The idea of living in a country with a different culture attracts many international students to Tallinn every year. Due to this, if you choose to live in a shared apartment, it is most likely that your roommates will be of different nationalities than yours. However, if you want to fully immerse yourself in the local culture, it would be ideal if one of them were Estonian, so you can learn about the traditions, gastronomy and language daily with him/her.
Here are some of the highlights of sharing a flat when you go to the Estonian capital for an exchange:
You will surely find an apartment in a convenient location. Keep in mind that some neighbourhoods most chosen by young people are the Old Town of Tallinn, Vanalinn and Lilleküla.
You can decide between single and shared spare rooms, which can be found in both private shared flats and student residences. Take a good look at the characteristics of each one, as they can include study rooms, leisure rooms, a gym and even a laundry room.
In the case of sharing a room, you will not have any space for yourself, which can become overwhelming at some point. They can be shared by up to four people!
Check if the cost of heating is included in the rental price and remember that you have to agree on its use with your flatmates.
There are a wide variety of apps aimed at making the planning and the entire Erasmus process simpler for students. In some of these apps for Erasmus+, you can see important information about procedures and how some aspects of the university work. Also, you can read the experiences of young people who have already been to Tallinn, in which they usually give advice, such as not being held back by the cold! Temperatures in winter are often below zero, but with a good coat, you quickly get used to it and learn to enjoy everything that the Estonian capital has to offer.
If you are overwhelmed by the idea of not knowing anyone when you arrive in the Estonian city, we recommend that you share a flat, so you can be accompanied by your flatmates as soon as you arrive. In addition, you have the following options to meet people:
The ESN Tallinn is the preferred association for international students, as it is responsible for assisting young people in their integration into the city and university. As part of this, they organize numerous plans and activities every week, in which you get to meet other students. Keep in mind that each of the universities has a branch of the ESN, so you can choose the one that belongs to yours.
You can join ESN Facebook groups, such as ESN Tallinn, ESN TalTech IC and Tallinn University International Club ESN TU IC. In these groups, you can see the calendar with all the activities that you can be part of, as well as photos of the events that have already happened.
You will most likely find groups in this app to join, created by the ESNs or by the students themselves. Take the opportunity to join the plans proposed in them, as well as to propose what you want to do, such as a walk through Kadriorg Park or visits to the city's museums.
We give you some tips for you to consider concerning living in a shared flat:
To find accommodation in a convenient location (close to or with good access to the institution you will attend) you have to know which one of the campuses is your faculty. For example, the campus of the University of Tallinn are near the centre of the city and the one of the Technical University of Tallinn is located in the south of that neighbourhood.
If one of your roommates is local, take the opportunity to learn a bit of Estonian. English is indeed the language that international students use to communicate, but learning a little about the locals takes you deeper into the culture.
How much does a shared flat in Tallinn cost?
|The price of a single spare room usually has an average monthly cost of €500, while a shared room can range from €300 onwards.
How to find roommates in Tallinn?
|The best thing you can do is search on online communities like Erasmus Play, which allows you to simultaneously search and filter between shared and verified accommodation available for rent in the Estonian capital.
How to meet people in Tallinn?
|There are several branches of the Erasmus Student Network that you can join, depending on the university you are going to. In addition, you have various Facebook and WhatsApp groups available.
Share a flat or live alone in Tallinn?
|By sharing a flat you will be able to take advantage of the extra in your budget not only to explore Tallinn but the rest of Estonia and the Baltic countries. One of the advantages of going to the Estonian capital for Erasmus is being able to easily travel to other places such as Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Sweden.
What to ask before entering a flat share in Tallinn?
|Ask what the established rules of coexistence are, so you can comply with them and make day-to-day better for everyone.