A paradise for body and soul.
LIVING IN UPPER AUSTRIA.
Living in the heart of Europe.
The favourable location in the foothills of the Alps and the numerous lakes offer a wide range of sports and leisure activities in summer as well as in winter. In addition to these and the numerous cultural activities, a great deal of value is placed on young people. Perfect infrastructure, affordable housing, childcare and educational facilities and a flourishing economy make Upper Austria a country worth living in.
Upper Austria also has a lot to offer culturally. Numerous state museums, the State Theater, the Brucknerhaus, the Ars Electronica Center, the annual Klangwolke, various festivals such as the Pflasterspektakel and the state exhibitions and state garden shows and trade fairs are just a few examples. Moreover Upper Austria has 31 cinemas with 84 cinema rooms.
Upper Austria is known for its home-style cuisine. Regional delicacies such as dumplings, roast pork and Pofesen are well-known and famous. The high-quality gastronomy also reflects this.
Impressions of Upper Austria
9 things you should know about Upper Austria.
Museums & festivals.
A dense network of large public museums, numerous regional exhibitions, themed exhibitions and monuments – most of which are run voluntarily – offersacomprehensive overview of the cultural heritage, current cultural projects, and future developments of our state. Cultural events in Upper Austria attract not only home-grown artists who are successful on an international level, but also artists and visitors from numerous countries around the world.
Tradition meets innovation.
A breath-taking mixture of moving history and future-oriented progress characterises the cultural state of Upper Austria. Historic highlights such as the “oldest salt mines in the world” in Hallstatt, stand hand in hand with the “Ars Electronica Centre” – the museum of the future – in Linz. In addition to the diverse museum sector, historic cities and living traditions which are constantly interpreted in a contemporary manner, the contemporary art scene is very active–for example, in the “Lentos” gallery in Linz.
Research for the future.
The goal of the Upper Austrian research sector is to achieve a research quota of at least four per cent. In order to do this, research focuses are strengthened, and new areas are opened up for future development. In the past few years, R&D has focussed on the areas of mechatronics, information and communication technology, tools and lightweight construction, medicine & life sciences, logistics and renewable energies.
Extraordinary natural landscape.
Upper Austria‘s environment and nature are characterised by a variety of species and habitats. The granite and gneiss highlands are separated by the Danube from the foothills of the Alps in the north, and from the Kalkalpen mountains in the south. Upper Austria‘s abundance of water is evident in its numerous lakes and rivers.
Culture shapes Upper Austria’s identity. On this basis, the creative economy is a booming economic area in Upper Austria. It covers a number of industries including publishing, film, architecture, design, and artistic-cultural services. Around 19 per cent of all Austria’s creative output comes from Upper Austria, where approximately 6,000 businesses are based. Not only are they gaining ever-increasing social significance, they are also in a growing industry, which in turn creates cultural impulses
Enjoy a top-class culinary location with a clear conscience. The “Genussland Oberösterreich” initiative aims to make diners aware of the excellent quality of Upper Austrian food. Genussland Oberösterreich connects agriculture, manufacturing companies, tourism in Upper Austria, gastronomy, tourist accommodation and the food trade in a single network, providing mutual benefits for all. Synergies increase the added value, and improve the culinary location.
We love our traditions.
In Upper Austria, there is an active and vibrant folk culture. You can see that by looking at the various types of farms, with their old, colourfully-painted amenities, chapels, wayside shrines, and crosses. Brass bands, regional music groups wearing traditional dress, folk music groups, folk dance groups, amateur theatre groups and choirs exemplify the diversity of the living traditions of Upper Austria.
Music at its best.
The Bruckner Orchestra Linz is not only the company orchestra of the State Theatre, but is an internationally renowned and sought-after orchestra. As with the most famous concert hall in Linz, the Brucknerhaus, it is named after the state’s “musical patron”, Anton Bruckner (1824–1896). In 2013 Upper Austria unveiled a new cultural landmark: the Musiktheater am Volksgarten – possibly the most modern opera house in Europe.
Do what you love.
Being active (hiking, cycling, mountaineering, horse riding, swimming/bathing, sailing, playing golf, skiing and other winter sports), relaxation (health, wellness), dining, culture, and nature are all towards the top of the list – no matter what you want to do, in Upper Austria you can do it.
Our University cities in Upper Austria
Linz is the capital of Upper Austria and the third largest city of the Republic of Austria with approx. 200,000 inhabitants. Linz is the seat of the Provincial Parliament and the Upper Provincial Government and one of the strongest economic regions in Europe. The cultural, leisure and sports facilities are just as diverse as the city’s wealth of innovation and ideas.
Steyr is a statutory town with its own district of approx. 40,000 inhabitants. It has a long tradition as a school town and hosts numerous training facilities. The historic romantic town between the rivers Enns and Steyr is an ideal residential and living space. Steyr is also a centre for the automotive supply industry. The historic city on the waterfront offers students many advantages such as the best infrastructure, art and culture, numerous shopping facilities and excellent gastronomy.
With almost 60,000 inhabitants, Wels is the second largest city in Upper Austria after the provincial capital Linz. Wels is at the same time the municipality and district as well as the administrative seat of the district of Wels-Land. Today Wels has gained its economic importance as a trade fair and industrial location as well as a traffic junction.
The market town Hagenberg lies approx. 25 km northeast of Linz in the district Freistadt and has about 3,000 inhabitants. Hagenberg is considered an „IT stronghold“: over 60 companies and 12 IT-related research institutions are located in the Softwarepark Hagenberg. It combines business, research and education in the thematic area of „software“. Hagenberg has very good motorway and bus connections, the train station is located near the campus of the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences.
If you stay for a longer time in Austria, you should check out the different ticket options you
have for the public transportation system:
Public transportation Linz
The “LINZ AG LINIEN” has different ticket offers. In addition to the classic MINI, MIDI, MAXI
and MEGA (annual) tickets, weekly and monthly tickets are available for your individual
mobility requirements. Children, pupils, students, trainees, employed persons, senior citizens
as well as owners of an Active Pass can get low-price tickets based on socially adjusted
fares and special discounts. MEGA tickets (annual network ticket) are available as
transferable tickets for adults, senior citizens and students. There is a Job Ticket available for
people commuting to and from their workplaces. For more information on individual products,
please click on “Ticket overview“.
Public transportation Wels
„Linie Wels“ offers different tickets for the public transportation in Wels. For more information
on inidividual products, please click on „Ticket overview“.
Public transportation Steyr
„Stadtbetriebe Steyr GmbH“ has also a range on different options for public transportation
tickets. For more information on individual products, please click on „Ticket overview“.
Public transportation Upper Austria
An advantage of the OÖVV, which is the public transportation company for Upper Austria, is
the free choice of public transport and free alteration between the OÖVV transportation
companies along the selected route. Please consider the special arrangements in the central
zone (Linz, Wels, Steyr). For more information on individual products, please click on „Ticket
Austrian Railway Companies
In order to get from the airports to the cities Linz, Wels or Steyr you need to take a train
(except from airport Linz to Linz city centre). You can chose between two railway companies
• OEBB (http://www.oebb.at/) – if you book online in advance, check out the „SparSchiene“ tickets,
which offer tickets for cheap prices.
• WESTBAHN (https://westbahn.at/)– this railway only operates between the cities Salzburg, Linz and Vienna.
If you don‘t have a special member card of the OEBB, it is cheaper to get the tickets from the „Westbahn“.
In any case, do compare the prices.
If you stay longer and would like to discover Austria by train, it is worth getting the OEBB
Vorteilscard. Anyone under 26 can get the OEBB „VORTEILScard <26“. It costs 19,90 Euros
and is valid for one year. A discount of up to 50% is granted for all ÖBB train tickets. To order
the card, you need a photo and your passport. You can request the card at a train station
You are required to have a valid health and accident insurance during your studies in Austria.
SELF-INSURANCE from your home country
• European health insurance card for nationals of EU/EEA countries and Switzerland
• provisional substitute
• insurance policies of various insurance companies, etc.
STUDENT SELF-INSURANCE in Upper Austria by the Upper Austrian Health Insurance Carrier
(Oberösterreichische Gebietskrankenkasse) Students can take out a student self-insurance with the Upper Austrian Health
1st floor, room no. 101
Gruberstraße 77, 4021 Linz
Phone: +43 05 7807-0
Visa / Embassy / Consulates
All students from foreign nationalities, who want to study or do a placement in Austria, need a valid travel document and, if required, an additional entry or residence permit. Please make sure that your travel document is valid for the whole duration of your stay. Here you can find detailed information about entry and residence permit provided by the OEAD and the Austrian ministry for foreign affairs.
Webpage: Austrian representative authorities abroad
Webpage: Authorities of other countries in Austria
Cost of living
The average costs of living in Austria are approx. 700 to 900 Euros per month.
• Accommodation 250 to 400 Euros
• Food: 300 Euros
• Extras: 150 to 200 Euros
In the cities the shops as a rule are open from
• Monday to Friday 9:00-18:00,
• on Saturdays 9:00-12:00, the main shops also till 17:00.
Some shops close for lunch (12:00-14:00).
Grocery shops often open before 8:00 and close at 18:30.
Every first Saturday of a month the shops in the cities are open until 17:00
In the big tourist centres some shops are also open on weekends.
Banks are usually open from Monday to Friday 8:00-12:30 and 13:30 to 15:00 (Thursdays till 17:00).
Most banks here in Austria offers a student account which is free of charge. Please ask at the banks for detailed information about these student accounts. Some of the most common banks are listed below:
• Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich
• Bank Austria
• Allgemeine Sparkasse Oberösterreich
Under the following link you can look up banks in Austria in general:
The following airports are suitable for your arrival to Upper Austria:
• Vienna International Airport (http://www.viennaairport.com)
• Blue Danube Airport Linz (http://www.linz-airport.at/)
• Airport Salzburg (http://www.salzburg-airport.com)
• Airport Munich in Germany (http://m.munich-airport.de)