There is a large variety of options available in Vienna catering to every gusto and pocket: You will be easily able to find choices for a short stay (hotels, hostels, private accommodation) as well as long-term accommodation (student residences, shared flats, private apartments). Be prepared for prices varying substantially according to location (district) and season (peak vs. off).
Budget Accomodation in Vienna
Do Step Inn
Within short walking distance from Westbahnhofstation, the Do Step Inn is a good budget option. Rooms: single/double/triple with or without private bathroom, fully equipped guest kitchen (free); internet included (lobby); personal keys, no curfew.
where: 1150, Felberstraße 20 (U Westbahnhof)
tel: +43 1 9823314, email
Well known as independent backpacker hostel, Hostel Ruthensteiner is a nice place to stay. Close to Westbahnhof, you find a clean and friendly house with many amenities like laundromat, lockers and free WLAN. Check out the beautiful gardens!
where: 1150, Robert Hamerlingg. 24 (U Westbhf.)
tel: +43 1 8934202, email
The Pension Hargita is a nice little place in the central 7th district right off the shopping mile Mariahilfer Strasse, well connected to the city center. Clean and friendly rooms (partly with private facilities) with color tv, open 24hrs.
where: 1070, Andreasgasse 1 (U3 Zieglergasse)
tel: +43 1 5261928, email
Want to be right in the city center and still not shell out a fortune for your room? Then the three-star Hotel Post right off Schwedenplatz is your choice! Rooms: single/double/triple with and without private bathroom, sat-tv, tel, radio; open 24hrs.
where: 1010, Fleischmarkt 24 (U Schwedenplatz)
tel: +43 1 51583-0, email
Seasonal Hotels in Vienna
AllYouNeed Hotel Vienna
Within walking distance to the TU Wien and Karlsplatz, the AllYouNeed Hotel Vienna4 is a no-frills hotel complex (99 rooms) in the central 4th district. All rooms with private bathroom, sat tv and internet connection. Open Jul-Sep, 24hrs.
where: 1040, Schäffergasse 2 (near U Karlsplatz)
tel: +43 1 5876560, email
The Hotel Academia is a large complex of student residences in the central 8th district, opening up to visitors during summer holidays (jul to sep). Rooms: single/double/triple with private bathroom, tel, internet; incl. buffet breakfast. open 24hrs.
where: 1080, Pfeilgasse 3a (tram 46, bus 13A)
tel: +43 1 40176, email
Student Residences in Vienna
Due to the large number of students, Vienna offers a multitude of student accommodation in residences of different categories located all over the city. Refer to the ÖAD website for a complete listing (incl. location, prices and various other infos). The ÖAD Housing Office’s task is to administer and allocate places in student halls of residence and small flats for ÖAD grants, Erasmus students, visiting professors as well as for guest in Vienna and in the other federal provinces.
Private Accomodation in Vienna
A very popular form of housing among students is the shared flat, so called Wohngemeinschaft (WG). Probably a good option if you’d like to submerge into Austrian lifestyle (preferably with no other students of your country and mothers tongue please!). A few good resources on the web to retrieve infos on shared flats – as well as other apartment rental offers – are as follows:
the Austrian student union’s official job and housing page
probably the most popular magazine (printed edition as well!)
largest Austrian property portal (many estate agents though)
a large student Wohnbörse (room exchange)
German site (separate Vienna section) focused on shared flats
We would suggest you try to secure accommodation without using the service of an estate agent, as this will save you the commission (which usually is three monthly rents!)
Add’l Hint: As a rule of thumb, average rent of unfurnished apartments in Vienna will be around EUR 10 per square meter per month.