Life in Vienna: Practical Information

Student Life in Vienna: Practical Info

Living Costs in Vienna

From accommodation to cinema tickets check the following link for more information on estimation of living costs during your studies in Vienna:

Vienna on a budget

For a list with plenty of recommendations on where to eat and do your groceries for lower prices click here.

Public Transportation in Vienna

Vienna’s well-developed public transport network of buses, trains, trams and underground lines can take you almost anywhere in the city. For information about Vienna City services, use Wiener Linien. Throughout the academic year various student (semester) tickets are available; check here for more details. The semester ticket is available to students up to 27 years old. For the rest the year card of Wiener Linien is an option. There you can pay with monthly payments. Check more here.

You can also rent bicycles all across Vienna. Renting bikes for the first hour is free, but previous registration is necessary and it costs €1. You can find all the details on Wien Mobil bikes on  Wien’s website.

Bear in mind that the Q51 campus has very limited parking places for cars.

For parking garages in Vienna check the following link:

Postal Services in Vienna

For sending packages we recommend checking prices of the national post services or DHL to find the best option for your needs. For the Austrian postal services you can find more information on their website.

The nearest post office is only 1-minute walk from CEU’s campus on the following address:

Post Filiale 1610, Quellenstraße 59, 1100 Wien; open: Mon-Fri, 8-18. (map)

To find the nearest branch click here.

Medical Care

An on-campus Medical Center is in operation for the CEU community with two doctors (general practitioners, including occupational health care provider). They offer regular medical consultations, examinations, treatments, prescribe medication, and further referrals to specialists provided that the person has a valid Austrian State or private CEU health insurance in Austria. 

For details check the following link:

Dental Care 

For dental care check this website:

For emergency dental care you can use the following Dental Ambulance:

Notdienst der Universitätszahnklinik Wien
Sensengasse 2a, 1090 Wien
Telephone: +43 1 40070
Open: Saturdays, Sundays, Public Holidays: 8:00 – 13:00 

Pharmacy Nearby 

You can find two pharmacies nearby CEU’s campus:

Quellen-Apotheke, Quellenstraße 45, 1100 Wien, Austria; Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-12pm  - map
Waldapotheke, Quellenstraße 91, 1100 Wien, Austria; Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-12pm  - map

Exchange Office

For (physical) exchange offices we recommend the following two:

The Change Group Neuer Markt 2, 1010 Wien, Austria +43 1 9610666  - map
Interchange Austria Stephansplatz 9, 1010 Wien, Austria +43 1 5339622  - map


Sport Activities

Cycling in Vienna

Vienna has 1400km of cycle paths that are used intensively and it is described as the best way to explore the city. You can find various bike tours from mountain biking to guided tours. For more check the following link:

Running in Vienna

If you want to go for a jog or prepare for a half-marathon you can do all of that on Vienna’s various running routes. For an extended list of running trails check the link:

You can also attend Vienna’s biggest annual marathon event Vienna City Marathon. For details click here.

Hiking in Vienna

Green Prater, Bisamberg and Rundumadum Hiking Trail are among the many hiking trails in and around Vienna. For details on these trails and more visit:

Swimming in Vienna
If you want to do some swimming sport, check one of the public swimming pools here

We asked our students to share their favorite restaurants and cafes in Vienna. You can find the list below and see what they had to say for their go-to places in the city:

Estratto Vienna Café:

First things first, the place where you will most likely spend half your time with your friends - the campus café on the ground floor of Q51 is offering coffee and snacks.  

Setagaya Japanese Garden:

If you’re feeling like a little ‘stay-cation’ within Vienna, this garden is just a stone’s throw away without having to travel too far, it’s small, sure, but it feels like you’ve landed right in Japan! It’s so tranquil and during Autumn the garden comes to life with all the colors of the season. A short walk away from this restaurant you can check out Mayer an Pfarrplatz - Beethovenhaus, where Beethoven himself lived in 1817, now a restaurant, you can try some local food and wines and even Beethoven’s favorite coffee (which is quite nice actually!)

Wake Up Restaurant:

Make sure to get here before winter because it shuts down during the colder months. This restaurant is not just a restaurant. It’s situated right on the banks of the Alte-Donau and included in your brunch (try the fish bowl and maracuja caipirinha, they’re amaaaazing) you get front row tickets to watch the wakeboarding community of Vienna show off their flips and tricks on the river. After soaking in some sun here, take a walk along the Alte-Donau where you will find parks, piers, swans and a great bike track.

 A canteen is available for the community in the neighboring building, Buchengasse 11-15, accessible with your CEU card.


Cafe by day, bar/pub by night. The super comfortable recycled furniture and great coffee makes this place a great study spot during the day and come nightfall, WerkzeugH is a perfect spot to grab a beer (or few).

Café’s to study/brunch:

Burggasse 24:

Right next to their vintage clothing store, you can shop for some trendy in-season pieces and then chill at the café.

GOTA Coffee:

In-house coffee roasters and an in-house florist! The best of both worlds.