Vienna is organized into 23 districts, the first being the city center and the succeeding numbers lying farther and farther on the outskirts. The commute from Vienna to IIASA will take between 30 and 60 minutes (depending on your accommodation) as the institute is based in lower Austria (in a former imperial palace).

Housing options in Vienna

For an easy commute to IIASA we recommend you to look at housing options close to the Vienna Central Station (‘Wien Hauptbahnhof’): districts 3, 4, 5, 10, and 12.

Whether you prefer to live on your own or like to bring your family, please find a compiled list of recommended housing options in Vienna below.

Staying at a dorm

A number of dormitories can be found in Vienna (for example Student Residence Laaerbergstrasse, Student Residence Erdbergstrasse, Student Residence Gasometer, OEAD student housing, more options on HousingAustria, or Home4Students).

The rooms available there are usually fully furnished single rooms within a living community (2-4 tenants, shared bathroom, and kitchen).

The monthly rent for a single room varies between €400 and  €700, apartments a bit higher.

There is also a dorm in Mödling (city near IIASA): OEJAB Moedling

Please be in direct touch with dorms and housing websites to organize your stay. The sooner you book, the better. Especially dorm rooms are traditionally filling up very quickly.

Useful websites for other accommodation needs

Useful Facebook groups



Getting Around

Commuting by bike

Vienna and the surrounding area offer excellent cycling paths. You therefore maybe want to consider bringing your bike with you if it is your customary form of transportation. 

For those of you interested in biking to IIASA, you can buy relatively cheap, used bikes online.

Besides, there are many fleamarkets, both in Vienna and Mödling, where used bikes are sold for about 50-70 EUR.

Here is some more info about cycling in Vienna and the Vienna public city bikes rental system.

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How to get to IIASA

For directions on how to get to our institute please visit the following link.