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Study and Living Expenses in Romania

Romania has a multicultural social environment and welcomes many students from all around the world. Romania offers an excellent learning environment with many study opportunities and support services for international pupils. Studying and living in Romania is cheap and easy. To know about the study cost, living expense, student accommodation, travel, and healthcare services for students in Romania, read the post..

Student Accommodation 

Student in Romania can stay in student hostel, private apartment or shared room. The most inexpensive student accommodation in Romania is student hostel. Shared flat and private apartments are also available. 

Student hostel: This is the cheapest and the rent is about €50 per month with all bills inclusive. These contain all the basic amenities. 

Shared Apartments: These are shared by two or three people, thereby cutting down the housing costs. An apartment of 3 rooms fits two or three pupils, each having his room.  It may costs about €100 to 150  per month, inclusive of electricity, water etc. 

Private Apartments: Apartments in Romania are generally fully furnished, with all the necessary facilities. TV, refrigerator, gas stove, beds and couches are available in almost all the apartments. 
Cable TV with 24/7 Internet access is offered for 20$ or less a month. The price varies depending on the facilities. The apartment cost generally range between €100 300 per month.

Ways and Means to get accommodation in Romania:

To get a student room, you must contact the university administration. 

To get student flat, room or studio in a private student residence, you must make a request to the administration of each private student residence.

To get a private apartment in Romania, you should contact the real estate agencies. These agencies give complete information on private accommodation and get apartment in 1 week as per the student’s requirements. You may have to sign a contract with the agency in which you agree to pay a commission fee. 

Tuition Fees

University tuition fees in Romania for many of the study programmes vary from €2000 to 5000 per year. Pupils who require visa for Romania must pay the tuition fee in one installment before visa application for the first year and each year from the second year.  For pupils who do not require Romanian student visa can pay in one (one time in a year), two (per semester) or three (trimester) installments.

Minimum Tuition Fees in Romanian Institutions

 Field of Study  Undergraduate/Master (Euro/year)  Postgraduate, PhD and Doctorate (Euro/year)
 Romanian Language Course 1980-2700   1980-2700
 Technics, Agronomy, Science, Mathematics and Sports  2430-2700  2610-2900
 Architecture  3150-3500  3330-3700
 Social studies, Psychology, Economy  1980-2200  2160-2400
 Medicine, dentistry,pharmacy,veterinary medicine, etc.  3200-5000  3800-7000
 Music and arts  3780-4200  3960-4400
 Music interpretation and Theatre  6750-7500  6930-7700
 Film  8550-9500  8730-9700

Other fields of study tuition fees:

Veterinary medicine in English
  • For Bachelor degree programme: €4500  per year 
  • For Master: 5000 Euros/year 
  • For Doctorate and post doctorate: €6000 per year
Agriculture in French: 
  • Bachelor degree programme: €3000 per year
  • Master: 4000 Euros/year
  • Doctorate and post doctorate studies: €5000 per year
Tuition fees for medical specialisation (postgraduate) in Romania: vary between €3800 to 7000 annually depending on universities and specialisations for non EU, EEA and CH students. The EU, EEA and CH students are not required to pay any tuition fee for postgraduate studies or specialisation, but they must pass an entrance examination in order to gain admittance into the programme. 

Living Expenses

The cost of living for students in Romania is inexpensive as compared to other European countries. The living costs vary depending on the lifestyle of the student. However, with €300 to 500 per month, an international student can live very comfortably and easily in Romania.

You can expect to pay:
  • Student hostel: €650  per month (3 person/room!)
  • Private apartment: €150 – 300  per month
  • Food: €150 – 200
  • Medical insurance: € 10 per month (26 year or less students do not pay, it is covered in their tuition fee)
  • Internet: €15
  • Transport: €40
  • Taxi: approximately 0.32 Euro/km
  • Sandwich: €2

Transportation

Getting to Romania

By Air

Regular and charter flights of Romanian air carriers and the foreign airlines with offices in the country connect Romania and the world‘s major airports.

By Rail

International Express trains connect the main central European capitals with Bucharest, the Black Sea coast and other important cities. Romania is a member of the International Railway Tariff System RIT and Inter Rail.
Romania‘s national rail carrier- Bucharest, is the major hub of CFR (Căile Ferate Romane). The main central station is Gara de Nord (North Station), which connects Bucharest to every part of Romania as well as has international connections with Sofia, Vienna, Chişinau, Prague, Belgrade, Budapest,etc.

By Car

One can travel to Romania by car also. The main access routes to Romania are: 

Berlin, Warsaw, Budapest-Petea E 81;
Vienna, Prague, Budapest-Borş E 60 or Nădlac E 64 or Varsaud E 671; 
Trieste, BelgradeMoraviţa E 70 or Porţile de Fier E 70; 
Athens, Tirana, Sofia-Giurgiu E 85; 
Istanbul, SofiaVama Veche E 87; 
Moscow, Kiev, Chernovitz-Siret E 85

Driving in Romania is on the right side of the road and overtaking on the left. 

Getting Around in Romania

Travelling In and Around by Public Transportation

By Subway

In Romania, Bucharest is the only city that has a subway. There are 4 underground lines crossing the city: 
  • from north to south (M2-blue);
  • from east to west (M3-red); 
  • a circular route (M1-yellow), 
  • an exclusively northern route (M4-green)
You can get a magnetic metro card for either 2 rides or 10 rides. Subways work from 5 am to 11 pm. 
To know more about the timings, rates and stations, click here

Travelling In and Around by Buses, Trolley buses and Trams

Buses, trolley buses and trams run throughout the major cities of Romania from early morning until 11 pm. You can buy the tickets and magnetic cards from yellow painted kiosks with the logo RAT situated near the junction of the main streets or in bus stations. When you get on the bus, validate the ticket. 
To know about the schedules, rates and other related things, click here.

Getting Around by Taxis

Taxis are easily available in Romania. You can get the taxi near the street corners. All the taxis have meters, and their name, number and rate on the car door. Maxitaxis are shared taxi minibuses. 

Student Health Care

International students coming to study in Romania are entitled to get a medical insurance. To get the medical services from the university, you must possess a valid student card for the current year. Students can go for check up to a doctor provided by the university, in case of illness.

EU citizens can use the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in Romania. The card offers free access to state hospitals and treatment facilities, but doesn't include private doctors or hospitals

Working While Studying

International students in the Romania are permitted to work part-time.

Safety and Security

Romania is one of the safest countries in Europe. University campuses in Romania have their own community police officers on site providing safety patrol 24-hours a day and also provide advice to pupils on safety and security issues. All university grounds are lit up at night time and CCTV cameras are placed everywhere thereby ensuring safety at all times.

Emergency Number

Call 112 for any kind of emergency!
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