How much does it cost to live in Switzerland as a student?

Students’ monthly expenses (foods, cloths, leisures and etc.) except accommodation are almost the same in all cities of Switzerland. Although all swiss cities are expensive to live, Geneva and Zurich are even ranked among the top ten of the most expensive cities in the world!

  1. The cost of foods start from 200- 250 euro per months if you go shopping in discount (shops) supermarkets (Note that some products will be 30% cheaper after 17 o’clock) and cook at home. A lunch or dinner in restaurants start from 15 euro per person while the price of food in (university) canteen is way more less.
  2. Health insurance costs around 300 euro/month.
  3. Internet subscription for home is around 60 euro/month
  4. Leisure costs depends on the type of the activities. For instance the monthly fees of a sport gym is around 40 euro, cinema ticket is from 10 euro and the students can visit the museum with student card with just 7 euro.
  5. Public transport differs from city to city. In big cities like Zurich a monthly pass costs from 80 euro/month but in Fribourg (small city) you might not need a subscription and can walk from home to university.
  6. Accommodation: if you live in student residence (room) the rent would be between 500 to 800 euro/month but having a flat for yourself will be more than 100 euro/month unless you decide to live in small cities. You can also share an apartment with someone which can reduce the cots down to 400 euro/month.

Generally everybody should pay tuition fees in Switzerland. The fee is very different between various university and starts from 900 € up to some 16000euro per year. However, the PhD students are considered as employees and hired by the institutes (and get paid!). For details of salary of researcher in switzerland and other part of europe follow the link.

You can also find the study programs of Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Netherlands and Austria in our Website.

2 Replies to “How much does it cost to live in Switzerland as a student?”

    • Fastepo

      Yes, there are many student job options like teaching assistant in universities or lab assistants etc. available.

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