Residence | Living in Bern


Do I need a visa for my studies in Switzerland?

You are asked to check visa requirements with the Swiss Embassy in your country. Note that, if a visa is required, you have to apply for it 2 – 3 months in advance.

What are the costs of the studies in Climate Sciences?

The tuition and semester fees of the Univ. Bern are very low compared to international standards: Barely CHF 800 per semester.
Living costs in Bern are about 1600 CHF per month (room rentals 400 – 700 CHF, food costs approximately 500 CHF).
The registration fee is 100 CHF (105 CHF from abroad). In case of subsequent admission, the fee is counted towards the admission fee (also 100 CHF). Applicants from Switzerland receive a payment slip after registration, applicants from abroad a payment receipt with the registration. Master students who take courses at ETH Zurich can apply for the reimbursement of travel expenses (see FAQ).

What about student jobs?

Most of our students are able to work a few hours per week, primarily between the semesters. Typical salaries fo student jobs are approx. 20 - 30 CHF / h. Junior assistant jobs at the Univ. Bern are paid approx. 30 CHF / h. Working permits for EU / EFTA citizens are issued by the Canton of Bern administration; a limit of 15 working hours per week may apply.
Job portal Student Union Univ. Bern
Portal for (junior assistant) jobs at U Bern

Where can I get information about living in Bern and the University of Bern?

The University of Bern provides good information for incoming students about living and studying in Bern:

Information for prospective students
Browse the website of the University of Bern for prospective students.

Studying at the University of Bern brochure (english) (PDF, 2.5 MB)
Studying at the University of Bern brochure (german) (PDF, 2.5 MB)
Browse the brochure "Studying at the University of Bern" to get familiar with the University of Bern. Specific information for incoming students is provided by the Welcome Centre of the University of Bern.

Homepage of Bern tourism
Bern tourism has a lot of useful information about the everyday life in Bern.

How can I find accommodation in Bern?

The University of Bern provides ample information about living in Bern and finding accommodation:

General information about living in Bern, provided by the Welcome Center
List of accommodation offers mediated by the Welcome Center of the University of Bern
Links to student lodging associations and other operators
The student's organization of the University of Bern has an online database of available rooms for registered users (in German). Write them (in English) in case you need assistance. One option is 'Living for Help', where you help elderly people doing housework for an inexpensive rent.