so called "Mensen-Pickerl" (canteen sticker) to students with a valid u:card starting with the official start of the semester. With this sticker, students can claim a discount of € 0.80 (winter semester 2017/18) on every Mensa menu in selected canteens. The Canteen Sticker has to be attached to the ÖH cover of the u:card.

Team Accessible Studying (Team Barrierefrei Studieren)

Students with mental health issues or physical impairments can turn to the Team Accessible Studying. They offer information on all the relevant topics. 

Team Accessible Studying ("Team Barrierefrei Studieren")
Office and Counselling: Student Point Info Center Room TP 146 (Main Building)
Tel: +43 (0)1-4277-106 26
Web: http://barrierefrei.univie.ac.at/en
Email: barrierefrei@univie.ac.at
(without stairs)

Personal Counselling: Wednesdays, 9.00 to 11.00 am
Telephone Counselling: Thursdays, 1:00 to 3.00 pm

Further detailed information is provided here

Austrian Students' Union

The Austrian Students' Union (Österreichische HochschülerInnenschaft - ÖH) represents all students studying in Austria. It is completely independent and autonomous. On the one hand it represents the students' interests politically vis-à-vis the ministry and the university authorities, on the other hand it provides services for Austrian and international students.

The Austrian Students' Union of the University of Vienna also offers a service for international students (e.g. International Office of the Austrian Students' Union)

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