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By Staff Writer

Updated July 28, 2021 Updated July 28, 2021

Vienna for students

Vienna ranks 14th in this year's Best Student Cities ranking. The city is home to Austria's two highest-ranked universities, the University of Vienna (joint 151st in the world) and the Vienna University of Technology (joint 180th). It also offers some of the lowest tuition fees around for international students, earning it a top 30 score for affordability.

Vienna earns its highest score in the desirability indicator, placing in 10th. It’s frequently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities. With its unique charm and grand architecture, it's easy to see why.

While its selection of universities is much smaller than cities such as London or Paris, Vienna is pretty hard to beat as a European city offering high quality of living combined with cultural activity and affordable tuition fees.

Would Vienna get your vote? Tell us why.

Best universities in Vienna - QS Best Student Cities ranking: 14th

Rank University
=151 University of Vienna
=180 Vienna University of Technology

More about Vienna

As well as providing a fantastic study environment, Vienna is also an ideal European base for anyone looking to explore the wider continent, with Germany, Italy and eastern Europe just a short journey away. While Vienna has fallen in our rankings this year, it has improved its performance for affordability, helped by extremely low tuition fees.

Number of universities ranked by QS

2

Highest-ranked institution

University of Vienna (=151st in the world)

Population

1,930,000

Average international fees (at ranked unis)

US$900

Desirability rank

10th

Employer Activity rank

26th

Affordability rank

25th

Student View rank

17th

To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

Why study in Vienna?

It's affordable

Vienna ranks 26th globally for affordability, with low tuition fees and a cheap cost of living making it one of the cheapest cost of living in the world.

High quality of life

Students in Vienna enjoy a high quality of life, reflected in its top 20 score for desirability.

Beautiful architecture 

With Baroque buildings to contemporary architecture, Vienna blends the old with the new, helping to make the city beautiful. 

Good prospects for graduates

Vienna scores in the top 50 for employer activity and the city is a hub of many international organisations.

Cost of studying in Vienna

Vienna is one of the most affordable student cities in the world, with low tuition fees and a cheap cost of living in comparison to other European countries, such as the UK. The city earns an excellent score in the affordability indicator, ranking 26th.

This year, students can expect to pay around US$900 per year for tuition at Vienna's universities. According to Numbeo, students should save around £670 per month for general living expenses, plus an additional £760 for an apartment in the city centre.

Life & culture in Vienna

One of Europe's most historic capitals, Vienna is awash with cultural riches, from the theatres and concert halls that witnessed the earliest performances of masterpieces by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, to the Sigmund Freud Museum, and numerous galleries displaying the works of Viennese artists such as Gustave Klimt and Egon Schiele.

In the winter, Vienna’s main square, Rathausplatz, becomes a huge ice rink. It's Wiener Eistraum (or Ice World) is a must-see attraction. 

Careers in Vienna

Vienna continues to rank among the world's top 50 cities for employer activity, showing that graduate employees rate degrees from Vienna’s top universities very highly, which is excellent news for graduates. 

This article was originally published in November 2014 . It was last updated in July 2021

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