Your Guide to the Cost of Studying and Living in Switzerland 

Your Guide to the Cost of Studying and Living in Switzerland 

Posted at: 04 Mar 2021

Studying abroad might require spending in many various aspects, so it is always a good idea to get the general ideas of the living cost in Switzerland as part of your plan before departure. Nevertheless, varying from institution to institution. Therefore, it is always a good idea to consult the education agent. With this being said, if you are preparing to pursue your degree in Switzerland, here is the general idea of the financial cost for international students studying there.  

Tuition Fee 

The cost of tuition fee in Switzerland is relatively lower than in many European Countries. It varies based on institution, the level of study, and the type of major a student is pursuing. Generally speaking, you can expect the tuition fee to start from $35,000 per year at the university level. Tuition fee might not just cover the cost of studying in some cases. For instance, the four universities under the Swiss Education Group include the accommodation and meal within the tuition fees so that students do not have to spend extra expense in seeking for accommodation. Moreover, depending on the programs and the institution, partial scholarships are also available and can help many people to pursue their quality education overseas in Switzerland.  

Living Expense 

Though in some cases, accommodation cost is covered in the tuition fee. It is still useful to get to know about the cost of living in general including the accommodation, food, transportation and other day-to-day expense. Varying based on the canton, location and personal lifestyle, the cost of living would differ. Generally, it is safe to keep around $1,800 to $2,200 per month to cover the living expense in the cities in Switzerland.  

Accommodation costs  

The cost of accommodation varies depending on the type of housing a student chooses. Some universities such as those under the Swiss Education Group include the accommodation as part of the tuition fee; it also means that no extra cost is charged for the accommodation. Besides this, for other universities in general, the price range of one-bedroom in student accommodation is around $600 to $1,000 per month. If students cannot get a spot in the university housing service, students can also look for accommodation outside the university. You can expect the rental costs of the accommodation in the city center to be higher than those outside the city center.  A one-bedroom apartment would cost from $1,000 to $2,200 per month.   

Food, Telecommunication, Utilities, Transportation 

The price of foods in Switzerland varies from location and cuisine. For Cambodian students who are studying in Switzerland, for dining out, the price of the food per meal is around $15 to $45 dollars depending on the restaurant. If estimating the cost of the food in terms of eating in, it would cost around $85 to $112 per week. The estimation of the utility costs including the electricity and water is around $30 to $88 per month. In some cases, the utility expense is included in the accommodation costs of the on-campus residence. Depending on the student’s personal usage, the phone bill can be around $20 per month. For transportation, students can expect to cost around $60 to $100 per month.    

Other Essential Cost 

  • Visa: The student visa is known as the National Visa or Type D visa which allows students to stay longer term of more than 90 days.  
  • Health insurance: It is a good idea to have health insurance during studying abroad. 
  • Medical checkup: For students who plan to study in Switzerland, you might also be required to undergo a medical checkup.  
  • Air Ticket 

This essential package such as visa, health insurance, air ticket and more will no longer be a concern for the student who chooses the service with WEduAbroad offering full package service for student’s convenience. 

What Should You Get from the Article?  

Cambodian parents and students can get a general idea about the expected and estimation of the financial costs for students to pursue an education in Switzerland. The article includes the breakdown of the costs from tuition fee to accommodation, food, utilities, and other essential costs that are required to pay. Depending on the lifestyle, location and the majors the students are pursuing, the costs will vary. Therefore, it is always a good idea to consult with an education agent.   

Cambodian students and parents who have further inquiry can always contact us WEduAbroad, the local consultancy for study abroad for free consultations about studying in Switzerland at the 9th Floor, B-Ray Tower, Preah Norodom Blvd, Tonle Bassak Commune, Chamkamorn District, Phnom Penh (map here) or contact us via phone call (855) 17 548 354 or (855) 81 63 63 60. You can also visit our Facebook page at: to take a quick look at what we have been doing so far. We are always ready to help, and we wish you and your children all the best.

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