Vienna: A city of students
Every year there are more than 300,000 students in Vienna. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that there is a particularly extensive range of courses on offer at the universities. Here, we would like to give you a brief overview of the universities in Vienna and the chance to learn about the neighbourhoods where they are located.
The Hauptuni in Vienna
The University of Vienna – or the Hauptuni (main university) as it is referred to by students – is not only one of the largest but also one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the whole of Europe. You can choose from more than 174 degree courses and, as such, there is nothing which you cannot learn here.
The main building is situated on the Ringstraße, the ring road that encircles the city’s first district, and the University Campus is close by in the adjoining 9th district. However, even if you are not a student but simply interested in the city, you should pay a visit to the Universitätsring: in addition to super student bars and cafés – such as the Jonas Reindl Café or the Café Stein – you will also find numerous attractions like the Vienna Town Hall, the Parliament, the Court Theatre and various museums nearby. As such, the main University is a perfect starting point for a day of sightseeing in Vienna.
Our tip: A visit to the large reading room in the University Library is a must! Hundreds of students meet here every day in order to study and do research. But take care that you don’t disturb the students in their concentrated efforts.
University of Vienna
Address: Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna
TU Vienna – in the heart of the capital
The Technical University, Vienna, also known as the TU, is Austria’s largest scientific-technical research and educational institution whose motto is: technology for people. And true to this motto, approx. 3,000 students graduate from this special institution of higher education.
The TU Vienna is centrally located in the centre of Vienna at Karlsplatz in the city’s 4th district. Close to the University you will discover many significant cultural treasures, such as the Church of St. Karl, the Vienna State Opera and the Museum Quarter. But those looking for culinary treasures near the TU Vienna will also not be disappointed. The restaurants and cafés at the Naschmarkt (the most famous and the most luxurious food and produce market in the city, dating back to the 16th century) or in Schleifmühlgasse are particularly popular with both students and tourists alike.
Technical University, Vienna
Address: Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Vienna
Vienna: internationally renowned in the field of medicine
The Medical University of Vienna is one of the top-level medical research institutions worldwide. The MedUni Vienna, as it is also called, currently offers around 8,000 students the opportunity to study and live in Vienna.
Living in Vienna is made a more enjoyable experience for medical students due to, among others, the central location of the University, in the middle of the 9th district. Nearby, there are numerous cafés, pubs and restaurants, such as the Edison or the Stiegl Ambulanz, on the Campus of the University of Vienna, a popular meeting place for all students.
Medical University of Vienna
Address: Spitalgasse 23, 1090 Vienna
The dream couple: Vienna and its art
The University of Applied Arts in Vienna is a university for art, architecture and design, which is rightly proud of its many famous graduates, such as the painters, Christian Ludwig Attersee and Gustav Klimt, or the author, Greg Lynn, to name but a few. Approximately 1,700 students currently attend this University and we can look forward to the artistic achievements that they will present to us in the future.
Whoever is now in the mood for some art should definitely pay a visit to the Museum for Applied Arts which is located directly next to the University. A further neighbour is the Stadtpark (literally, City Park) which is a popular meeting place for both the Viennese and visitors to the city, above all in summer. Take the time for a leisurely stroll and give yourself time to relax.
University of Applied Arts in Vienna
Address: Oskar-Kokoschka-Platz 2, 1010 Vienna
WU Wien and its amazing campus
The Vienna University of Economics and Business, abbreviated to WU Wien by the Viennese, is the largest university of business and economics in Europe. Here students are prepared for their highly responsible tasks in business and society. It has to be mentioned that this is possible on the impressive campus, which has won numerous awards due to its particular architecture. On the campus, in Vienna’s 2nd district, students as well as anyone visiting the area can indulge in some of the culinary delights on offer, go shopping in a supermarket, browse in a bookshop or train at the sports centre.
And what better place to celebrate passing exams than the neighbouring Prater (a large public area and park)? The Schweizerhaus (literally, Swiss House, a restaurant, rich in tradition, which is particularly popular due to its huge beer garden) as well as the Pratersauna (a night club) in particular can be recommended for students, local Viennese and also visitors to the city.
Vienna University of Economics and Business
Address: Welthandelsplatz 1, 1020 Vienna
BOKU: a university with a view to the future
The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, or simply BOKU (derived from its German name, Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, literally “Vienna University for Soil Culture”) has a long tradition in Austria, being founded in 1872. That, among others, renewable resources, the natural sciences and technology are still as important today as they once were is shown by the 11,300 students who currently attend this University. The BOKU also aims to provide support in current issues, for example climate change.
If you would like to form your own picture of this future-oriented University, then you will have to go to Vienna’s 18th district, Währing. The Türkenschanzpark, where you will discover the Meierei Diglas with its delicacies, is right next to the University. We recommend a visit to the University Observatory, Vienna for any visitor. Here, on the first Friday of the month, talks are held free of charge to everyone and afterwards you can have a look at the refracting telescope or visit the Astronomy Museum.
The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
Address: Gregor-Mendel-Straße 33, 1180 Vienna
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