Where can I eat?
While there is no central student cafeteria or meal plans at the University of Tartu, most faculties have cafes in their buildings.
If you live in a dorm, every block of 3 rooms in Raatuse dormitory is equipped with a shared kitchen and a dining area.
There are many big supermarkets and smaller grocery stores all around Tartu. You can pay with a debit and credit card in every shop. Most stores open at 9 am and close at 22 pm. Discount cards are also available at almost every store. The closest stores to the dormitory are:
- Comarket (Raatuse 22)
- Ujula Konsum (Ujula 2)
- Tartu Kaubamaja (Riia 1)
- Rimi (Turu 2, in Tasku Centre)
There are also markets in Tartu. Markets are divided into two: market hall and open market. Market hall (Vabaduse pst 1) is open from Mon- Fri 7:30 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 7:30 am - 4 pm and Sun 7:30 am to 3 pm. Open market (Soola 10) is open from Mon-Sat 8 am - 4 pm and Sun 8 am - 3 pm. It is closed during the winter period. It is possible to pay only in cash. Communication is in Estonian and Russian, some sellers might speak a little English.
Tartu has numerous restaurants, cafés and buffet bars that offer traditional Estonian, Russian, Italian, Chinese and international food at very affordable prices (daily specials 2-4 EUR; or 5-10 EUR per dinner plate). There is also a number of fast food and pizza restaurants. You can find the list of Tartu restaurants here.