Once you have moved in, you MUST go to your local Meldeamt (local authority office) and complete an Anmeldung with your new address. Bring a passport ID with you. This puts you into the Austrian system and will generate you a ZMR number. You use this number for everyything, so it is very important to have if you want to open a bank account, get a sim card, or have health insurance. Once you leave your flat, you must go back and complete an Abmeldung to tell them you are leaving. There is a good Facebook group that advertises apartments etc called WGs, Mietwohnungen, Eigentumswohnungen, Zimmer in Wien that you should check out.
Accommodation in Vienna
Best areas to live in:
We’d recommend looking in the 7th and 8th districts for accommodation, they’re the coolest and most student-y areas. The 3rd district is especially good for ‘cheap, big and central’ places. We’d also recommend student accommodation as it means you can meet lots of new people from various countries. If it is possible then stay in halls associated with the university at which you are studying as it will be a good way to make friends. Also, don’t live on your own – living with other people is much better, and far more sociable.
- Rent in Vienna are surprisingly low and, with a little luck of your side, you can get a huge room in one of the more central districts for well under €500/month.
If you’re only in town for a short stay, AirBnb is probably the best option. If you are planning on hanging about more permanently then the site wg-gesucht.de is your friend! Vienna has no shortage of rooms going and, if you are canny, you might even find yourself turning some places down!
What our students have to say:
Accommodation in Salzburg
Like with most cities in Austria (and, to be fair, the German speaking world), most housing is organised through WG-Gesucht. Rents are a fair bit steeper in Salzburg compared to Vienna, simply because of a lack of housing. If you can drive then you might consider living in a smaller ‘Dorf’ outside town, or even over the border in Germany! This part of Austria is country living at its purest and loveliest, and there’s a strong argument for finding somewhere quiet in the mountains if you can work out how to sort your own transport.