Especially when studying abroad, life isn't all university and work. If you’re looking for activities to spend your free time doing, Vienna has more than enough to offer. From theatre to cinema - many places even give students discounts.
At this point you've probably seen or heard of the big Viennese theatre-institutions. Burgtheater, Volkstheater, Staatsoper, etc. offer a wide range of plays - from classical to contemporary. If you’re less into Goethe and more into queer-feminist avantgarde theatre, the alternative stages are definitely worth your attention. Brut, Kosmos, Werk-X and Tanzquartier not only offer amazing plays (often also in English) but also great discounts for students! Check out their websites to find the detailed program!
If you haven’t discovered Poetry Slams for yourself then your time has officially come! Vienna is home to a vibrant slam-scene with many different events to discover. Whether you’re Poetry-Newbie or Slam-Connaisseur, series like Sinn & Seife at Café 7*Stern or Ein ganz normaler Poetry Slam will make you cry with laughter. Make sure to check FOMP and our Eventkalender to stay up-to-date with interesting slams!
If you’re looking for cheap furniture or cute decorations, flea markets are definitely the place to go. Whether it’s summer or winter, many flea markets open throughout the whole year. Every last saturday of the month, Design Lichblicke opens their storage halls - what you’ll find is midcentury and vintage furniture made in heaven. They even do deliveries, make sure to bring cash though. Another gem is Hallenflohmarkt METAMarkt. Lamps, Fashion and even Furniture - it all waits to be discovered by you!
You want to watch a movie but don't understand German? Fear not, there's many independent cinemas in town, that show movies in their original version. Votivkino is located right next to the Universität Wien main building - on the program you’ll find indie movies in many different languages next to some bigger productions. Haydn English Cinema and Artis International are located in 1070 and 1010. Both show current big movies and some smaller productions in English with subtitles.
Gartenbaukino, Burgkino, Top Kino and Schikaneder also show many movies in English. Browse through our Cinema-Guide to get an overview.
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