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Cost of living

In addition to tuition fees, you will of course have general living expenses during your studies. Personal budget planning can help you gain an overview of your expenses and security in financing your studies.

The cost of living in Switzerland is generally high. However, costs also vary greatly from person to person. Your housing situation, health insurance premiums, personal lifestyle and hobbies can all have an impact on costs. That's why it's advisable to make a personal budget.

The Student Association of the University of Bern (SUB) has prepared a helpful budget proposal for students:

Budgetberatung Schweiz (Budget Advice Switzerland) is the umbrella organisation of more than 30 budget advice centres that are mainly active in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. You will find a lot of helpful information and tips on this website:

Budget as a basis for scholarships and loans

Budgets are usually used by the scholarship offices of the cantons as a basis for granting scholarships or loans. If you would like to apply for a scholarship in the canton of Bern, you can find the standard values for living costs on the website of the Department of Education and Culture (BKD):

  • Scholarships and loans

  • Part-time job

  • Foundations and funds

  • Study costs

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