Cost of Living in Austria: Austria is a well-heeled country with an exceptional higher education system. The living and study costs in Austria for international students are considerably low than in other European countries despite having been known as an expensive tourist destination.
Cost of Living in Austria
The accommodation cost is affordable in Austria but the cost of food is high especially in the winter season when fresh fruits and vegetables are deficient. The EU and EEA students can study free of cost or at a low cost in public universities of Austria. While Non-EU students have to pay tuition fees and accommodation charges which are also not very high costs. International students are allowed to work 20 hours a week in Austria and they are paid enough to afford their living expenses. On average the living costs and study costs in Austria are estimated for your discernment in the following guide.
1. Cost Of Study In Austria
Tuition fees in Austria will depend on more than one variable. One of these is where in the world you are from, and the other is whether you choose a public or private university. Public universities will charge considerably less than private universities. You should also expect to pay a higher tuition fee at a university of applied sciences as well.
A fee of Public Universities of Austria
If you are coming from the EU then study in Austrian public universities is free of cost or low cost. Some public universities charge 363 EUR per semester from EU students as well. Especially for the programs of applied sciences, the public universities charge tuition fees. But those coming from Non-EU countries have to pay on average 363.36-726.72 Euros per semester tuition fee and accommodation charges are not included in it. The fee can be different depending on the study program and academic level.
A fee of Private Universities of Austria
The private universities in Austria set their own fee packages for EU and Non-EU students/. The tuition fee can vary from one university to another. But on average private universities in Austria charge from 1,000 EUR to 40,000 EUR/year. The fee can be different from program to program. Especially for Post Graduate Programs such as Masters and PhD, the fee can be charged quite high.
Scholarships/ Funding for Pakistani Students
There are many private and public organizations that offer scholarships and financial aid to international students studying in Austria. The eligibility to avail scholarship can be known from your selected university’s information office. Here is a list of scholarships programs in Austria for International students.
-OFID Scholarship for International Students in Austria 2019/20 (The OPEC Fund for International Development gives financial aid to students belonging from developing countries to study in Austria. The eligibility criteria can be known on the OPEC website.
-Summer Undergraduate Fellowships at Vienna Biocenter Summer School in Austria, 2019-2020 (Applicants from around the globe can apply for this scholarship program. The eligibility criteria to avail this scholarship can be known from the website of Vienna Biocenter Summer School in Austria)
-ÖAW ESQ Open Call for PostDoc Fellowships for Experienced International Researchers in Austria, 2019 (Researchers from around the globe are invited to avail this scholarship. The eligibility criteria to avail this scholarship can be known from the ESQ website)
-Full and Partial Master Scholarships for International Students at MODUL University Vienna in Austria, 2019 (International students from anywhere in the world can apply for MODUL University’s scholarship the eligibility criteria from the University’s website. It is a private university of Austria)
-Helmut Veith Stipend for Female in Computer Science at TU Wien in Austria, 2019 (this scholarship is for Masters in Computer. The applicants can belong to any nationality and must note that it is only for female students intending to do Masters in Computer Science or other Computer Science Majors).
2. Living Costs In Austria
Apart from tuition, a student has to also think about the cost of living in that country. The fact that an excellent standard of living sets apart Australian cities also converts into a rather higher cost of living. Here’s a break up of different elements like rentals, utilities, entertainment, etc.
Living in Austria is more economical than in most countries of Europe. Normally a student needs 950 Euros to 1000 Euros approximately. The estimated cost of accommodation can be 400 Euros. The cost of food depends on you that what you eat. If you eat ready-made food from the restaurant or fast food shop you will have to spend more money. Cooking at your own place is economical and cheap. If you buy a cup of tea or coffee you need to pay 3 Euros for a cup, a sandwich from a bakery or fast food shop costs 3.50 Euros. Lunch and dinner from students type of restaurant cost 10 Euros approx. So, we advise you to cook yourself with sharing with other students, it is economical. You need 250 Euros approx for food in Austria. Traveling in the city is economical for students, students can get discount cards for traveling, though students have to spend on books and notes, and for entertainment also, if you want to go for an outing with friends then you should aware that cinema, theater and museum tickets normally cost 7 Euros to 10 Euros. Normally you need 300 Euros for these activities. So, it is advised to students to keep 1000 Euros per month with them for living in Austria. Many Pakistani students live in 300-500 Euros/ Month by sharing their accommodation, food and cutting their entertainment costs. They don’t eat outside and cook at home. Cooking at home is 10 times more economical than dining out abroad.
The cost of living in big cities of Australia is pretty comparable with other famous student cities of the world. Normally students need AUS $ 19830 per year to live in Australia. This cost includes accommodation rent, food, local transportation, books, study material, stationery, clothing, entertainment, personal maintenance, laundry, etc. It is not a fixed cost, it can be varying according to circumstances. Normally the cost of living depends on your living style and living habits. A student can spend on groceries and dine out from AUS $ 80 to AUS $ 280 per week. And he needs to spend AUS $ 55 to AUS $ 195 per week for utility bills including phone and internet. Transportation can be cost AUS $ 150 to AUS $ 260 per week. And he may spend AUS $ 80 to AUS $ 150 per week for entertainment.
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 tourist 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.
3. Transportation Expenditure In Austria
The transportation services of Austria are perfectly spread throughout the country covering all 23 districts. Whether you opt to live in small a town far from the main city or live in the central locality of an urban city like Vienna, traveling won’t be an issue. You can travel from your residence to your university and to your work by using the amenity of public transport with comfort and reach everywhere on time. Driving and public transportation are also relatively easy to access and roads are well-maintained, providing a generally comfortable and safe experience. There are buses and trams in the major cities, and Vienna even has a metro. Always remember to purchase your tickets before traveling as you may need to validate your ticket before departure. Cyclists will also enjoy Austria for the high-quality roads and some of the most amazing scenery in the world.
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.
4. Accommodation Costs In Austria
In Austria, you are free to choose your desired accommodation according to your comfort and financial capability. There are no university or college hostels and dorms available in Austria like in other countries. If you are expecting that after allotting a class roll number you will automatically be allotted a room on the university’s campus then you are wrong. You need to arrange accommodation yourself. One thing that is good for students is that finding a reasonable accommodation in your resources is not difficult. Let’s check your option for accommodation.
Private Housing: If not in dormitories, you can choose private housing options in Austria. Private housing can be rented or sublet in Austria, in any location you want to reside. Austria has an inexpensive accommodation facility and you can book private accommodation through online websites. Owners of student’s apartments have specifically designed shared rooms, private rooms, apartments, and studio apartments in a style and comfort level that could fit the preferences of students. The apartments and rooms have facilities of present-day and furniture of the latest fashion. The private accommodation will give a true picture of the Austrian lifestyle. It is a high standard, fashionable, luxurious, and facilitating. Here are some private housing options in Austria:
Shared Rooms: You can find a shared room accommodation in a central location of the city. It will be fully furnished with beds, a desk and study chair, and a private bathroom. The monthly rent will be 385 Euros. The bills of electricity, water, and heating are included in the rent. You can share the room with one of your classmates or friends and divide your daily chores. You can choose the location of your accommodation near to your work or university to avoid traveling expenses. The majority of international students use bicycles in Austria for their day-to-day travel.
Private Room: A private room for one student fully furnished, located in the central city will monthly cost 420 Euros bills included. The students who prefer privacy and a quiet atmosphere can enjoy this facility. You can find private rooms for rent posted on websites or contact real estate agents. The owners will take 2 months’ rent in advance as security.
Studio Apartment: A studio apartment with a furnished room, kitchen, and a sting area, balcony, and bathroom can be rented from 592 Euros to 790 Euros a month. This small studio apartment is the perfect comfortable apartment for your stay. Though it is an expensive option than other accommodation options it has the facility of freedom and easement. You can cook meals which you like, decorate the room as you like, and have quiet time to focus on your exams and quizzes.
Private Apartment: A private apartment has its own luxuries and comfort. You can invite your friends over for combined study and presentations. It has a terrace, laundry with washing machine, sitting area, private garden, balcony, and fully furnished kitchen with fridge, stove, dishwasher, and microwave. The room is contemporarily designed has a closet, bed, desk, and chair. Luxury comes with a price. The rent of a private apartment is 850 to 1000 Euros per month with bills included.