Information and tips for Erasmus students in Riga

Erasmus in Riga

Information and tips for Erasmus students in Riga

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Hailed as the "Paris of the Baltic", Riga is not only the capital of Latvia, but it is also a very popular tourist destination among young internationals. This is due to its beautiful museums, temples and historical monuments. Riga's Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Riga is not a difficult city to find cheap accommodation. Therefore, if you search early, you can find very well-located accommodation in the city for just over 180 euros per month. That said, there are a few things worth keeping in mind when looking for a shared apartment or flat: at the very least, make sure it's verified before making any kind of deposit. There are different testimonies of students who have been victims of scams when looking for accommodation. Due to this, from Erasmus Play we have created the first verified accommodation search engine for students so that you can book accommodation online in a secure way.

Riga students have some special advantages and discounts such as public transport since you can get a monthly pass for approximately € 16, instead of € 50. If you are wondering, how can I get discount cards as an Erasmus? It's very simple. All you have to do is go to the Student Service Office on your campus and they will provide you with a form stating that you are studying in Riga. 

Cost of Living in Riga, Latvia

Living in the capital of Latvia is a great bargain. Necessities such as food, clothing and transportation cost less than the European average. For example, you can rent a room in a shared flat for just over € 180 with all expenses included. 

The same thing happens with the shopping basket, that is, for very little money you will be able to buy food in any supermarket in Riga. The same happens when you go out to a party, drinking in bars and clubs is not expensive at all, we will explain it to you below!

Student life, parties and leisure in Riga, Latvia

When it comes to spending free time, many Erasmus students choose to visit places like "Mezaparks", which is located 10 minutes from the centre of  Riga. This park has 25 natural attractions that you can enjoy if you are a lover of the outdoors. On the other hand, "Bastejkalns Park" is one of the most popular parks in Riga and it is also eco-friendly. We recommend that you go for a boat ride, the experience is very beautiful.

If we talk about parties and nightlife, Riga will surprise you, events and theme parties are held for Erasmus students every week. If you want to meet local people during your stay in Riga, this may be the perfect opportunity! You can contact local student associations. In your University you will be able to find out about these student associations and thus participate in the many activities they carry out.

If you are one of the people who like to dance, try the Kalku club, where DJs play music on Fridays and Saturdays of different musical styles. Other options available in Riga are the Piens Club bars on Kalpaka Boulevard, which offer live musical performances every Thursday from 77 pm

Culture and gastronomy in Riga, Latvia

In Riga, culture, music and museums are quite abundant. The Riga Opera building is one of the most beautiful in the world. On the other hand, you can visit the Freedom Monument, the Riga walls, Riga Cathedral, Livu Square and the Church of St. Peter and Paul. If you are thinking of living in Riga, we recommend you to walk through the historic centre and visit the National Museum of Archeology which is located inside the old building of the Grand Palace. This site is perfect if you have an interest in art, dance and literature. Another place is the Riga Art Museum (konstmuzejs) is an institution whose main mission is the preservation, restoration and promotion of the permanent collection. A visit to the State Art Museum (Latvijas valsts mākslas muzejs) is also a must: with a charming atmosphere and spacious rooms decorated with 19th-century furniture, this museum displays the country's art collection.

On the other hand, the city of Riga has excellent restaurants with very friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere. We recommend trying the typical desserts and roast meat. One of the most popular is vanilla ice cream or Latvian is Sachertorte (Sacher chocolate cake). Riga restaurants such as "Dzintari" and "Pils" are among the best known in the Latvian capital. Eating out in a restaurant in Riga can cost between 6 and 15 euros. In "Vienības" street you will find very good prices. affordable to go out to dinner with friends

Advantages of doing Erasmus in Riga, Latvia

  • If you ever wanted to learn a language other than English, the Latvian language can be interesting when it comes to meeting new local people in Riga, although we anticipate that it is somewhat difficult.
  • The cost of living is cheap which will allow you to carry out a large number of plans.
  • The accommodation is quite cheap and of quality.
  • Studying in Riga you will meet people from all over the world. It is likely that English whatever language you speak the most, and it will be a good option to practice it.
  • If you like to party, this is your city. Low prices and a good atmosphere every day.
  • You can visit other countries nearby Europeansuch as Russia, Denmark or Estonia, among others you.

Cheap student accommodation in Riga, Latvia

Are you looking for student accommodation in Riga? With Erasmus Play it is very easy. We have grouped together all the available student accommodation in Riga so that you can easily find the ideal accommodation.

Frequently asked questions about doing Erasmus in Riga

How much does it cost to live in Riga as a student?
Living in Riga as a student is cheaper than in most European cities. To give you an idea, the cost of renting a room in a shared flat is € 180.
How is student life in Riga?
The capital of Latvia is a small, but a prosperous city for Erasmus students, due to the good intellectual atmosphere and the varied cultural and gastronomic offer that exists.
How much does student accommodation cost in Riga?
Through our search engine, you can find fully furnished rooms for rent for € 150. There is also the option of renting a complete apartment, but the budget you will need will be somewhat higher.
How much is the Erasmus scholarship to study in Riga?
One way to finance an Erasmus mobility is by receiving a financial grant. The amount of the same will depend on the country and university of origin. We recommend that you ask your Erasmus tutor to explain everything you need to know and thus be able to submit the application.
What are the best areas to live in Riga?
Students moving to the city of Riga are faced with a multitude of accommodation options. They can live in central neighbourhoods close to their universities or choose quieter streets away from the centre others, such as Vecrīga, Āgenskalns and Avoti.