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For prospective exchange students | Student life in Vienna

This page provides general information about life in Vienna and at WU. It is supposed to help you to decide if WU is a good fit for you and your exchange experience.

Please note that you need to submit your application for an exchange spot at WU at your home university. For information about the application procedure and further requirements, please contact your university’s international office.

If you have already been nominated for an exchange semester at WU, please visit this page

About Vienna

WU is located in Vienna, one of the safest and most beautiful cities in Europe. The city is rich in tradition and influenced by a variety of cultures, which is reflected in art, music, food, and architecture.

Vienna is both one of Austria’s nine federal provinces and the national capital. With 1.8 million people living in the 23 districts of the city and about 2.5 million people living in the greater metropolitan area, Vienna is the biggest city in Austria. Its geographical location in the center of Europe makes it an important hub for international organizations and companies, including UNO, OSCE, OPEC, and the CEE headquarters of Coca-Cola and Henkel. It is also an ideal starting point for traveling to other European cities, such as Paris, Rome, or Prague.

Estimated living costs

Housingapprox. €450 - €650per month
Health insurance (if applicable)approx. €60per month
Food, personal expensesapprox. €220 - €300per month
Vienna public transportationapprox. €75 - €160per semester
Utilities (telephone)approx. €15 - €30per month
Entertainmentapprox. €50 - €150per month
Booksapprox. €75 - €150per semester
Students' Union duesapprox. €20per semester

Vienna offers a wide variety of culinary options to cater to all tastes and most special diets. In recent years, more vegetarian and vegan food options have become available. In addition, most supermarkets carry products suitable for people with food allergies.

Public transportation

Vienna has an outstanding public transportation network, which includes night buses during the week and 24-hour subway service on weekends. Students can purchase a student semester ticket at a reduced price and get unlimited access to the network for an entire semester.

Studying at WU (campus, course offer, housing)

Want to find out more about what studying at WU is like and have the opportunity to ask questions? Join one of our webinars for prospective exchange students and hear all about it!

About WU

In 1898, the Imperial Export Academy was founded, which became the WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) in 1975. Originally, a unique institution of higher education focused on a comprehensive education in international trade, today’s WU plays a major role in the fields of economics and business. With around 24.000 students, WU is one of the largest of its kind in Europe.

Since 2015, WU is one of only 1% of universities worldwide which can claim triple accreditation by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA, and is one of only two universities in the German-speaking world with this prestigious distinction.

See here for more about WU’s history. Click here to get to WU's factsheet.

Campus WU

WU is located in Vienna’s 2nd district in between two subway stations. Campus WU is right next to Vienna’s well-known “Prater” park, which is easily reachable by using the city’s excellent public transport system.

The central building, the Library & Learning Center, is surrounded by five building complexes designed by internationally renowned architects. 35.000 m2 of the campus area is built-up, the remaining 55.000 m2 are publicly accessible grounds.


Apart from the library branches, which include spacious study areas, the campus also houses a bookstore, where students can get most of their required reading materials, as well as numerous opportunities to grab lunch or a snack between classes, with hot lunch options starting at about €5.


The International Office at WU offers optional orientation programs before the beginning of each semester, as well as mandatory Welcome Days including an enrollment session. This ensures you get the most out of your exchange experience at WU and in Vienna.

Our two-week Orientation and Cultural Program includes a variety of activities that cover not only Vienna’s most famous sights and attractions, but are also intended to give you an impression of everyday life in Vienna. Additionally, the program provides a special training on how to cope with a culture shock. For more information on prices and booking deadlines, please click here.

WU's Business Language Center offers pre-semester German language courses, subject only to an administration and teaching materials fee of €40. For more information, please click here.


In Austria, one of the main student housing providers is the OeAD housing office (Austrian agency for international mobility and cooperation in education, science and research). WU has reserved spots in their residence halls and guarantees housing for incoming exchange students.

Head over to our housing section for more information.

Note: Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, we ask you to refrain from making binding reservations as travel restrictions can be in place and change quickly. Please consider this when making travel arrangements – always check the cancellation policy when booking your flight and accommodation!

Health insurance

WU requires all incoming exchange students to have a health insurance coverage. Please check the information, we have compiled on health insurance to find out whether or not you need to purchase any additional insurance.

Courses and academic life

For information on courses for incoming students and what academic life is like, please head over to our academics section.

WU generally offers the same courses for exchange students each summer and winter semester. If you want to know what courses will be available during your semester at WU, you can browse the previous course catalogs to get an idea. However, please note that the final course catalog will only become available close to the beginning of each semester.

Sports and leisure

As an incoming exchange student, you can use the on-campus athletic facilities by taking the University of Vienna's athletic institute's (Universitätssportinstitut Wien) classes at a reduced, very student-friendly rate. Furthermore, the ÖH Students’ Union athletic office (Sportreferat) organizes athletic events and provides information on where to go for training and practice, tennis and squash courts, or aerobics classes.

You can find additional opportunities for athletic activities on and around campus. Right next door, Prater Park is a very popular destination in Vienna for hiking, jogging, skating, and cycling.


Erasmus Buddy Network

The Erasmus Buddy Network (EBN) is a group of WU students who volunteer to help incoming exchange students get settled in their new home. At the EBN office, you will get helpful information about Vienna, WU, and social life in Austria.

The EBN Team organizes the Buddy Program, in which you are matched up with a WU student who acts as your first contact person before and during your exchange semester. The Erasmus Buddy Network also organizes many events and trips to help you learn more about Austrian culture and get to know your fellow exchange students.


If you are interested in completing an internship during your studies at WU, please click here to find the relevant information.

Useful links

Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD) (general information about studying in Austria, including entry regulations, grants, etc.)

Buddy Network - Austrian Students’ Union at WU (ÖH WU)

Wien Online: Vienna City Council web service (online city map available)

Austrian embassies and consulates (under “Country Information”)