Living costs

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.

Accommodation

The currency in Estonia is the Euro (€). The monthly average living cost for students can be around 300-500 euros.

Housing costs depend on the location, quality of the accommodation and on the season but the prices per month usually range from €80–150 in the dormitories to €200–510 in private flats. Most universities in Estonia have their own dormitories and all of them are ready to help international students settle into their life in Estonia.

Food

Students can usually enjoy a comfortable life with around €300 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 are around €3–€5.

Transport

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: €7,67 with a monthly ticket (with student card), single ticket for a student €0.51 (€2 on the bus). Most universities have everything needed (supermarkets, cafes, shops, pharmacy, gym etc.) located within a short walking distance. 

Tartu has a bike share system with 750 bikes (510 electrical, 240 regular) in 69  stations across the city. Membership prices: 30€ (annual membership), 10€ (weekly membership), 5€ (daily membership). All memberships include unlimited 60-minute rides, with every additional started 60 minutes costing €1. In Tallinn, you can also use electric scooters to get around the city, there are curretly two providers offering scooters in Tallinn: Bolt and CityBee.

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–€19

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)

Sport:

  • University sports clubs: €30–€40 per month (depending on the university)
  • Private sports clubs: €30–€70 per month (depending on the club and training package)