Compared with other university towns of a similar size, the cost of living in Würzburg is relatively low. How much you will need varies, of course, from person to person, but you should expect your basic costs to be at least € 700 per month.
In Germany, there are often special student reductions, for example for concert or theatre tickets and for museums. The Studentenwerk in Würzburg runs several refectories and cafeterias in different locations where students can have a reasonably-priced lunch, and in the central refectory in town, an evening meal as well.
Public transport in Würzburg is particularly cheap for students as they can use the trams and buses for a whole semester (in other words for six months) free of charge with the "semester ticket" which is included in the price of the contribution which every student has to pay to the Studentenwerk at the beginning of each semester. Instead of a ticket, students need only present their Würzburg University student ID and personal identity card or passport.
The nearest airport is Frankfurt/Main from which there is a direct high-speed IC/ICE train connection to Würzburg every hour (journey time approx. 60 minutes). Follow the signs to the long-distance station (Fernbahnhof) for IC/ICE connections in the airport. The train timetable is on the Internet at: www.airportcity-frankfurt.de
Würzburg is a large rail centre and can be easily reached from all directions. Train timetables and other information about trains and fares can be found under: www.bahn.de
Once you are in Würzburg, the various university buildings and the student halls of residence are easy to reach from the station by bus or by tram.
If you are coming to Würzburg by car, you can obtain maps of Würzburg and the surrounding area at
Students who have reserved a room from the Studentenwerk can normally collect their key from the caretaker of their hall of residence on Mondays to Thursdays between 7.30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and on Fridays between 7.30 a.m. and 1 p.m. except on public holidays. When you are planning your journey, please ensure that you will arrive in time to collect your key.
The public holidays in March and April are Good Friday and Easter Monday. If you are arriving for the winter semester, there is a public holiday on 3 October, German Unity Day.
If you are unable to arrive in time to pick up your key, or have to travel at the weekend or on a public holiday, you can stay in a dormitory in the youth hostel, Jugendgästehaus der Stadt Würzburg. Bring your Youth Hostels Association Card with you.
Address of the youth hostel in Würzburg:
Tel. 09 31/4 25 90
Fax 09 31/41 68 62
Leitung: Frau Jutta Summer
The tourist office Congress & Tourismus Zentrale will also help find accommodation in hotels and guest houses but here the prices are generally well above those of the youth hostel:
There are a number of older students, known as tutors, who would be happy to help you when you arrive in Würzburg. They will help you move into the hall of residence, give you assistance with the various bureaucratic hurdles and registration and generally make you feel at home here. When you receive your letter of admission you will be sent a list of names and addresses of these tutors so that you can get in touch with them before you leave home. You can also find this list online at:
You can also enlist the help of the staff at the International Students Office who are familiar with the problems facing international students. On the weekend before the beginning of the lecture period each semester there is a guided tour of the city and a welcome party for all the new foreign students in Würzburg.
The German classes are organised by the Language Centre (ZFS) on the Hubland campus. These classes are free of charge for ”Programmstudenten”. Intensive classes are held before the beginning of the semester. To be assigned to a class, you must take a language test on the first day of the intensive course. Please bring your letter of admission, which shows that you are a student on an exchange program, with you to this test.
However, if you wish to attend language classes held by the Language Centre during the semester, you should register in person at the Language Centre on the assigned registration day.
You will receive further information with your admission documents and on the internet at: