In Austria it is compulsory to register with the municipal authorities (Meldeamt: Gemeindeamt, Magistratisches Bezirksamt) within three working days of entering the country. For this you need a registration form (Meldezettel, available from the registration offices or from the Internet), which must be completed by you and signed by your landlord / landlady (in youth hostels and hotels this registration is carried out by the management when you check in). A change of address also has to be reported to the registration office within 3 working days. Please do not forget to inform the registration office when you leave Austria.
Attention: Nationals of EU/EEA countries and Swiss nationals have to additionally apply for a confirmation of registration (Anmeldebescheinigung) if they stay in Austria for more than 3 months.
Health Insurance for Students
You need to make sure that you are properly insured during your stay. Students admitted to an Austrian university or UAS degree programme as regular degree programme students may take out comprehensive health insurance with one of the local public carriers (Österreichische Gebietskrankenkasse). This insurance is only available to Austrians and foreigners who have established legal residence in Austria (and fulfil several requirements regarding duration of studies, change of study programmes, income, and study programmes already completed). Forms to apply for this insurance coverage are available at the respective Gebietskrankenkasse branch offices and the Austrian Student Union (ÖH – Österreichische Hochschülerschaft).
Students from EU/EEA countries, who are in possession of valid health insurance in their home country, need the European Health Insurance Card. Alternatively, students can also take out private health insurance corresponding to the standard of the Austrian local public carriers.
Alternatively, you can also take out private health insurance covering all risks (e.g. via www.feelsafe.at or other insurance providers). The benefits of this insurance must “essentially” correspond to those of the national health insurance and not "considerably" differ from it. It is essential that the insurance does not have any waiting periods, cost caps or exclude certain risks. Moreover, the insurance must pay for medical treatment in Austria directly. To be recognized by the residence authorities as a "health insurance covering all risks" the relevant insurance company must provide an explicit written statement – in addition to the insurance policy – confirming that the insurance fulfils these requirements.
For further information click here or visit our database "Entry and Residence for Students and Researchers".