Living in Vienna

On this page you will find information on the following topics:

Cost of living

The list below shows an estimate of the monthly living expenses for students in Austria. The numbers given are only a guideline and are by no means binding. Accommodation costs are calculated on the basis of a room in a hall of residence or a shared flat.


Average cost of living per month (2023)

Public transport

Vienna has an excellent public transport system consisting of underground lines, bus services, trams and a city train network. For longer stays and frequent use of the Viennese public transport system, it is advisable to purchase one of the following Wiener Linien zone cards.


Students below the age of 26
Trainees and students over the age of 26
What to do if you lose your ticket

Medical care


Doctors and dentists
Psychological Counselling

Emergency numbers

Fire brigade






European emergency call number


(Emergency medical service)


Spiritual welfare hotline


Center for intoxication and poisoning

(01) 406 43 43

Emergency line for women

(01) 71 719

Pharmacies on-call duty


Socio-psychiatric emergency service

(01) 313 30

ESN (Erasmus Student Network)

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) helps Erasmus+ students to integrate and connect with each other. The International Office cooperates with the ESN section of the University of Vienna.
Services for Erasmus+ students offered by ESN:

  • "ESN Welcome Week" (which is not to be mixed up with our Orientation) at the beginning of the semester
  • Various activities throughout the semester
  • A "Buddy System", which pairs (mostly) local Austrian students with incoming exchange students, supporting the international students in settling in
  • The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) also offers a language tandem service free of charge via Facebook: Language Tandem Service ESN


Further services offered by ESN

Leisure time in Vienna

Vienna offers a broad range of cultural activities. Alongside cinemas, theatres, concert halls and opera houses, there are many museums, castles and churches. A good place to get information is the Tourist Info Vienna. Discounts for students (mostly only for those under 27 years) are often available in theatres, museums or other cultural institutions if you bring your valid student ID card with you. The best way is to ask directly.


Music and stage shows
Sights and museums
Sports facilities