Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Hotels in Dubruvnick
  2. 2 First trip to Italy
  3. 3 Ireland & Scotland
  4. 4 Thello night train from Paris to Rome?
  5. 5 London's Must Sights!
  6. 6 Trip Report Ger's Trip to Rome & Bologna
  7. 7 10 days Ireland June 30-July 11th, 2017
  8. 8 Planning 20th anniversary 1st trip to Italy Feb 2017.
  9. 9 Poland & Ukraine Summer 2017
  10. 10 Croatia-Slovenia- 30 days Road trip itinerary-2017
  11. 11 Trip Report My trip to Cornwall, bookended by weekends in London
  12. 12 Thoughts on an unusual itinerary for Northern Spain please
  13. 13 Van Gogh Museum advice
  14. 14 Holiday trip with kids - suggestions please!
  15. 15 Copenhagen to Oslo to Amsterdam: Are we nuts?
  16. 16 Planning a self drive tour of the uk next april
  17. 17 Lake Garda, Where to stay
  18. 18 Chatsworth/Hardwick Hall Timing
  19. 19 4 days in switzerland
  20. 20 Vienna or Budapest?
  21. 21 Britain's contactless public transport revolution moves to Oxford
  22. 22 Swiss Pass dilemma
  23. 23 travelling to Munich and Paris without pre hotel booking
  24. 24 14 nights in Europe
  25. 25 French immersion courses in France
View next 25 » Back to the top

From tourist to local..need help budget dn where to go!

Jump to last reply

So I'm doing an exchange program through my school in Orlando Florida to Vienna Austria for 4 months.
The school has helped out a lot but I'm still pretty intimidated by it all, and have many questions that need answers so I hope you guys can help me!

heres the loose outline of my trip:

February 23rd leave Miami
Feb 24 to Amsterdam (picked up by my friend and go to Delft where she lives )
March 2nd plane to Vienna (check into dorm hall)
March 3rd - June 30ish classes (I'll know exact end on my first day of class) move out of dorm
June 30ish -July 21st ???
July 22nd leave Vienna

Okay so what I've already bought: flight ticket, passport, visa, insurance, dorm deposit, tuition.
What I know for sure I need to pay once I land(in euros):
rent: 242 a month
additional dorm fees: 110 one time
subway semester pass: 150 a semester
student organization fee: 22 one time
cell phone: 10 a month
books: 75-150 one time

Leaving me about 3,641 euros for leisure, food and entertainment for roughly 5 months. How reasonable is this?

My biggest concern is the extra three weeks, from what I've heard from other students is that they stayed a few weeks just crowd surfing through college friendsthat they had met throughout the semester. But now I'm not sure I'll have enough money to do that (or enough friends by that matter! lol).
How much would It run me if I decided to change the flight to maybe the 7 or 8 of July instead? :/

other concerns:

Should I get a credit card with chip-pin/signature (if so which do you recommend?) or can I get by with a regular mag strip credit card(I have Citibank or capital one available to use)?

I'll be opening an Austrian bank account with Erste bank? How do I go about switching from my American bank (Suntrust) to Erste? Will I be charge a lot for emptying my suntrust account to my new Erste account?

Can I use my European sim card on my tmobile smartphone? Should I even bother bringing my smartphone?

Any student discounts that I don't know about? any general money saving tips while I'm living there?

Thank you all in advance!
xo Lidia

33 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.