Cheap Tuition Fees and Living Costs for International Students in Austria

If you plan or think about studying in Austria, you should know that many international students rated their study abroad experience in this country as excellent. The main reasons were:

  • The high standard of the academic environment at Austrian universities
  • Student-centred classes and teaching methods
  • Austria is one of the safest European countries
  • Universities charge low tuition fees

Keep on reading as we provide more details about tuition fees and living costs in Austria.

1. Tuition fees for international students in Austria

Tuition fees for EU/EEA & Switzerland students

At public universities, EU/EEA students who pursue a full-time degree or enrol for an exchange programme don’t have to pay any tuition fee. They only have to pay a fee of 20 EUR/semester, which covers the student union membership and the student accident insurance.

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Tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students

In addition to the 20 EUR/semester, non-EU/EEA students will have to pay on average 726.72 EUR per semester for tuition fees.

Many public universities make exceptions for students from developing countries, who are not charged any tuition fees. To see if your country is on the list, check the information on the official university page.

Tuition fees at Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS)

Universities of Applied Sciences can decide how much they charge for their study programmes. EU/EEA students usually pay 363 EUR/semester. For non-EU/EEA citizens, costs range between 727 – 7,500 EUR/semester.

Tuition fees at private universities

Private academic institutions are more expensive than public universities. While tuition costs vary from one study programme to the next, foreign students should expect to pay anywhere between 3,000 – 23,000 EUR/year. Some specialised programmes demand tuition fees of 35,000 EUR/year or more.

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2. Student living costs in Austria

Considering the high quality of life in Austria, one can say that living costs are quite affordable. Prices vary from one region to another.

In Vienna and Salzburg, you should prepare a monthly budget of 900 - 1,300 EUR to cover all your expenses (accommodation, food, social activities and public transportation).

In other student cities, like Linz or Graz, living costs range between 900 and 1,000 EUR/month.

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Accommodation costs in Austria

Accommodation rates in Austria range between 200 – 500 EUR/month. Some cities, like Vienna are more expensive than others. Prices are also higher if you live in the city centre or very close to it.

On average, students that live alone pay about 400 EUR/month, students living in student accommodation pay around 260 EUR/month, while those who live with a partner/colleague spend around 370 EUR/month.

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Food costs 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 7 – 10 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 12 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 20 to 30 EUR per person.

Supermarkets have pretty affordable prices, meaning you will spend around 200 – 250 EUR/month on your groceries. The cheapest supermarkets are Hofer (Austria's Aldi), Zielpunkt, Spar and Billa.

Transportation in Austria

Public transportation, whether by train, bus or tram, is the most convenient and easiest way to travel in Austria. One metro or bus ticket for a single fare is around 2 EUR, while monthly transport passes cost between 30 – 50 EUR. You can also use your student card to get discounts.

You can also use the Numbeo website to check out other prices and costs in Austria.

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Extra costs

  • Utilities: 100 - 200 EUR/month. This extra cost only applies if you live in a privately rented flat. They’re usually lower if you live with 1 or 2 flatmates.
  • Study materials and leisure activities (books, culture, recreation): around 300 EUR
  • Non-EU/EEA citizens have to pay for health insurance. If they qualify for student insurance, they pay around 60 EUR/month. If they don’t qualify, they can still apply for insurance from a public Austrian insurance provider, but it costs 427 EUR/month.

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