INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF ESTONIA
International House of Estonia (IHE) is to be a joint service centre for foreigners (especially foreign specialists), their family members, entrepreneurs and those returning to Estonia. Thus, IHE ensures the accessibility of necessary information, counselling and services from one place by supporting a smoother induction and adaptation to the society.
House opening hours:
Tue.: 9 am – 5:30 pm
Wed.: 9 am – 5:30 pm
Thu.: 10 am – 6:30 pm
IHE’s main partners are the city of Tallinn, Ministry of the Interior, Police and Border Guard Board, Tax and Customs Board, Integration Foundation, Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund, partners providing private services and Enterprise Estonia (EAS) as the leading partner of the house. IHE was launched by Mainor AS and EAS’ programme Work in Estonia.
• Residence permit
• Short-term employment
• Obtaining a personal identification code
• Registering the notices of residence
• Learning Estonian
• Residential counselling
Place of residence, school and kindergarten, healthcare, culture, public transport, sport and free time)
• Work and career
• Getting started with entrepreneurship (2019)
• Taxes (Application form for determination of residency of a natural person)
• Work and career (Writing a CV, job interview, etc.)
• Estonian courses (language cafes)
• Information day for the „Welcoming program“
• Program for spouses
• Socialising events
• Culture events
• Meetings with enterprises
• Activities for children
For more information: https://workinestonia.com/internationalhouse/
We help every international student find suitable accommodation in Tallinn. "Great, but what's it going to cost?", you're probably wondering.
Our dormitory, EUAS Student Hostel, has 82 places that are reserved for foreign students. A place in a larger double room is available at EUR 250 a month (includes utilities). A place in a smaller (bunk bed) double room is available at EUR 200 a month (includes utilities).
EUAS Student Hostel is located in a three-floor building next to EUAS main building. Lecture halls, bus and tram stops to Tallinn city centre and Estonia's largest shopping mall are all within three minutes' walk. The facilities have been recently renovated. See the video of the renovated hostel's opening here.
We expect non-EU international students to stay at EUAS Student Hostel for at least their first semester (6 months). Should the hostel not have any vacancies or in any case after your first semester, you can also find an apartment for yourself or together with friends.
2-3 room apartments for rent in Tallinn are around 600 euros a month plus the utilities (100-300 euros a month depending on the size of the apartment, summer/winter etc). You can check it out for yourself at www.kv.ee or www.city24.ee.
During your admission process and before you arrive in Tallinn we'll help you find and book the type of accommodation that suits you.
The cost of living in Estonia is quite affordable compared to the rest of the EU. The average monthly expenses for living (accommodation, transport, food and other necessities) can be estimated around 500 euros (for example if you live at the EUAS Student Hostel).
Public transport (buses, trams and trolleys) is available for all students and free of charge in Tallinn (only for residents of Tallinn, including international students studying in Tallinn). You can find schedules pages and optimal route search here.
Taxi (depending on company): average starting fee from €1.9, each km from €0.6. We encourage you to use the Taxify app to order the closest licensed cab without any hassle.
WORKING WHILE STUDYING
If you’re a university student, one thing is for sure- you’re pretty busy these days! Between class time, assignments and spending time with your friends you’ve got a ton going on. Still, even though studying is your top priority you can make smart decisions by combining work and studies thanks to a flexible curriculum. Our study programs are full-time, but you can easily fit a part-time job or a few freelancer projects into your week.
LEARN ESTONIAN LANGUAGE FOR FREE
Do you want to learn the Estonian language in only 100 hours? Here's a free course as a gift to celebrate the Estonian centenary. Follow these easy steps to get started:
- Go to www.speakly.me
- Click “Buy now”
- Log in, choose Estonian, pick any of the plans
- Enter the promo code: EV100
- Pass a language level test
- Start with your studies!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Read up on the most common questions when you arrive to Estonia.
1. WHERE DO I FIND AN ENGLISH SPEAKING FAMILY DOCTOR?
Whilst there are many options for a general practitioner in Tallinn and you are completely free to
choose your own, here is the contact for a doctor, that most of our student use.
Dr. Zarifa Ahmadzada, room #307
M 9.00 - 13.00, T 9.00 - 13.00, W 9.00 - 13.00, Th 14.00 - 18.00, F 9.00 - 13.00
Linnamäe tee 3, 3. Floor, Tel. 634 6030
In order to register yourself, you need to fill out a form on
https://www.perearstikeskus.eu/images/avaldus.pdf and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. WHERE DO I GET MY BUS CARD?
Any R-Kiosk or www.pilet.ee
3. WHAT ARE THE BEST PLACES TO SHOP FOR FOOD?
Cheapest supermarkets are Maxima, Prisma, Grossi and Maksimarket but most of Estonians
prefer Rimi or Selver. It is beneficial to have the loyalty card for the supermarkets you use
the most, as they usually cost only 1 €, but you earn points and in-store money on every purchase.
4. WHAT IS THE BEST SHOP TO GET SECOND HAND CLOTHES?
Paavli Kaltsukas (biggest thrift store in Tallinn), Sõbralt sõbrale (chain), Humana (chain).
5. WHAT ARE THE BEST SHOPS FOR CHEAP KITCHENWARE, TOWELS ETC?
Jysk, Koduekstra, Magazin.
6. WHERE DO I GET MY TRP?
From the PPA office at Tammsaare 47.
7. WHERE DO I REGISTER FOR POPULATION REGISTRY?
8. HOW TO APPLY FOR A JOB?
The best places for job listings are www.cv.ee, www.cvkeskus.ee, www.workinestonia.com/latest-offers/ or if
you are after a restaurant job, you could rock up in your chosen restaurant with your printed out
9. WHAT ARE THE PAGES TO LOOK FOR APARTMENTS?
www.kv.ee, www.city24.ee, www.nobroker.ee. Note that in Estonia using brokers is very common and they usually
charge 1 months rent for their services, payed by the tenant. 2-room apartment in Estonia means
1 livingroom and 1 bedroom. Not to be confused with common practice of most other countries,
that list living spaces by the number of bedrooms.
10. HOW AND WHERE TO GET A BANK ACCOUNT?
There are three main banks in Estonia. LHV, which is an Estonian bank with a western approach,
awarded with the best customer service title. SEB and SWEDBANK are Swedish traditional and
most widely used banks.
11. WHERE TO GO OUT? BARS, CLUBS, RESTAURANTS?
Most students prefer Club Hollywood or Club Münt in the old town. You’ll find lots of bars and
hangout spots near the Old Town Square. Be prepared them to be a bit more expensive (5-7 euro
for a beer, 10-13 for cocktails) than rest of the restaurants in shopping malls etc. There are a lot of
cafes and restaurants in Ülemiste City also - make sure to check them all out!
12. WHAT ATTRACTIONS SHOULD I VISIT?
There is an awesome tourist discount card called TALLINN CARD, that includes entry to more than
40 different attractions in Tallinn and use of public transportation. It’s an amazing way to see Tallinn.
There are options of 24h, 48h and 72h. More info at www.visittallinn.ee/eng/tallinncard
If you want to know more about the local life, history and oddities, make sure to take the daily 2h
free walking tour. Tallinn Free Tour is in ENGLISH and leaves every day at 12:00 and during high
season (May-September) also at 10:00 and 15:00 o'clock in front of the Tallinn Tourist Information
at Niguliste 2. (A tip for the guide is expected - 2-5 € per person is sufficient).
13. IS THERE ANY USEFUL FACEBOOK GROUPS I SHOULD JOIN?
Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences - everything relevant to EUAS students
Expats in Tallinn - all useful info about living in Estonia
Expat Jobs in Tallinn - the title says it all
In case you have any questions or problems, don’t hesitate to contact Liisa (International office number 104 in the main building, email@example.com) or Kedi (at the dormitory admin office, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Have fun and make the most of your studies!