Bulgaria is steadily becoming Europe’s best kept secret for obtaining high quality education at low living expenses!

Besides the Tuition fees and other fees as registration or visa fee (if applicable), you should take into consideration expenses related to postal services, travel, relocation, living expenses, utilities, transport, leisure activities, clothing and more. Going to another city or another country requires some financial planning. All International students, citizens of countries outside the European Union and not subject to visa facilitation shall review the Finances section for International students on visa application related expenses.

Approximate costs of living in Varna/Dobrich on a monthly basis

Food costs120  EUR
Accommodation costs *80-140  EUR
Student Card Bus Transportation *11  EUR
Other costs30  EUR
Total monthly costs300  EUR

*Accommodation depends on the campus student has chosen.

**The student’s transportation card is valid only for city of Varna. There is no need to use city transportation in Dobrich.

The estimates are based on average monthly expenditure of an undergraduate or postgraduate single student, on a full time course. Expenditure will obviously increase if dependents accompany a student and this will also have implications on each of the costs.

Therefore we advise you the following

  • Make sure you have enough money to complete your course before travelling to Varna
  • Financial assistance cannot be provided by the University to those who get into difficulties
  • Consider additional costs such as TV license, mobile and telephone bills, utility bills
  • When you apply for residence permit, an additional cost will be involved, see page for further details.


Most shop opening hours are 10:00-19:00, from Monday till Sunday. Many larger stores have at least one late-night opening until 19:30-20:00 and some large supermarkets offer 24-hour shopping, seven days a week. You can get bedding and kitchen utensils from department stores and some of the larger supermarkets. Watch out for sales in June, September and December/January. In Bulgaria customers should pay the price displayed there is usually no question of bargaining. People form a queue to make purchase.

How much do things cost?

Prices are very different depending on where you shop and what products you buy. Supermarkets often have own-label brands which are cheaper than more recognized brands. You could also explore local markets where food costs, especially fresh food and dairy, can be substantially cheaper. The chart on page will give you an approximate idea of the cost of basic products and bills.

For further information on local currency, cost of living, accommodation expenses, fees, banking, healthcare, leisure activities and more, download our Students guide.




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