How to get a place in a dormitory

Tartu Student Village is a non-profit organisation. Its founders are the University of Tartu and the Student Council. The main function of the Student Village is housing students, guests and the staff members of the University.

Student Village owns eight fully functional dormitories. The dormitories are located in various places around the town.

International students are accommodated in the following dormitories: Raatuse 22, Narva mnt 25, Narva mnt 27, Pepleri 14, Purde 27. Dormitories mainly consist of twin rooms with shared bathroom and kitchen (usually 2-3 rooms share a bathroom and kitchen). The chance of getting a single room is very limited. Students should bring (or rather buy in Tartu) their own linen, blanket, pillows and cookware. It is also possible to buy blanket, pillow and bed linen from the Student Village. The price for the set is 53 euros.

Students staying in the dorm for up to ten months need to pay for their accommodation costs, on average, 115 euros per month, those staying longer than 10 months 95 euros per month. These prices apply for a place in a room. 

In the case of short term students, housing contract’s duration is related to a student’s study period at UT. If for some well-justified reasons, such as traineeship etc., the student stays in the dorm longer than his/her enrolment at UT, the housing contract may be concluded for a longer period. However, students enrolled at UT for up to ten months, meaning for one academic year, can only conclude a terminal housing contract.

How to apply for a place in a dormitory:

1. Please inform Student Village of your intent to stay in the student dormitory by submitting an accommodation application as described in the information materials sent to you along with your admission letter, by the deadlines mentioned:
for autumn semester: July 28;
for spring semester: December 20.

2. On arrival to the dormitory, you have to pay a refundable deposit 80 EUR per place, otherwise you won’t get a key to your room;

3. Within 3 days after arriving, you have to go to the management office of the Student Village (Narva Str. 25, phone +372 740 9955) to sign a contract.

4. If you haven’t signed the contract by September 14 (autumn semester) or February 14 (spring semester), you will lose your place/room in the dormitory.

How to find an apartment

If the life in the dormitory seems not to be of your style, you could rent an apartment. The prices range from approximately 160 EUR in the farther parts of the town to 450 EUR or more in the centre (1-2 rooms). The rents are the highest in the fall – late August, early September.

Information on rental apartments is available from real estate agencies and portals: