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General life in Latvia
Due to its competitive programme and liberal costs, the Faculty of Medicine is becoming increasingly popular among international students in Europe and many other countries. Currently there are over 1500 international students studying at Riga Stradins University!
Riga, the capital of Latvia, is the pearl both of Latvia and the whole of the Baltics. Riga is included in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage list. It is located in the central part of the country, on the south coast of the Gulf of Riga, at the mouth of our largest river, the Daugava. Riga is home for more than 700,000 inhabitants and is the largest city in the Baltic States.
It is a cultural centre with museums and concert halls known for its wooden buildings, medieval Old Town and art nouveau architecture.Riga is also known as the European capital of free wifi! It has the largest number of free WiFi spots per square kilometre and per head of the population in Europe, which is why Riga became the European capital of free WiFi in the summer of 2014. The city has three Lattelecom free WiFi points per square kilometre. Free wireless internet can also be accessed in most hotels, cafes and taxis.
As in many other European cities, the demand for reasonably priced accommodation options is very high, and therefore student housing facilities are limited. At the same time, the city’s private rental market is considerably cheaper than that in other European cities, and therefore is rather appealing to international students studying at RSU.
In general, upon their arrival in Riga, students choose to stay in hotels or hostels, and only then do they start looking for long-term accommodation options.
Renting an apartment in Riga is cheaper, if you are willing to share: the average costs per person will be lower if you are, for example, five students renting a five-room flat, rather than renting a one room flat on your own. The price also depends on the quality of the flat and the area, but the average price for a one room apartment is EUR 250.00 or higher. If you are thinking about renting a flat, please keep in mind that the utility costs can be quite high, starting from EUR 70.00 in summer up to EUR 200.00 in winter. These costs include water, electricity, central heating in winter, etc.
The cost of living in Riga is similar to most European cities of its size. Most students coming to Latvia from other EU countries find Latvia to be even cheaper than their home countries; however, the cost of living depends very much on one’s choice of lifestyle. As a rough guide, we recommend a minimum of EUR 600 per month (including accommodation) for expenses such as phone, food, study materials, local transport, hobbies, leisure, etc.
Student visa (NON-EU applicants)
Non Eu residents are required to apply for a visa alongside their university application. We are able to assist you and guide you with this if needed as well as supply the necessary documents that may be officially required.