Cost of Living in Vienna

Summary about cost of living in Vienna:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 10.00 € 8.50-15.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 44.50 € 30.00-55.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.00 € 6.00-8.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.60 € 3.30-4.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.70 € 3.00-4.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.12 € 2.50-3.60
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.56 € 1.50-3.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.52 € 0.60-2.50
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.87 € 3.22-4.54
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.60 € 0.91-1.81
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.66 € 0.39-1.13
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.96 € 2.00-3.83
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.83 € 3.63-7.03
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4.62 € 3.62-5.90
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.05 € 3.63-9.07
Apples (1 lb) 0.99 € 0.68-1.36
Banana (1 lb) 0.86 € 0.64-1.13
Oranges (1 lb) 0.97 € 0.77-1.22
Tomato (1 lb) 1.05 € 0.73-1.36
Potato (1 lb) 0.74 € 0.45-0.91
Onion (1 lb) 0.59 € 0.41-0.91
Lettuce (1 head) 1.01 € 0.80-1.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.57 € 0.30-1.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 5.25 € 4.00-8.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.92 € 0.70-1.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.42 € 1.00-2.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 5.00 € 4.99-5.50
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.20 € 2.20-2.40
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 34.00 € 30.42-50.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 € 3.40-4.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.51 € 1.77-3.22
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 27.80 € 27.00-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.51 € 4.16-4.92
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,000.00 € 16,000.00-24,918.38
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 18,522.73 € 16,000.00-24,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 172.44 € 94.44-276.25
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.07 € 0.04-0.14
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 25.94 € 20.00-31.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 27.08 € 20.00-50.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 18.12 € 15.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.00 € 8.90-12.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 201.07 € 135.00-300.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 15,500.00 € 5,000.00-20,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 84.61 € 50.00-100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 34.20 € 20.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 84.62 € 60.00-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 115.17 € 70.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 783.81 € 550.00-1,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 563.06 € 400.00-700.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,692.59 € 1,300.00-2,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,099.04 € 900.00-1,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 602.90 € 418.06-929.02
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 336.14 € 253.62-464.51
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,862.94 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.23 1.70-3.00

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Last update: February 2018
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56 Comments so far

#the forever foreigner on Dec 16, 2017 :
I know this is a website regarding price of living, but for those thinking of moving to Vienna permanently
I would say the biggest problem I've had in Vienna is the people not the prices.

They are polite enough but they're not welcoming or friendly.
I'm a white European who has been here over 6 years now and I speak pretty good German so I could easily pass for a local accept for my accent, I hang out with Austrians, work with Austrians, drink with Austrians and even sleep with Austrians, yet I have no Austrian friends. All my friends are foreigners. Foreigners who have also lived here for many years, most of whom speak fluent German and have the same issues with the locals as I do.

After trying really hard to get in with the locals for about 3 years, joining groups and inviting myself to parties and events, I eventually gave up and accepted reality.
If you are a foreigner here, you will always be a foreigner, which is a weird feeling if Austria is your home.
#Agg on Dec 13, 2017 :


Education is free - still reserve here 100€ a month for diff stuff.
Medical care is 'free' like - reserve here 100€ a month. Apartment rent = 1000€. Utilities 200€ a month. Transportation costs - 100€ a month (for all 4 of you, if you get the 365 pass).
Left for food and clothing 700€.

I see as okay (rarely eating in restaurants of course, and not aiming for LuisVuiton and PRADA :) )
#Anonymous on Dec 07, 2017 :
Vienna is too expensive for a family, unless you earn 3000 EUR net per month
#pld on Nov 27, 2017 :
Please advice if 3300 eur gross salary is acceptable for a family with 2 children(15 and 10 years) for a medium life in Vienna. Husband has no job in Vienna yet but we hope to get one for him.
#DeJaVu on Nov 24, 2017 :
Relocating to Vienna, family with 2children.
I understood the reasonable priced flats are very hard to find. But what if a am ready to pay more but just to find a place for my family within 1month? What is that rental amount which can almost guarantee me finding a 2-3 room flat within 1month?
#JR on Nov 24, 2017 :
@RandomGuy - where did you find private ads for housing? Same standard websites full of agencies' ads?
#Random Guy on Nov 22, 2017 :
Be warned!

It took me 4 months to find a decent place. Apparently the main reason for this is AirBNB,
and the recent migrant crisis. A private landlord I spoke to who had a few apartments said all of them were rented out by government tenants - meaning they were used for "refugee" housing.

And these days less than 10% of the properties are rented privately.
Which means you can expect to pay an agent 2000-3000 euros provision, for simply placing the ad. which is a complete scam.
( you do not get any of this money back, it's not a deposit )
I refused to pay provision, so it took me much longer.

And as somebody else mentioned in the comments, a lot of the private places have curious problems.
Here are just a few select examples I saw while flat hunting:
One I went to see had no lights at all, which they let us view at night time, so we all had to walk around like miners with our cell phone lights trying to inspect the place. Another place I saw was sub street level with bare concrete floors and no heating.
A couple were renovated attic apartments, which means you are basically living in a roof, freezing to death in winter and roasting to death in summer, also the angles of the roof mean that you can't put furniture against the wall, and if you are 6ft or taller, you'll spend half your life crouching over. Using the kitchen counter was physically impossible for me.
Another place had a kitchenette in the entrance of the apartment, fabricated from cheap unfinshed wood, the bedroom directly opposite the entrance had double doors, but only one could open because the other was blocked by the shitty kitchenette.
Another apartment had a toilet/shower about the size of barbie's broom closet, connected to the kitchen, you would basically sit on the loo to take a shower, and god help you if you need to take a dump while somebody is cooking.
And lastly there was a place that had a shower in the kitchen.... no walls, no separator, just a shower in the corner of the kitchen.
The thing is, people are so desperate, even these places are taken on the first day.

After tax I'm getting around 2000 euro, the cost of my flat ( rent, elec, heating, internet ) is over 1k.
so, about 50% of my wages go straight to my housing.
Just a few years ago I was only spending 1/4 to 1/3 of my salary on housing.
I like Vienna as a city, but I'm having a hard time finding reasons to stay.
#Anonymous on Nov 13, 2017 :
@Rebecca: taking 42k it is roughly 1650€ net per month (14 months payment).
If you are single you can find a good flat for 700€ per month. Water, gas and electricity 100€. Food is expensive, I would say 400€ per month. Transportation is around 40€ per month, so you are left with 400€ per month, and you still didnt buy cloth and other stuff.

Vienna has a terrible weather, sometimes we dont see the sun for WEEKS
#Anonymous on Nov 13, 2017 :
@Med: I leave close to Praterstern and many littering are from drunk young people.
#Rebecca on Nov 12, 2017 :
Hi, I was offered a position of Shop Manager in E-commerce for 30k to 42k per year gross. Do you think it's a fair paycheck for Vienna?
#Med on Nov 10, 2017 :
@Ed - 'poor weather' maybe for foreigners cominh from warm climate places.
Normal precipitation levels throughout the year; all four seasons are present and in the appropriate way (summer warm, winter snow, fall colors, spring flowers and birds).

As a discomfort for Vienna i would list the "too many foreigners" (many of these behave inappropriately, littering streets and parks as in their home country)
#Med on Nov 10, 2017 :
@Ed - exchange with someone like me :), after visiting half Europe and have of the rest of the world i wish i live in Vienna.
One of best MedicalCare in Europe, strong schools, healthy environment and low crime rate. What would i need more for my children?

Food cost is very cheap for a city like Vienna (comparing to other European capitals). Accommodation - high, but no exaggerated (again comparing to other European capitals). People - I've met many polited and educated ones, locals. If you're smart, you can get the empathy of the other person without issues.

I would move there at a lower net salary than what i have where i currently am (and here everything is cheaper than Vienna)
#Ed on Nov 08, 2017 :
I would advice anybody to avoid Vienna: Poor weather, cost of living increased a LOT, people are unfriendly, I have been here for 4 years and I try to move from here everyday.
#Rob on Oct 13, 2017 :
@Mike, EUR 4,000 per month -- either gross or net -- is more than enough for Vienna for a single guy. On that money you'll live better than a studentyou, worse than a millionaire, but you will likely be able to save up to EUR 1,000 per month.

@Hidi, for the names of oil companies in Vienna, please view the Vienna Yellow Pages.

@Teniir, your advice is pretty good, useful and appreciated.

In my experience, Vienna is not exactly the greatest place in the world -- unless you prefer the company of the many foreigners in the Vienna area. They're mostly Asians. You will see them everywhere. Keep in mind that Vienna is not a pleasant place -- unless you like hot and muggy summers, and freezing cold winters, the lack of parking and parking tickets, the traffic jams and bumper-to-bumper traffic, high prices, generally old and somewhat rundown) real estate. If you speak up in English, it's hard to get directions. You're pretty much on your own. All the signs are in German. If you approach pedestrians, they will avoid speaking to you. Under exceptional circumstances, a few of the locals will reply back to you in English. They seem to believe you're in Vienna. And, over there you're supposed to speak GERMAN, preferably the Austrian dialect. Additionally, if you're a single guy, Vienna is a very poor choice for you for meeting native Austrian women. They will walk by you, and ignore you completely.

I hope this helps.
#Mike on Sep 14, 2017 :
Is 4000 euro net salary a month is ok for living in vienna? I will live alone and will look for 1 bedroom apartment to rent near city center
#Anna on Jul 30, 2017 :

I will try to answer a few of your questions. Yes U-Bahn and other public transport is the cheapest and most convenient way to get around (unless you can walk or cycle). If you're under 26 you can get a Semesterticket, which lets you use all public transport for the length of one semester and costs very little compared to other tickets. If you're older or staying for a full year you could also get a Jahreskarte, which is a ticket for a full year that costs 365€ (when paid at once) and again lets you use all public transport as much as you want within the city, and they can be returned for a refund if you leave before your year is up.

12h per week is usually "Geringfuegigkeit", which is a limit set by the government of how much you can earn extra without losing any benefits, and it also won't give you health insurance or other social insurance. Currently it's 425,70€ per month, but be aware that that is definitely not enough to live on, and you will most likely have to pay for your own health insurance. If you work more than 12h your employer will pay for your health insurance.

When I was a student a few years ago I used to have around 900€ a month and was able to rent a small one bed flat and eat whatever I felt like, although I did not go out a lot or buy fancy things (think H&M clothes and supermarket food, and alcohol maybe once or twice a month). I would say I spent around 300€ a month on food, clothes, going out etc. I have no idea what dorms cost but I assume they will be much cheaper than renting a flat.

Hope this helps.
#sara on Jun 24, 2017 :
Hi. I will come over to your beautiful country for a master's degree at uni Wien. So how much will i pay for daily breakfast, lunch and dinner at the dorm? if i need to buy the foods how much should i pay for the raw material in a daily basis and how much should i pay from the dorm (wien 1030, or 1090) to the university Wien by U-Bahn? is the Bahn the cheapest option? i am not into convenience and luxury. i will have a low budget. how much will i be paid for 12 hours per week? please make replies with an estimation. I know myself that the questions are hard to answer
best regards
Viele Gruesse
#Anonymous on Apr 17, 2017 :
Hi Guys, you have to bear in mind that you get 14 salaries in Austria. Its mandatory by law
#m lash on Mar 09, 2017 :
@Vishal: I think this is not very true. I have to admit that I am quite well educated and so everybody! of my friends speaks English perfectly. It may be right that in some parts of the city there are many people not speaking English. But in general I guess you will have no problems.
And also like Bob wrote on Mar.25, 2016 a lot of things people are writing here are absolutely not true.
As there were also comments about racism. Concerning this I have to admit that lately due to the "refugee crisis" but especially due to populist, right politicians the whole country has been divided into those who want to help refugees and those who want to build up walls. Therefore I guess foreigners (esp. if coming from Syria or Afghanistan) might feel some kind of racism - but also mainly verbal...I do not really hear of physical attacks. And on the other hand they will also get a lot of help from other people. I e.g. know a number people giving free German language lessons to refugees.
I would also say that unfortunately this 'against-refugees-problem' is existing in nearly all European countries these days and not a typical Austrian problem.
Besides this, Vienna also in my opinion is one of the nicest, most beautiful cities, safe, clean, cultural and historically interesting - a place worth living.
#Vishal on Jan 31, 2017 :
Well my name is vishal and i m from india
I want to take information about cost of living of vienna and other info
I have no knowledge about German . I know english but i have read all comment which was written by tourists,foreigners,student and employee etc. moreover, when i read all comment i feel scared because i want to come in Vienna but some person wrote ,in vienna no one speak english.every person communicate in German language. So, tell me what is the matter behind this
Indian person will easily survive or not ????
#Tim on Oct 21, 2016 :
I live in Seattle area and I have the opportunity of moving to Vienna area with my wife and 2 kids. What would be a good income to live comfortably and possibly set some money a side? We are not big spenders, we eat out 2 times a month and we like to cook at home and just hang out in the weekends.
#Ivan Rudinac on Jul 31, 2016 :
I'd recommend a taxi vienna cab2 airport
#Baljit on Jun 22, 2016 :
Is 2200 EUR net per month Will it be sufficient for a husband wife and 1 year old kid
#kiks on Jun 09, 2016 :
i make 3400 gross 14 times, which is around 2200x12 plus 2x2700.

I pay rent 700 hundred including utilities, internet 26per month, travel often in cities around. manage to save 600-700 per month.

Work in Austria for about 4years never had a problem with not speaking german. I work in two companies where i was THE ONLY one who didnt speak german. So far havent had any problem.
#Omonkeldiyev Davron on Apr 23, 2016 :
I'm going to Vienna for the study. Pleace tel me your advices thank you a lot
#Mohammad Abdullah Shah on Apr 03, 2016 :
#Bob I am kind of relaxed by your comments. people presented austria as a very rude country. Mr. Bob i would like to ask one thing what would be the per month living expense for an international student living in Vienna living a sub average or below average life. Your comments will be high applreciated.
#Bob on Mar 25, 2016 :
Hi. I am a foreigner living and working in Vienna for 16 years now. contrary to some people saying that people here are not friendly and never smile, they are completely wrong. please don`t be misled by the information you get, and from the folks`s expression that you actually see once you get here. Austrians are great people, their culture and values. Vienna is rated internationally as number one city in the whole world for seven consecutive years, and Vienna would not be voted number one for nothing. For 16 years living here, i have never experienced not even once where i felt i was never welcomed. in fact, i am even employed by an Austrian where i am the only asian working in the company and i am completely welcomed. of course there are a few who do not want foreigners in their land but to think about it, it happens everywhere even in the poorest and richest places on earth.

about the cost of living in Vienna, i earn over two thousand Euro a month and i am renting a government owned apartment. as long as you dont live so luxuriously like a millionaire, with that salary, i can still save something.
#AshokKumar on Mar 02, 2016 :
Hi Guys,

I have a query here; please help me out with your answers
I have a job offer which would pay me 2200€ net per month in Vienna, I would be coming alone. So how much would it cost on average for an individual on monthly expenses including accommodation, food and travel in Vienna. How about renting an individual house with one bedroom.
Is it correct salary for Consultant for system administrator job in Vienna ?
Please explain Austria visa D detail,
Would this amount be enough, how much is enough to live with out any problem and with out any sacrifices?
Please post your answers soon. Thanks in advance

#Teniir on Mar 02, 2016 :
The worst city i have ever seen
Most of these people are racist & who ever goes there they think that you're gonna suck they're blood.
And also any one want to buy fruit in vienna you can go reumanplatz station and go to turkish bazaar and etsan supermarket its much cheaper to buy many things.
For your city transportation use weekly or monthly tickets.
Do not sign in fitinn gym . It will charge you for year incase if you don't use it still they will charge you. Use mcfit gym because you can signin for month.
Lidel and billa and penny is better for shopping.
Email me any question at for whom wants to stay for 6 month or less
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#Besmir on Feb 08, 2016 :
Hi! I'm from Kosovo,I have just accepted to study in university of Wien,but I don't have I job and plase to stay can anyone find mee a job,I'll be greatfull and very happy .I can do any job.I can speak english very good and german a little
#Hidi on Jan 15, 2016 :
Hello everyone.
I m from azerbaijaninan and i want to go austria because of my work. Can anyone say me the name of oil companies which is located here?

Thanks from now))
#Ahmed on Nov 16, 2015 :
should i accept an offer of 2200EUR per month? Will it be sufficient for a husband wife and 2 year old kid?
#balogun. on Nov 15, 2015 :
Well I really appreciate your effort on the few information,but still yet I need greener pasture,all dats baffles is language barrier,where can I quickly learn the austria language so dat I can quickly get a job there.because a year will be too much to wait without a job.
#Saeed on Oct 30, 2015 :
Hii me Saeed I want to move from Russia to Austria for study exchange program did is possible and what kind of thing required?
#Patrick on Oct 24, 2015 :
Hi, I'm an African and I'm planning on moving to any city in Austria to study in any public university. I would love to know The cost of a room for rent for a month and I would love to do odd jobs while im in school. Anyone with useful info can send me an email please thanks a lot.
#Monica on Oct 08, 2015 :
i will be working in Wallnerstraße, 1010 Wien area. Which international school is closer there and were would be the best place to live so that my 10 year old can go to school alone
and still get to work without so much hassle? many thank you for your help.
#patricia on Oct 08, 2015 :
i am relocating to vienna with a 3400euros salary with accomodation paid for. i have a 10 year old that speaks english and swedish. we would preferrably want her to go to an english school or international school. anyone with idea of where we can find one, and preferrably close to OSCE HQ? what are the prices for apartments near school or in between school and OSCE? thank you so much in advance for your contribution.
#Alex on Sep 16, 2015 :
Hi, I'm going to relocate to Vienna for Lead Software Engineer position, employer offers 60k gross. Is it fair remuneration? Will it be enough for a couple? What will be the level of life for the couple?
#Rajinder Pal on Sep 07, 2015 :
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#Nate on Jun 26, 2015 :
Will be renting apartment. Is it also possible to rent garage space for my tools? at what cost?
#mk on Feb 23, 2015 :
@Rasul Gudarzi:
Supporting a family of three with 2000 euros is definitely possible, although you won't live in luxury. Students generally live on around 700-1000 euros a month, while the median income is around 1300 per month. renting a 2-bedroom apartment in the centre should be around 1200 euros, so that leaves you 800 for other expenses per month.

living alone on 2200 is definitely very comfortable. rent for a 1-bedroom apartment including bills should be less than 1000 euros, so you have more than enough for other expenses. public transport ticket is 365€ for the whole year and you really don't need a car.
#Au on Jan 29, 2015 :
Hi i will come in Vienna next month on Red White Red card immigration i have to find job in 6 months In the beginning i may do odd jobs as well but i would do a job of my field which is engineering i am Asian. Can anyone please tell me what are the chances of odd jobs or low level jobs from the beginning.
Shall be thankful to you for this favour
#Laura on Jan 26, 2015 :
@Rasul Gudarzi....I saw your comment, I am new in Wien as well and I was wondering what do you get paid 2000/month for studying as I'm interested in a master's degree here.
At what university are u studying?
#Sekhar on Jan 13, 2015 :
Hi Guys,

I have a query here,please help me out with your answers

I have an job offer which would pay me 2200€ net per month in Vienna, I would be coming alone. So how much would it cost on average for an individual on monthly expenses including accommodation, food and travel in Vienna. How about renting an individual house with one bedroom.

Would this amount be enough, how much is enough to live with out any problem and with out any sacrifices?

Please post your answers soon. Thanks in advance

#Rasul Gudarzi on Dec 03, 2014 :
I'm wondering if you can help me out with these questions:
I want to study in Vienna with my wife and my doughter who has 2 years, how much does it cost living there per month?

The university has promised to pay me around 2000 euros per mounth with this money, can I live normally and without problem?

#TF on Nov 13, 2014 :
For the people considering a job in Vienna, don't. Look elsewhere ie. Graz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Linz. Vienna's prices are rising every two months due to greedy and incapable politicians. The crime rate is exponentially increasing. Every 5th person roaming the streets is of Turkish/Romanian/Ukrainian descent.There have been many reported sexual assaults on women in the past two years, and that number just gets bigger every year. Just last year, I was robbed at gunpoint by an Eastern European gang in a district that should be considered 'safe'. A couple of weeks ago, there was a shoot-out between two tschechien mafia families in a park. The media desperately tries to hide these facts but I feel that people have the right to know what really goes on in the city. I can assure you, that Vienna shouldn't be in the 'safest city' rankings and the reason why it still shows up in these lists is solely due to payed marketing.
#RK on Oct 15, 2014 :
I might get a job in Vienna too.. But I have a question.

What are you (they) mean by 14 x 5500....what do you mean by 13rd and 14th month.. I saw also in the clauclator as 13th and 14th month are high salary.. how do they count ?
#Ju on Sep 08, 2014 :
#A tourist on Aug 16, 2014 :
sorry you had such problems but i hardly ever meet people from/in vienna who do not speak english, friends from english speaking countries who wanted to learn german here had problems to learn german because everybody no matter where could and wanted to speak english with them
#Ju on Sep 08, 2014 :
#S.Dwane on Sep 05, 2014 : 5500 Euro in vienna
i'm guessing it's brutto which would make netto: 3.168,51 € (12x) 4.324,68 € (1x) and 4.598,77 € (1x)
on this site you can calculate your netto income:
this already includes health care for you and your family

living will cost about 800-1200 plus 150 for heating and warm water depending on where you want to live and how much space you will need -i'm guessing 3rooms (1living 2bedrooms)

you will still have about 2000 euros left per month plus 13th and 14th "month" which is quite good (with this income you'd be middle-class)

i'm not calculating a car, i don't have one, so i don't know how much that will cost(rather expensive usually flats do not have a garage!)
fortunatly in vienna public transport is excellent! a one year ticket costs 365 EUR per person

i've been living in vienna for mor than 10 years, i studied here and since 5 years i work here, my partner also works, we could live well enough with 1 income(each of our incomes are less than your would be income 2000&2500netto) but we don't have kids
#Vienna-Student on Sep 08, 2014 :

#S.Dwane on Sep 05, 2014 :
I received a job offer for around 77k (14x5500).

Is this enough to survive in Vienna with a wife and small child (2 years old)? My wife will not work (at least not from the beginning).



Hey Mr. S! I moved to Vienna just some 6 months ago, but I think I may be of help (being student living on tight budget, knowing all the prices, expenses and so on). I must admit I chuckled a bit at your question (no bad intention there)! I don't know where are you coming from, but with month salary of 5500€, you may as well "live like a king" here haha I don't know what kind of life you are used to, but let's say you could rent a very nice and spacy center-located flat, buy lots of quality food from supermarkets, get some nice clothes every month, pay the car insurance every month and so on. Unless you're used to very luxurious life, you should be more than fine!

On other side, if the 5500€ salary is brutto, which would leave you with about 3000€ (I guess) of netto salary per month, you could still live nice and without bigger worries, though not in middle of the centre (but you'd still be not so far away).

Even when the both partners are working, I dare to say they that in lot of the cases total income would be well under 5500€ (again, if we're talking about netto), and even if it was brutto, you'd still be in the group of people with quite average household income (not to mention you only have a one child, and a little one for that matter, so the expenses for he/she are not as big as they would be for a teenager).

Bottom line - you really shouldn't worry! Brutto or netto, your life should vary between good and very good.

I hope I was helpful! All the best to you and your family, N.
#S.Dwane on Sep 05, 2014 :
I received a job offer for around 77k (14x5500).

Is this enough to survive in Vienna with a wife and small child (2 years old)? My wife will not work (at least not from the beginning).

#A tourist on Aug 16, 2014 :
I have visited Vienna (as a tourist), it is a beautiful city, and I like to comment about the city and people. I hope people of Vienna also read this comment.
As many of travellers to Vienna say, transportations are accelerant in the city.
If you travel to Vienna, unlike many countries in Asia, you will find people in Vienna so serious, no smiles and no welcomes in supermarkets, and in shopping. No one seems to know English (or do not want to communicate in English). Every where, driving signs, food products in supermarkets, etc, all are in German language. If you need to ask questions in English language, you should only ask from foreigners who live there.
When you go around, it looks the Vienna people do not like foreigners or do not like tourists.

There are a lot of people from Turkey, Arabic countries (Egypt, Syria, ...), Rwanda, Bosnia, Croatia, Albania, Romanian, Pakistani, Iranian, Indian... are living in Vienna. Many of them are working mostly as own business.
#fancy B on Aug 14, 2014 :
Also they like cheap workers, even if you have Uni degree. Fluent German is a must even in English speaking companies as their internal chats are in German and they require you to speak fluent German which is a problem if you haven´t studied in German and you don´t know professional expressions. Takes about 2 years of hard work to reach that level.

Jobs that are easier to find are in Billa and such grocery stores. Segregaiton per nationality is common here. Even foreigners segragate foreigners although there are great foreign groups to hang out with.

Bureaucrecy is huuuuge, takes ages to have smth finalized. It´s the most bureaucratial country on the planet. Many papers are required and noone wants to speak english so you need to be well prepared. In smaller towns is easier but in Vienna is hard.

Headhunting companies are horrible and unprofessional, they´ll hardly ever find you a job. If they don´t match you with the first company they found, they´ll never contact you again for another job. You´re off their call list.

Even if you are most skilled person and they´ll never find one like you, that doesn´t mean you´ll get hired and do not be surprised when they offer you low salary, around 200 Gross, which is 1400 netto. Even if they have budget for it, they still want to pay less. On the other side, they are also afraid of people with quite experience. It´s suits them better if you are not that good. Sounds stupid but that´s that fact.
#fancy B on Aug 14, 2014 :
Room in shared apartments costs average 350 per month. There´s always additional payment for gas&electrisity after 6 months. Around same amount is needed for food per month. Dorm rooms are around 250 per month.

Transportation is really good, students younder than 30 yrs old have discount on ticket, usually yearly ticket for u-bahn, tram and bus is 365 Euro and is worth to have it. Trains are fast, never late, buses and trams as well. There are many connections.

I´d say for a student is around 1000 euro per month needed for all expences.

Job is extremly hard to find. It´s austrian tradition to find it thru aquentances and friends. It´s hard to find a job thru job postings although there are many (half of them expired but they are still rolling on the internet). If you apply regularly, you can get job earlierst within a year, usually takes 2 years to find it.
#sepehr on Aug 08, 2014 :
Hi I want a list of living in a month fore student living,Can you send me high and low level list Thanks!