Living in Innsbruck

Innsbruck’s unique location in the heart of the Alps makes up an exceptional place to pursue a career in biomedical sciences.

Why Innsbruck?

The Medical University of Innsbruck is one of the largest facilities that connects basic- and clinical research in Austria. The range of studies covers human medicine and molecular medicine and offers access to state-of-the-art research and core facilities. In addition, the location in the ‚Heart of the Alps‘ offers an international flair and a wide range of outdoors activities with a high quality standard of living.

good to know

Moving to a new place can be difficult sometimes. To make sure you have a smooth start in Innsbruck, we’ve collected some useful information for you.

Founded in 1946, The Austrian National Union of Students‘ federal body of Representatives is the legal representative of all students to the competent ministries.

Especially the website of the Tyrolean ÖH representatives offers a lot of useful information for students in Innsbruck. Even though the webpage is available in German language only, in particular both the ÖH job portal and the ÖH accommodation portal are very useful tools if you are looking for a side job or a new apartement.

  • 122   fire brigade
  • 133   police
  • 144   medical ambulance
  • 112   European emergency hotline

    other important phone numbers can be found here.

If you are interested in learning German, you can apply for a course at the language center of the Leopold-Franzens-University (LFU) Innsbruck. The center offers different courses during the semester as well as blocked summer courses.

Also, there are some private institutions offering certified language courses in different levels:

For people working in Austria it’s mandatory to have a national health insurance which covers most of the costs for medical treatment, medication and hospital stays. Your employer will register you there automatically and you will receive an e-card which you have to bring to all your doctor’s appointments.

If you want to visit a doctor, you should call there to make an appointment first. Also, make sure that the doctor of your choice has a contract with your health insurance company, otherwise you will have to pay the amount by yourself (even though a part of it might be refunded by your health insurance company afterwards). Additionally, you can also take out private health insurance which covers more of the costs.

emergency services

In case of an emergency, you can also visit the University Clinic – State Hospital of Innsbruck, In ugent cases please call the emergency ambulance under the number 144 or the European emergency hotline under the number 112 (both without area code).

Also, please note that on weekends and on holidays there are always emegency services available for general health issues and also for dental emergency treatments.

Even though pharmacies are open accordingly to the regular shop opening hours, they also provide an emergengy service during the night hours and weekends.

Start now in your new, independent life in Innsbruck: There are the right housing options – on especially favorable terms:

List of Dormitory
Europaheim »
Technikerstraße 9 b, 6020 Innsbruck
Telefon: +43 (0)512 / 2226
Haus Karwendel »
Höttinger Au 84, 6020 Innsbruck
Telefon: +43 (0)512 / 2208-80
Haus Panorama »
Fürstenweg 174, 6020 Innsbruck
Telefon: +43 (0)512 / 220840
Heim Schützenstraße »
Schützenstraße 43, 6020 Innsbruck
Telefon: +43 (0)512 / 245544-101
Internationales Studentenhaus »
Rechengasse 7, 6020 Innsbruck
Telefon: +43 (0)512 / 501-0
Rössl in der Au »
Höttinger Au 34, 6020 Innsbruck
Telefon: +43 (0) 676 898448569
Studentenhaus Sillgraben »
Rennweg 34, 6020 Innsbruck
Telefon: +43 512 58 72 14
Südtiroler Studentenheim »
Viktor-Franz-Hess-Straße 4, 6020 Innsbruck
Telefon: +43 (0)512 / 291694
Diözese Innsbruck »
Santifallerstraße 3, 6020 Innsbruck
Telefon: +43 0512 / 22718-12

The Austrian opening hours are regulated by law. Shops are closed in the evening/night hours. Most of the grocery stores are open on working days from approx. Monday to Friday from 08:00 AM to 6:00 PM (or longer) and on Saturday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. However, on some days of theThe retail trade is closed on Sunday and on weekdays in the evening. Usually, only smaller stores have a lunch break.

Some bakeries and tourist shops are open on Sundays, too. Restaurants, museums and other services such as hairdressers have individual days of rest. Please inform yourself about the opening hours before your visit.

Innsbruck provides a large network of public transfer operated by the IVB (Innsbrucker Verkehrsbetriebe). To use bus or tram within the city area, you have to buy a ticket. You can purchase them directly from the driver, but it’s recommended to buy a day ticket/an eight-trip ticket in advance from the vending machines at the bus stops or in tobacco shops/kiosks, as they are cheaper.

The IVB offers different tariff models and discounted semester tickets for students, so it’s worthwile to compare the prices.

If you live outside the city center, you might need another ticket which also covers the surrounding communities. The Verkehrsverbund Tirol (VVT) provides tickets for different regions (fare zones) in Tyrol and also an annual ticket for the whole Tyrol region.

Once you have arrived at your new living address in Innsbruck, you have to register at the resident’s registration office within three days at the town hall (“Stadtmagistrat”).

The detailed registration steps and a list of all required documents including the registration form can be found here. Please note that you can only register your residence once you have a valid rental contract for your apartment and the registration form signed by your landlord.