Living in Tartu


Estonian University of Life Sciences’ students have priority to stay in our dorms, but are free to also seek other housing in Tartu. More information is available at Tartu Welcome Center.

As a student, you will need to consider the following housing costs (including heating, electricity, water): 140-280€ for EMÜ student dormitories, 350-500€ for rental apartments and pocket money (groceries etc) about 300-400 EUR per month.



Tartu is small enough to reach everywhere by foot, but one can use our public system  inner city bus transportation or one can join smart bike system, see the info web.  You can find also Bolt scooters in Tartu, see the info web (in Estonian).

Futher information about transportation (e.g how to get bus card) in Tartu Welcome Centre.



Please see list of banks and instructions how to open  bank account in Tartu Welcome Center.

Students, how do not have resident permit or non-EU/EAA students, have a faster way to open bank account at LHV BANK.

Please note! Non-EU/EAA students. It is free of charge to open bank account at LHV BANK. You can find an application in here.

Futher information about opening bank account is here.

EU students can open bank account with a small fee in a bank.


ISIC card can be an additional and beneficial card for student card (not compulsory). Please see the benefits of it and how to apply it in here

You can apply it also online (if you have received an Estonian ID card or non-EU students temporary residence permit) in here.

There is also possibility to open it together with bank account. Please ask this option from the bank.



Around Tartu you can find many grocery stores. In order to save money, you can request a customer card. Just a few examples: Rimi, Selver, Coop and Prisma. Tartu has also markets (Tartu Turg) and outside of winter period open market (Tartu Avaturg).

There are also supermarkets near the residential halls “Betton”, which offer a large variety of goods. 

There is also an option to order food by delivery such as: Bolt (Barbora), E-selver, Wolt etc.

Sopping centres: Tartu Kaubamaja, Kvartal, Tasku, Lõunakeskus.



EMÜ Spordiklubi

Botanical Garden

Window of Culture

Tartu, the City of Good Thoughts

Please see also info in: Tartu Welcome Center