Cost of study & Living in Switzerland

Switzerland is one of the best countries to live with high standards of living and natural beauty. The higher education system in the country is also renowned world over for top standards in education and research. Hotel and Hospitality Management is one of the most sought-after areas of studies in Switzerland, with the country being a major centre of tourism in Europe.

Compared to many other European countries, the cost of study in Switzerland is low as the education system here is mostly public funded. On an average, fees per year can range from 15,000 Swiss Francs to 40,000 Swiss Francs. In some universities, foreign students must pay additional fees.

Before coming to Switzerland, a student must prove his financial ability to support him/herself and pay for the studies.

Living cost in Switzerland

On an average, the accommodation, food, transportation, tuition and other expenses would cost around 1165 Swiss Francs to 1630 Swiss Francs for a student per month. But the living expenses vary depending on the places they live.

You should plan an average budget of around 1,000 and 1,400 EUR/month to pay for: housing, food, transportation, tuition, supplies and a few leisure activities. However, Geneva and Zurich are the most expensive cities that require a budget exceeding 1750 Swiss Francs per month.

The approximate living costs in major Swiss cities:

  • Geneva – 1865-1982 Swiss Francs per month
  • Zurich – 1400-2000 Swiss Francs per month
  • Bern – around 1280 Swiss Francs per month
  • Basel – 1050 to 1100 Swiss Francs per month


The cost of accommodation in Switzerland is high compared to other countries. The average rate for any housing option will be around 525 Swiss Francs to 583 Swiss Francs.

Choice of accommodation and costs

  • Student halls of residence: From 420 to 934 Swiss Francs
  • Rent/shared apartment: From 758 to 933 Swiss Francs


In Switzerland it will not be affordable for students to eat out frequently. So, most students depend on supermarkets for food and eat out only rarely. Each month, students will have to spend a minimum of around 210 to 233 Swiss Francs on food bills. After 5pm, most stores offer discounts up to 25–50 percent. There are also certain low-cost restaurants where you can have food for around 14 to 26 Swiss Francs. At university dining halls, the cost will be only around 8 to 9 Swiss Francs. Snack bars and restaurants in department stores also offer food at comparatively low cost.

Public transport

Students can make use of the monthly public transportation pass which can cost between 46-58 Swiss Francs. In major cities such as Zurich, Basel, Bern and Geneva, public transportation tickets are valid for trains, buses, trains and tramways. With a Swiss travel pass worth 396 Swiss Francs, which is valid for 15 days, you can travel to any city in Switzerland. But most of the students prefer to move around by foot while others use bicycles. Only 10 percent of the students depend on public transport.

Other expenses

  • Monthly health insurance: between 300 and 385 Swiss Francs
  • Books and supplies: 105 Swiss Francs per month

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