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Accommodation

Exchange students arriving in Vienna have several options to choose from when booking housing for their stay. These options include but are not limited to:

  • residence halls run by OeAD, the main housing provider for students in Austria,

  • or a private flat that can be found for example through the housing platform
    Housing Anywhere,

  • or through another third-party provider.

However, regardless of whether you are staying at an OeAD residence hall, or private accommodation, you are responsible for taking the appropriate steps to reserve and secure your own housing. Please choose one of the three options below for further information.

Join our Facebook group WU Incoming & Outgoing Exchange Students where you can get in touch with both fellow incoming and WU outgoing exchange students and discuss your housing options.

OeAD residence halls

OeAD (Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research) -Housing Office is the main housing provider for international students in Vienna. They run around 30 different student residence halls all over Vienna.

WU has made a pre-reservation in certain OeAD residence halls to make sure that housing is guaranteed for its incoming exchange students. You can find a list of residence halls with reservations for WU incomings below. Students who would like to make use of this offer, need to register through the OeAD website until May 15 (winter semester) or November 15 (summer semester) at the latest.

Important: Please note that rooms are not guaranteed if you apply after the deadline. It is however still possible to apply and OeAD will offer you a room, if they have availabilities.

Booking procedure:

The procedure for booking a room in an OeAD student residency hall is as follows:

  • We advise to book as early as possible, as rooms are allocated by the OeAD-Housing Office on the first come first serve principle.

  • Please note that the minimum rental period for a room in a residency hall is a whole semester (winter semester: October to the end of January), (summer semester: March to the end of June). It is possible to extend but not to shorten the rental period.

  • You must apply online at OeAD housing website.

  • You have to upload your Letter of Acceptance (or a screenshot of your welcome email) during the booking process, as well as a copy of your travel document (passport).

  • At the end of the application form you need to accept OeAD’s general terms and conditions. Read them carefully as they contain information regarding, among other things, the rental period and their cancelation policies.

  • OeAD charges a fee of € 35 for processing your application (see additional costs below). This fee is non-refundable.

  • After your have submitted your application, OeAD will send you an offer of accommodation. If, though unlikely, OeAD cannot offer you a room, you will receive a full refund of the application fee.

  • After you have received an offer of accommodation, you can confirm it by transferring the security deposit to the account indicated by OeAD (further details will be sent to you along with the offer). The deposit will be returned to you at the end of your stay minus a cleaning fee of € 55 (see below) as well as any fees associated with damage to the room.

  • Only after receipt of your deposit will your offer of accommodation be fully confirmed. The offer is usually valid for two weeks. If you do not confirm within two weeks the offer will expire.

  • Please note that, in addition to your monthly accommodation fee, an additional booking fee will be assessed by OeAD. The exact amount of your booking fee is calculated from the booked time period (see below). The total booking fee for the entirety of your stay is payable with your first monthly accommodation fee payment, to be paid no later than the 5th of the month in which you moved in.

  • Proof of accommodation can be provided by OeAD for the purpose of obtaining a visa. If this is required, please indicate this in your application and OeAD will provide confirmation via email following completion of the booking process. Please note that the proof of accommodation for obtaining a visa can be issued at the earliest 14 days after the booking has been confirmed.

  • If you arrive outside of the OeAD's opening hours, you will need to make special arrangements for picking up your key. You can also request that your Buddy from WU’s Buddy Network be allowed to pick up your key for you.

  • We recommend you to review OeAD’s Terms and Conditions (Geschäftsbedingungen) as your contract will be with them, not with WU.

All additional costs at a glance

  • Application fee: € 35

  • Deposit: two times your monthly rent (will be refunded to you at the end of your stay, minus a cleaning fee and potential damages)

  • Cleaning fee: € 55 (subtracted from your deposit)

  • Booking fee: € 15 per month (has to be payed in full at the beginning of your stay)

Please note that OeAD, a fully independent organization, has terms and conditions that must be satisfied as well as their application procedure.

For more information, please see OeAD’s website and OeAD's FAQs. If you have further questions, please send an email to housing@oead.at.

The following residence halls have pre-reserved rooms for WU incoming exchange students in winter semester 2019/20:

OeAD-Guesthouse Kandlgasse
Categories A (single room in a living community - bathroom/toilet, kitchenette in the living community) & D (single apartments)
OeAD-Guesthouse Molkereistraße
Categories A (single room in a living community - bathroom/toilet, kitchenette in the living community) & D (single apartments)
OeAD-Guesthouse Gasgasse
Categories A+ (single room in a living community - bathroom/toilet private, kitchenette in the living community) D & D+ (single apartments)
OeAD-Guesthouse Tigergasse
Categories A (single room in a living community - bathroom/toilet, kitchenette in the living community) & H (bed in a double room)
OeAD-Apartment Obermüllnerstraße
Category J (double room, kitchenette)
Kolpinghaus Wien Zentral Gumpendorferstraße
Categories E (single room), J & H (bed in a double room)
PopUp dorms*:
Category A  (single room in a living community - bathroom/toilet, kitchenette in the living community)

* If you are considering this option, please note:

The recently opened PopUp dorms are located in Seesadt Aspern, which is a recently developed area and rather isolated from the rest of the city. The advantages of this dorm are: it is one of the best options in terms of value for money and the area is reasonably well connected through public transportation. The subway line U2 (purple line) is a direct connection to WU and the city center. Commuting time to WU is approximately 20 minutes and around 35 minutes to the city center (Station: Karlsplatz. Please note, the Vienna subway system does not have 24 hour service except on weekends and the day preceding a public holiday. During the week the last subway runs at around 00:15. Afterwards, the Vienna NightLine buses are the only public option. Seestadt is not yet well connected to the NightLine system, meaning that a trip after the last subway train will take you up to 1.5 hours, two transfers, and a 15 minute walk to get home. The same applies to the Sonnenallee dorms.

The following residence halls have pre-reserved rooms for WU incoming exchange students in summer semester 2020:

OeAD-Guesthouse Kandlgasse
Categories A (single room in a living community - bathroom/toilet, kitchenette in the living community) & D (single apartments)
OeAD-Guesthouse Molkereistraße
Categories A (single room in a living community - bathroom/toilet, kitchenette in the living community) & D (single apartments)
OeAD-Guesthouse Gasgasse
Categories A+ (single room in a living community - bathroom/toilet private, kitchenette in the living community) & D (single apartments)
OeAD-Guesthouse Tigergasse
Category A (single room in a living community - bathroom/toilet, kitchenette in the living community)
OeAD-Apartment Obermüllnerstraße
Category J (double room, kitchenette)
Home4Students Große Schiffgasse
Category K (bed in a double room)
PopUp dorms*:
Category A  (single room in a living community - bathroom/toilet, kitchenette in the living community)
Sonnenallee*:
Category A  (single room in a living community - bathroom/toilet, kitchenette in the living community) & H (bed in a double room in living community)  

* If you are considering this option, please note:

The PopUp dorms, as well as Sonnenallee are located in Seesadt Aspern, which is a recently developed area and rather isolated from the rest of the city. The advantages of this dorm are: it is one of the best options in terms of value for money and the area is reasonably well connected through public transportation. The subway line U2 (purple line) is a direct connection to WU and the city center. Commuting time to WU is approximately 20 minutes and around 35 minutes to the city center (Station: Karlsplatz. Please note, the Vienna subway system does not have 24 hour service except on weekends and the day preceding a public holiday. During the week the last subway runs at around 00:15. Afterwards, the Vienna NightLine buses are the only public option. Seestadt is not yet well connected to the NightLine system, meaning that a trip after the last subway train will take you up to 1.5 hours, two transfers, and a 15 minute walk to get home.

Private accommodation - Housing Anywhere

If you prefer to arrange your own accommodation in a private apartment, we recommend using the Housing Anywhere platform. If proof of accommodation is needed for visa purposes, this proof will have to be issued by the landlord. We advise against other platforms due to the risks of abuse.

WU partners with Housing Anywhere, an international student-to-student housing to give students further options for housing during their time abroad. We warmly recommend you to sign up for the Housing Anywhere Accommodation Service. Housing Anywhere has specialized in helping international students find and book their new room abroad, and is doing that for over 150 universities worldwide. By signing up, Housing Anywhere will provide you with regular updates of new rooms available in Vienna. This service is free of charge, you are not obliged to book any of the suggested rooms. Only if you book a room on Housing Anywhere an administrative fee is charged for Housing Anywhere’s secure booking system.

You can sign up for this service here

Other student residence providers

If you don't find what you're looking for on Housing Anywhere, you can also try one of the following services. Please note that these are third-party/commercial websites and that we provide the information below to help you choose the best suitable accommodation. We try to keep this page as up to date as possible, but please review the exact terms and conditions of your final choice, as changes may have been made since the last update.

The FIZZ Vienna

  • Special offer for WU Students: FIZZ Standard Apartments

  • Cancellation notice period of three months

  • All-In-Rent from € 562 per month

The FIZZ Vienna offers apartment viewings. Make an appointment for an apartment viewing here.

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  • Monthly payment of rent via SEPA direct debit mandate

  • € 120 service fee
    € 1100 deposit
    € 85 final cleaning fee

  • Cancellation notice period of three months

  • Bed sheets, towels and dishes are not included

  • Check out their website for other apartment categories under standard conditions

To book this special offer for WU Students, please book via email and include ‘WU-Student’ in the subject line.

Campus Studios (Akademikerhilfe)

  • Located next to WU campus

  • Single and double studios from € 505 per month

  • Long and short term contracts

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  • € 20 registration fee
    € 30 processing fee
    € 30 building fee
    € 30 Residence Representation fee
    € 1200 deposit
    € 100 final cleaning fee

  • Short term contracts
    - 12 to 91 days
    - Costs are calculated per night instead of per month
    - No deposit
    - All fees, including accomodation costs have to be paid up front

  • Long term contracts
    - Minimum stay of three monthts
    - Monthly payment of rent via SEPA direct debit mandate
    - Deposit and all other fees due when you have accepted the contract may be paid with credit card.
    - Cancellation notice period of two months

    Please note: The standard contract period for these apartments is 12 months. However, as long as you stay for a minimum of three months, you can cancel your contract at any point, as long as you adhere to the two months cancellation period. In principle, you have the possibility to get a shorter contract for one semester as well; however, you have no possibility to extend your contract, should you wish to stay for an additional month.

  • Check out their website

Linked Living Apartments

  • Minimum stay of 6 months

  • 10 minute walk from WU campus

  • Apartments from € 599 per month
    Please note: You will need to provide proof of sufficient funds (three months' rent).

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  • € 250 administration fee
    Deposit of three months' rent,
    € 75 final cleaning fee

  • Cancellation notice period of three months

  • Two people maximum per apartment

  • Check out their website


Milestone

  • Two different locations each a 5 minute walk from WU campus

  • Apartments from € 619 per month

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  • € 20 processing fee
    € 80 booking fee
    € 1100 deposit,
    € 50 annual fee
    € 80 final cleaning fee
    2 months' rent in advance
    One of the locations charges an additional € 25 for a Wi-Fi router. Please see their website for details.

  • Payment via VISA, Mastercard or money transfer (eps)

  • Bed linens, dishes, towels, cleaning equipment are not included

  • The usual contract period covers regular semester dates (Sept/Oct - Jan/Feb or Feb/March – June/July). In some cases, individual contract periods may be arranged (subject to availability).

  • Check out their website

Room4rent

  • Minimum stay of 2 months

  • 10 minute walk from WU campus

  • Apartments from € 870 per month

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  • All apartments include a loggia, a terrace, or a balcony

  • € 90 processing fee
    € 2000 deposit

  • Dishes, towels and bed sheets not included (bed sheets and kitchen packages may be booked at additional charge)

  • Check out their website