Prindi

Practical information

LIVING COSTS
ACCOMMODATION
VISA
REGISTERING AS A RESIDENT
HEALTH INSURANCE
MEDICAL EMERGENCIES AND SERVICES
PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN TALLINN
FOOD AND MARKETS
SPORTS ACTIVITIES
ISIC AND ESN CARD
TRAVELLING IN ESTONIA
USEFUL LINKS


LIVING COSTS
The currency used in Estonia is the euro. Depending on the lifestyle the costs of living in Tallinn might be:
ca. 200–350 EUR for accommodation
ca. 180–300 EUR for food
ca. 120–250 EUR for other costs


ACCOMMODATION
TTK UAS does not have a dormitory. See our tips for finding accommodation here.


VISA
Long-stay (D) visa for study in Estonia is required for Non-EU students if you are going to stay in Estonia for more than three months.

Requirements for the D-visa can be found here.
Estonian embassies in the world: http://vm.ee/en/embassies-and-representations


REGISTERING AS A RESIDENT
EU/EEA residents
don’t need a residence permit for studying, but you need to register your place of living if your stay exceeds three months. The steps are as follows:
1. Register your place of residence in person at the Population Register.
Closest offices to TTK are:
• Tallinn City Office located at Vabaduse väljak 7
• City Centre Administration located at Pärnu mnt 9
Information about office hours and location of other offices can be found here.
2. After you have registered your place of residence, you can apply to apply for the Estonian ID card. ID cards are issued by the Police and Border Guard Board (offices located at P. Pinna 4 or A. H. Tammsaare tee 47). We receommend booking an appointment beforehand online.
3. We strongly recommend registering also at the Embassy of your country. Information on the foreign representations in Estonia can be found here.

Students from outside the EU/EEA whose period of stay in Estonia is under 12 months need to apply for a D-visa at the Estonian embassy before coming to Estonia. The list of Estonian embassies handling visa applications can be found here.

Unfortunately the holders of D-visa are not eligible to apply for a Temporary Residence Permit. This means that you will not receive an Estonian ID-card and you cannot register as a resident of Tallinn.


HEALTH INSURANCE

All students are strongly advised to have health insurance to cover the period of their studies in Estonia.

Students from EU/EEA countries who have valid health insurance in your home country during your studies in Estonia, then you should apply for the EU Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or a substitute certificate of an EU health insurance card (form E128). You should apply for that from the social service authorities in your home country before arriving in Estonia.

However, necessary health care is not always free of charge – the patient’s co-payment should be paid according to Estonian tariffs. Therefore, it is recommended to also buy travel and health insurance from a private insurance company before coming to Estonia.

Note that EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. It does not cover any private healthcare or costs such as a return flight to your home country or lost/stolen property. More information about what is covered by EHIC can be found from the EHIC website. To be eligible for EHIC, you must be insured by or covered by a state social security system in any member state of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.

Students from outside the EU/EEA are not covered by Estonian health insurance. An international student from outside the EU/EEA must have an insurance contract valid for Estonia or Schengen area guaranteeing that any costs related to his or her medical treatment as a result of illness or injury during the period of D-visa period.

Students can choose insurance offered by their home university or any insurance company in their home country that offers suitable coverage. Whichever insurance you have, be prepared to cover your medical costs yourself first. If you have to pay for medical services, keep all the cost documents and apply for refund from your insurance provider according to the provider’s procedures. If the costs are eligible under your insurance policy, the provider will make the refund.

Some companies that offer private health insurance are:
KindlustusEst – insurance broker who can help with finding suitable insurance.
Ergo – private insurance company
Inges – private insurance company
Swisscare – company offers possibility to sign contract online


MEDICAL EMERGENCIES AND SERVICES

In the case of emergency, dial 112 and ask for an ambulance, the police or the fire brigade. Tell the operator your name, address and the telephone number you are calling from, and stay by the telephone until your information has been confirmed. There is no charge when you dial 112.

The 24/7 emergency rooms (EMO in Estonian) are located at:

Free medical counselling is available through the family physician’s advisory line (perearsti nõuandeliin) by calling 1220. English advice is available every day from 3 to 5 PM. Estonian and Russian advice is available 24/7.

With minor health concerns, we suggest that you start by searching assistance from a pharmacy (apteek in Estonian). You can find them almost in the every bigger shopping centre.

We recommend you to find a family physician (perearst) when you arrive to Estonia. Everyone has the right to choose or change their family physician. However, only a few family doctors attend in English. English speaking doctors are easier to find in private medical centres like Valvekliinik, Fertilitas, Qvalitas, Sinu Arst, Confido. When you have contracted health insurance, the costs should be remunerated. EU health card usually does not cover private medical care.

Dentistry is not covered by the health insurance in Estonia, all services have to be paid for. Emergency dental care is provided by Tallinn Dental Clinic (Located at Toompuiestee 4. Customer Service number +372 612 1200. Opening hours: Mo-Fr 8:00-20:00; First aid: Saturdays 9:00-16:00, Sundays 9:00-15:00).

We suggest you ask your student buddy to assist you with making a doctor’s appointment.

The Estonian Health Board has established 24/7 COVID-19 hotline number 1247 that offers information and help regarding the coronavirus in Estonia. You can also dowload the HOIA app.

Coronavirus testing information is available here.

You can see an overview about the Estonian health care system here.


PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN TALLINN
The most common way to use the public transport in Tallinn is by purchasing a Smartcard in R-Kiosk stands. The cost is €2.

The residents of Tallinn use the public transport in Tallinn free of charge. For that, you need to have the Smartcard personalized with your identity code on your ID-card. A personalized Smartcard enables the holder to obtain discounts. Personalized cards are only valid with proof of identity. You can also personalize your card, load money onto it and buy tickets and travel cards at the sales point you purchase it from. Please don’t forget to ask for personalization when purchasing your Smartcard in point of sales.

Students from outside the European Union travelling with D-visa, who cannot register as residents of Tallinn, have to pay for the use of public transport. Information about public transport and tickets is available here.

You can also use contactless bank cards to buy public transportation tickets. More information here.
Due to coronavirus, tickets cannot be purchased from the driver.

Useful links:
Public transport schedules
Journey planner


FOOD AND MARKETS
The main supermarket chains are:Selver, Rimi, Maxima, Prisma, Coop
All the bigger supermarkets offer home delivery through their website.
Bolt, Wolt and Food Angels apps offer home delivery from restaurants.
The biggest markets are: Central Market (Keskturg), Balti Jaama Turg, Nõmme Turg


SPORTS ACTIVITIES
TTK UAS has its own Sports Centre. It is possible for students to take physical education courses, use the gym or play different ball games.
The main sports clubs in Tallinn are MyFitness, Reval SportSparta Spordiklubi


ISIC AND ESN CARD
It is possible to buy an International Student Identification Card (ISIC) that gives various price discounts and is your international student ID.
It is also possible to buy ESN Card, which gives discounts at Erasmus Student Network events. For more information please visit ESN web page.


TRAVELLING IN ESTONIA
You can find information about what to do and what to visit in Estonia on Visit Estonia website.

For train tickets within Estonia, check the website of Elron.
The main train station called Balti Jaam is located at Toompuiestee 37.

For bus tickets within Estonia, check T-pilet.
Tallinn Bus Station is located at Lastekodu 46.


Here are some useful websites about studying and living in Estonia:
1. Study in Estonia 
2. Work in Estonia
3. Life & culture in Estonia
4. Erasmus Student Network Tallinn


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