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 chances of getting a single room are 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 around 55 euros.
Students staying in the dorm for up to ten months need to pay for their accommodation costs 120 euros per month on average. Those staying longer than 10 months pay 100 euros per month on average. These prices are for one place in a room.
If you are a short-term students, the duration of your housing contract is related to your study period at UT. If you have a good reason to stay in the dormitory for longer than your enrolment at the UT (traineeship, etc.), the housing contract may be concluded for a longer period. However, students enrolled at the UT for up to ten months (for one academic year), can only conclude a fixed-term housing contract.
How to apply for a place in a dormitory:
1. Submit the accommodation application to the Student Village 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, pay a refundable deposit of 100 EUR per place. Note that you won’t get a key to your room otherwise.
3. Within 3 days after arriving, go to the management office of the Student Village (Narva Str. 25, phone +372 740 9955) to sign the 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: