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Overview: Living in Graz for Students

Do you want to study at TU Graz? Which entry requirements do you have to consider? Do you need accommodation? Which childcare possibilities are there? How can you best get from A to B? And what to do in your leisure time?

This TU Graz guide provides answers to these and many more questions, including practical hints about Austria and Graz in particular.

Furnicular to the Schlossberg, Graz. Photo source: Graz Tourismus - Harry Schiffer

What you Need to Know

  • Graz is Austria's second largest city
  • Population: around 280,000
  • Students: over 50,000 – of these, about 15,000 study at TU Graz
  • Total area: 127.5 km² (50 % of which is green space)
  • Altitude: 353 m
  • Climate: continental, i.e. cold winters with snow and temperatures as low as -15 °C and hot summers with temperatures up to +30 °C
  • 4 Universities, 2 Universities of Applied Sciences, 2 University Colleges of Teacher Education
  • Official Language: German
  • Currency: Euro (€, EUR), 1 € = 100 Cent
  • Time Zone:
    Central European Time Zone (CET), UTC + 1,
    and from the end of March to the end of October UTC + 2 (Central European Summer Time, CEST)
  • Power: Voltage of 230 V / 50 Hz (alternating current)
Shiwen SUN, PhD candidate at the Faculty of Technical Chemistry, Chemical and Process Engineering, Biotechnology, TU Graz. Photo source: Shiwen SUN
Shiwen SUN, PhD candidate at the Faculty of Technical Chemistry, Chemical and Process Engineering, Biotechnology; Fellow of EUROMBR – Marie Curie Initial Training Network Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Food Chemistry

The travel column from New York Times has its version of 36 Hours in Graz, and I have mine for all year round:
Spring is a great time to embrace nature: you can go for a hiking trip to the Schöckl mountain, or run alongside the river Mur.
Summer is the best time to take advantage of the city park, enjoy the sun and the green.
In autumn, Aufsteirern, the traditional festival to celebrate Styria, is definitely the must-see in Graz. Grab a glass of Sturm and enjoy live music and dance everywhere in the city.
When you see the Glühwein stand in the city, you know it is the winter time. Glühwein not only keeps you warm, but also connects you with your friends.

Jayasimha Bagalkote, Student at the Doctoral School "Electrical Engineering", TU Graz. Photo source: Jayasimha Bagalkote
Jayasimha Bagalkote, PhD student in Electrical Engineering

Graz is a pretty city with a cosy town feel! Having lived in big cities before, the easy pace of life in Graz is a very nice change. Convenient transport, possibility to bike around the city, and easy get-away to the green woods just 10-15 min away from the city centre makes this city special!
No matter in what mood one finds oneself in - to party, to walk around the lovely streets in the old town, to hike in the woods, to do sports or to visit cultural events, one can always find something interesting! Universalmuseum Joanneum with its cheap yearly card is a must for anyone interested in museums! Schlossberg, right in the city centre offers a great view and walk up in the greenery and the calm woods near Hilmteich and Botanical gardens. For a city of this size, it has surprisingly many vegetarian, vegan and vegetarian friendly restaurants! In simple words, Graz offers a great quality of life!

Entry and Residence Requirements

A stay abroad - no matter if it is short or long - needs to be well prepared! If you are planning a stay in Austria, you need to deal with entry and residence requirements well beforehand. Gather information and practical hints that will guide you through that process.
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The City of Graz is a very popular place of residence offering a huge variety of flats and houses. Accommodation services can help you find the appropriate accommodation. Here is an overview of the housing market in Graz.
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The Austrian Health System is one of the best in the world! Find out more about the Austrian Public Health Service, doctors, chemist’s and hospitals in Graz.
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Banks, Taxes and Insurances

IBAN, BIC, income tax returns, tax assessments, social insurance - Austrian regulations relating to payment transactions, taxation and insurance are complicated. Find out about payments, taxation of your income and social and health insurance.
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Family and Childcare

Graz is a wonderful place for families! As an especially family friendly city, Graz offers a whole host of childcare facilities, schools, leisure time activities, and lots more. Check out the Austrian educational system, financial support for families and childcare facilities in Graz.
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City of Graz

Graz is a charming city - fascinating and modern, yet steeped in history. Graz has a lot to discover - places of interest, restaurants and loads of shopping opportunities. Get a brief overview.
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Leisure Time

You won’t get bored in Graz! Find out more about the broad range of leisure activities in and around Graz for active and passive sports enthusiasts, lovers of art and culture, cinema freaks and families.
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Mobility and Transport

You’re totally flexible with the broad range of public transport services in Graz - no matter whether you like to walk, use public transport, your own car or bike. Find out how to best get from point A to point B in Graz.
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Traditions and Customs

Have you always wanted to know what makes a “typical” Austrian? Or what’s behind all those traditional Austrian things like Wiener Schnitzel, Viennese Waltz, Alpine skiing or wearing the national costume? Find out more about traditions, customs and various do’s and don’ts in Austria. But take these generalisations with a pinch of salt! Better see for yourself!
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Telecommunication and Internet

Connected to the world! Telephone, Internet, TV, radio - here’s all you need to know about various providers and their tariffs.
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Information and Advice

Welcome Center of TU Graz

TU Graz Welcome Center will help you with all questions relating to your stay at TU Graz if you are an international student and wish to carry out your entire study programme at TU Graz (“degree seeking”).

Checklist for international students

Phone: +43 316 873 4920

The International Office Team

If you come to Graz in the framework of a mobility programme and want to spend part of your study programme at TU Graz, the team of the International Office will be your central point of contact. Find the expert for your specific programme in the section mobility programmes.

Phone: +43 316 873 6418

TU Graz Student Union
(Hochschülerinnen- und Hochschülerschaft an der TU GrazHTU)

For all TU Graz students seeking information and advice on study-related questions, financial matters, grants, insurances, work, living, etc.

Further Information

Hochschülerinnen- und Hochschülerschaft an der TU Graz
Rechbauerstraße 12
8010 Graz
Phone: +43 316 873 5111

Registrar's Office (Studienservice)

Rechbauerstraße 12/I
8010 Graz

Information regarding the admission procedure and application of a study place