Life in Estonia
Estonia is a highly connected society. Many of everyday activities are made easier with various IT solutions. For example, you can register a company in 18 minutes, buy a cinema ticket using your mobile phone app, park your car with just a few clicks on your phone, register to courses online etc. Estonia has a growing start-up community and has become known as the new Silicon Valley of Europe. Entrepreneurship and innovative solutions are thriving in Estonia and new work opportunities in the IT sector are created every week.
Higher education in Estonia comes at a good value, with relatively low tuition fees and living costs as well as various scholarships for international students. As a student in Estonia you can take advantage of various discounts and special offers thought especially for full-time students. If interested, international students can combine their studies with part or full-time jobs and thus provide for their living during the studies.
After class, students can take part in the vibrant cultural life offered by the Estonian capital. Throughout the year Tallinn hosts several theatre and film festivals, numerous concerts and art exhibitions. In addition, Tallinn is known for its lively night life scene. If you want to escape the stress of the city, you can also hop on a bus or train or take a car ride to the nearby forests, bogs, picturesque lakes and sandy beaches. The beauty of Estonia lies in its accessability - nothing is ever too far away!
The cost of living in Estonia, compared to the rest of the EU, is affordable. The average monthly living expenses for international students, including accommodation, transport, food and other expenses amount to approximately 600€ a month. However, the cost of living greatly depend on the student’s accommodation choices, lifestyle, and spending patterns.
TalTech students can choose on-campus as well as off-campus accommodation possibilities (Please note: dormitory places are limited, TalTech cannot guarantee accommodation for all international students). On-campus accommodation prices start from €120 per month in student dormitories. The dormitories have single and double rooms. Off-campus housing costs largely depend on the location and size of the flat. On average, the prices range from about €120 for a place in a double room in the residence hall to €300-€450 or more for a private flat.
Although students can usually enjoy a comfortable life with around €250-300€ per month, each student has his or her individual needs and habits that largely determine monthly expenses. TalTech also has several on-campus cafeterias, which offers nice meals at reasonable prices. Daily specials in cafeterias and cafes range from €1,80-€4,50 per meal.
Public transport is available for all students and is free of charge in Tallinn.
Different taxi services are also available and the average starting prices range from €1.9, each km from €0.6 depending on the company.
Theatre and concert ticket prices can range from €8-€50 depending on your choice.
Nightclub tickets usually cost €7-€20 and cinema €5-€8, depending on cinema or time of the day or day of the week
TalTech sports centre offers various deals:
- group training fees: average €60-€100 per semester or €30-€40 per month
- gym/fitness club: €30-€35 per month.
Private sports clubs: €30-€70 per month (depending on club and your training package).