Don’t think you can afford to study abroad? You might be surprised to find that in many cases, low tuition fees and living costs make countries such as Romania a cheaper option for students. Here’s a breakdown of costs for studying in Romania...
University tuition fees in Romania can be anything from €600 to €5000 per year, with Medicine and Engineering courses usually falling towards the upper end of this bracket. EU students pay the same fees as Romanian students, whilst non-EU students will normally have to pay a slightly higher fee.
Good to know: Students who require a visa to study in Romania must pay their tuition fee in one instalment before they make their visa application for the first year (and before starting each academic year after that). Pupils who do not require a Romanian student visa can choose to pay either in one, two or three instalments per year. For more information on student visas, check out our article ‘Study in Romania: Preparing to Apply’.
Most universities offer their own dormitory-style accommodation for students, with prices starting at about €60 per month for a shared room. Check with your chosen university to find out what’s on offer and how to apply for accommodation.
If you’re planning to stay in private accommodation, the International Relations office at your university might be able offer some recommendations. The Erasmus U website is also a good place to start (and is available to both Erasmus and non-Erasmus students). Just keep in mind that private accommodation does tend to be more expensive.
General cost of living
The cost of living in Romania is generally very low (Bucharest is estimated to be 50.34% cheaper to live in than London[MB2] and rent is 87% lower than New York). This website will give you even more comparisons of cities and a breakdown of living costs.
To get you started, here are some representative costs:
- Free transport pass for students
- €150-300 per month to rent a private apartment
- €150 per month for food
Overall, therefore, a student will get by with around €300 to €500 per month for living costs (depending on location and lifestyle).
Scholarships, awards and bursaries
The Romanian government offers generous grants to students, which can often amount to a full fee waiver. All EU students are entitled to the same grants as Romanian students and there are some grants offered specifically to non-EU students. Grants are normally awarded based on a student’s academic merit or social situation. This website provides useful links to state-funded scholarships for both EU and non-EU students studying in Romania.
Good to know: It’s also common practice in Romanian universities for the highest-performing students in each year group to have their fees covered by the state for the following academic year.
Working while studying
If you’re coming to study in Romania from the EU/EEA or Switzerland, you have the right to live and work in Romania. As a non-EU student with a study visa in Romania, you can take on paid part-time work while you are on the course, as long as you have a residency permit.
Typical student jobs might be in restaurants or cafes or as a childcarer/tutor for a family. The ErasmusU jobs page is a great way for both EU and non-EU students to find work in Romania. You could also try going through your university to find work in an administrative role or in a student bar.
How do I prove that I have ‘sufficient funds’?
If you’re applying for a student visa, you’ll need to prove that you have enough money to fund your stay in Romania. The Romanian government has decided that 11,250 lei per year (approximately €2400) is the minimum amount of money that a non-EU student must have in order to live independently.
You can prove that you’ll be able to meet this minimum in a number of ways:
- A bank statement – if you have the money already in your back account (you’ll need 11,250 lei for every year you’re planning to stay)
- A guarantor’s letter – someone who promises to pay your expenses if you can’t meet the minimum requirement
- A letter which confirms your grant, scholarship or loan
- A combination of all three
If you’re not sure whether you’ll be needing a student visa, check out our ‘Study in Romania: Preparing to Apply’ article.