Living costs in Estonia are affordable and are considered to be lower than in most other European countries. General feedback from foreigners who have spent some time here is that living conditions are similar to those in Western Europe. Cost of living in Estonia is usually dependent upon the student’s accommodation choices, lifestyle, and spending patterns.
Currency: the euro (EUR, €)
Monthly living costs: €300–€500, depending on the student`s choices
Student accommodation prices in Estonia start from €100 per month in student dormitories. Some universities have student dormitories with single, double and triple rooms. Housing costs largely depend on the location and size of the flat. On average, the prices range from about €100 for a place in a double room in the residence hall to €180–€450 or more for a private flat.
Students can usually enjoy a comfortable life with around €200–250 per month for food. Each student can determine food expenses individually, depending on their needs. Every university also has its own cafeteria(s), which offers nice meal with reasonable price.
Daily specials in pubs and cafes: €2.50–€4
Public transport is available for all students and is free of charge in Tallinn (only for residents of Tallinn, including international students studying in Tallinn). Local public transport in Tartu: €8.63 with a monthly ticket (with student card), single ticket for a student €0.51 (€1 on the bus). Most universities have everything needed (supermarkets, cafes, shops, pharmacy, gym etc.) located within a short walking distance.
Taxi (depending on company): average starting fee from €1.9, each km from €0.6.
Bus ticket from Tallinn to Tartu: €8.10–€10.50
Entertainment and free time
Theatre ticket: €12–€18
Concert ticket: € 8–€30
Nightclub ticket: up to €5–€15 (depends on the club, free entrance or discounts for ladies or students with a student card are common)
Movie ticket: €4.5–€5.7 (depending on the cinema or time of the day or day of the week)
University sports clubs
- Group training fees: average €60–€100 per semester or €30–€40 per month (depending on the university)
- Gym/fitness club: €30–€35 per month.
Private sports clubs: €30–€70 per month (depending on the club and training package)