Life in Salzburg

Blick von der Festung auf Salzburg, Sonnenuntergang | © Aki on Unsplash

Salzburg is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cultural cities in Austria, surrounded by an enchanting natural landscape. Not only annual cultural highlights on international top level, first of all the Salzburg Festival and the Mozart Week, can be experienced live here, but also the fascinating mountain worlds and lake landscapes of the Salzkammergut.

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Mirabellplatz 1
5020 Salzburg

Blick auf die Frohnburg, ein kleines gelbes Schloss in einer sonnigen Parkanlage. Kieswege, Bäume, ein kleiner Brunnen

Student Residences

The Verein der Freunde der Universität Mozarteum (Association of Friends of the Mozarteum University) offers a dormitory in Schloss Frohnburg on Hellbrunner Allee, a low-cost accommodation for students in beautiful surroundings. In addition, there are numerous other student dormitories in both Salzburg and Innsbruck, as well as private accommodation. 

All dormitories in Salzburg:

Some dormitories as examples:

Private accommodations:

For tips on finding accommodation, dealing with real estate agents, private landlords, deposits, rents, contracts and more, the ÖH is always available.

Residence regulations for international students

Detailed information for all countries of origin and studies can be found on the OeAD homepage or at the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior. Registration certificate for students from EU/EEA countries or from Switzerland who stay in Austria for more than three months need a registration certificate in addition to the registration form. For this purpose, students have to prove the following:

  • admission to a recognised educational institution (confirmation of study)
  • comprehensive health insurance cover (e.g. European Health Insurance Card, insurance policy)
  • sufficient means of subsistence (declaration of financial means such as Erasmus scholarship, financing by parents, etc.).

This certificate costs 15 euros once and is permanently valid. If you cannot provide this proof, you will be fined 250 euros in the event of a police check. The Salzburg Office for Public Order is responsible for this registration. When applying, in addition to the fully completed form, a valid passport or identity card and the registration form must be brought along.

There are different types of accounts, e.g. student accounts and salary accounts. Different conditions apply to these accounts.
To open an account, one needs an identity card or a passport, for student accounts also the student ID. 

Make sure that your foreign health insurance is also valid in Austria. If not, you will definitely have to take out health insurance in Austria. We recommend taking out Austrian health insurance even if your foreign health insurance is valid in Austria, and this is because the bureaucracy is greatly simplified.

For foreign students from countries of the European Union it is sufficient to bring a European Health Insurance Card. If necessary, this must be handed in to the attending physician.
Guests from other countries with which a social security agreement exists can have their health insurance company in their home country issue a care certificate. With this care certificate, you can pick up an Austrian health insurance certificate from the Salzburg regional health insurance fund, which you then hand in to the attending physician.
In the case of private insurance, it is important to check carefully whether it also covers services in Austria. The Austrian Health Insurance Fund offers the possibility of health insurance ("Student Self-Insurance" and "Voluntary Self-Insurance"). If you are interested, please contact the health insurance company directly:
Address: Engelbert-Weiß-Weg 10
Phone: +43 (0) 50766 17

122 Fire Department
133 Police
144 Rescue
141 Physician on-call service (Saturday, Sunday and holidays only)

There are several restaurants and buffets at the Mensa on the university campus in Salzburg. Here, products are mainly sourced from local suppliers and processed further. In addition to the Mensa in the main building (Mirabellplatz 1), you can also use the other locations.

Location overview and range of meals:

Information on the route network and timetable at:

Salzburger Verkehrsverbund Customer Center: Schallmooser Hauptstraße 10
Reduced-price advance tickets can be purchased at tobacconists and at Salzburg Transport Association ticket offices, as well as online.

There is no classic semester ticket. For students under 26 years, however, the "Klimaticket Salzburg Student" is available for purchase. 

Students may use the services of the University Sports Institute (USI) at the student rate. The USI offers a wide range of sports for students, university employees and external persons. Timely registration is required for all courses. The current offer as well as further information can be found here .

You can also use the UFZ (USI Fitness Center), where special rates apply. 

List of other sports facilities:

Swimming pools:
Outdoor pool Leopoldskron, Leopoldskronerstraße 50
Outdoor pool Volksgarten, Hermann-Bahr-Promenade 2
Outdoor swimming pool Alpenstraße
Paracelsus indoor swimming pool, Auerspergstraße 2

Tennis courts:
Salzburg Tennis Club, Ignaz-Rieder-Kai 3
Salzburg Tennis Club South, Berchtesgadener Straße 35
Tennis center Liefering, Unter der Leiten 11
Siezenheim Tennis Center, Foktorstrasse 49
Salzachsee Tennis Center, Theodorstrasse 50
Feller tennis hall, Paracelsusstrasse 30
TennisCamp Bergheim, Plainbachstraße 15, 5101 Bergheim

Salzburg South Tennis Club, Berchtesgadner straße 35
Squash, Plainbachstraße 15, 5101 Bergheim

Fitness trail:
Aigen Nature Park/1.4 km
Königswäldchen in Leopoldskron/900 m
Gaisberg circular trail/5 km
Salzachsee/1.6 km

Miniature golf:
Leopoldskron, Firmianstraße

Ice skating:
Salzburg Municipal Artificial Ice Rink, Volksgarten, open from October to March

Gaisberg, Untersberg and nearby winter sports resorts: Ebenau, Krispl-Gaißau, Faistenau, Fuschl, Koppl, Hof, Adnet, Hintersee

Cross-country skiing:
Hellbrunn cross-country trail/3 km
Cross-country trail Gaisberg - Rauchenbühlerhütte/2 km
Cross-country ski trail Salzachsee/3 km

free exercise courses from June to September in various city parks (" Bewegt im Park ")

in some parks and along the Salzach River are Calisthenics Parks  to be found, which can be used freely  

Austrian American Society
Rosa Hoffmann Straße 33,
Tel. +43 (0) 662 43 95 01

Austrian German Cultural Society
Akademiestraße 24,
Tel. +43 (0) 662 8044 4400

Center for Jewish Cultural History
Universitätsplatz 1,
Tel. +43 (0) 662 8044 2961

Italian Austrian Cultural Association Dante Alighieri
Strubergasse 18,
Tel. +43 (0) 662 87 35 41,

Afro Asian Institute
Wiener-Philharmoniker-Gasse 2,
Tel. +43 (0) 662 841413 11,