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Living in Vienna
Cost of Living
As well as being in the centre of Europe, Vienna is also
in the middle range in terms of prices.
Since joining the European Union, basic food costs have increased in line with those in the rest of the European Union. The products available in the Austrian federal capital originate from all over Europe.
Shopping in Vienna
Vienna is not a particularly cheap tourist destination in terms of Europe, however visitors do find it a great place to shop. There are many international brands to be found and also plenty of local shops selling specialised and traditional goods.
Eating Out in Vienna
Food and drink is available in all price categories. There are numerous inexpensive pubs serving good local and international dishes. Main meals cost on average between EUR 5-7. Beverages cost between EUR 1-3. Of course, you will also find upmarket restaurants in the higher price brackets (especially in the inner city). Here you have to budget for between EUR 11-18 for a main meal. A good bottle of wine costs upwards of EUR 10.
Supermarkets in Vienna
It goes without saying that food and drink is cheaper in supermarkets: a litre of wine costs as little as EUR 2.50, a can of beer from EUR 0.50, a loaf of bread approx. EUR 1.50 and a frozen pizza an average of EUR 2.50. The following are the customer websites of some Austrian supermarket chains: http://www.billa.at :: http://www.spar.at :: http://www.merkur.co.at :: http://www.hofer.at
Discounts in Vienna
Various cultural events, sports centres, shops and public
transport options offer student discounts.
Many language schools, too, have special deals with local services - it is always worth asking.
Rental Costs in Vienna
The norm here in Vienna is apartment living. There are obviously houses available, however they tend to be located towards the outskirts of the city. Rental costs are generally calculated from metre squarage with a general price per square metre assigned depending on the quality of the apartment and the distirct it is in.
Hotel / Apartment Costs in Vienna
Like any large city, Vienna has a plentiful number of accommodation options at all price levels. Apartments are the cheapest option and especially useful if you are planning a longer stay. Hotels range from the basic and inexpenisve to the luxurious and exorbitant. A 3* hotel in a central district can be found for between €50-80. A 4* Star property ranges in price from €90-120 and then 5* Hotels are without limit.