What is the price for renting an accommodation in Slovenia? What are the average student expenditures for food? Is it possible to progress in studies and have a good rest simultaneously?
So, you have decided to study abroad. Let us count how much money it takes to live in Slovenia.
The tuition fee in Slovenian universities, despite the high quality of education, is quite low (2.5–3 thousand euros per year). Accommodation will cost 200–300 EUR per month. The same amount will be needed to buy food products. Everything depends on the needs of each individual person. There are students who manage not only to rent an accommodation and eat, but also to travel around Slovenia and to other EU countries just for 500 EUR per month.
In general, life in Slovenia will cost almost the same as in the major cities of Russia. Renting an accommodation is one of the most important items of expenditure for students. The highest prices are in the capital (Ljubljana) and on the coast (Koper, Izola). In neighbouring cities, they are quite acceptable. Therefore, in Maribor, a studio apartment will cost 250–300 EUR per month, taking into account utility costs. In Ljubljana, you can only rent a room for this money.
An important benefit of Slovenia is that the distances between cities are small. You can settle in a small town and spend 30–40 minutes to get to the capital by bus. Driving a car will be even faster.
“We usually advise students to rent an accommodation together with their fellow countrymen. This makes it easier to adapt to a new country and allows you to share the costs,” says the Head of the Russian representative office of 2TM in St. Petersburg, Ksenia Balashova.
The majority of students also consider living in the university dormitories. The prices for living in a dormitory vary from 150 to 200 EUR.
Buying food for one person will require another 200–300 EUR per month. When choosing food products, Slovenes prefer local producers, since they have trust in them. The prices for food are approximately the same as in Moscow or St. Petersburg. For example, a chicken costs 4 EUR per kilogram, beef costs about 9 EUR. At the same time, the quality of food products is excellent.
Slovenia offers discounts for food to students, including foreigners. They are called “bons”. You can use them both in student canteens and in city cafes and restaurants. Ordering any dish from the menu, a student pays only half a price and can additionally receive a soup, a salad, or tea. This system not only significantly saves students money, but also allows them to have a complex lunch in a variety of catering establishments.
“A lot of young people moving to Slovenia said that they would cook at home, but it turned out that eating out in cafes and canteens using student discounts is even cheaper than cooking yourself,” says the 2TM CEO Tatyana Meleshkova.
In Slovenia, foreign students receive a residence permit and can move freely throughout the EU. Young people have a great opportunity to go on a weekend to neighbouring Croatia, Austria, Hungary, and Italy. Ljubljana is located in one and a half hour drive from Zagreb, a 4-hour drive from Vienna, and a two and a half hour drive from Venice.
“It will cost you peanuts. You can spend no more than 30 EUR during the weekend,” emphasizes Ksenia Balashova. “At the same time, students acquire a certain courage and experience in communicating with people from other countries.
However, before traveling outside of Slovenia, it is worth observing the sights inside the country. Slovenia has a great many of attractions. You can reach them very quickly at almost any point of the country. It will take you about twenty minutes by car to get from Ljubljana to the Adriatic coast. The Postojna Cave (Slovene: Postojnska jama), Bohinj Lake, and Bled are located within a 40-minute drive. There are also more remote, but no less interesting places.
Tatyana Meleshkova adds that Slovenia offers an easily accessible and affordable sport recreation. “Slovenes are a very athletic nation. During the weekends, they do not lie in front of the TV, don’t waste time in bars, but instead go hiking to the mountains.”
There are many sports clubs in the country, including such extreme kinds of sport as kayaking, rafting and others. All sorts of festivals, concerts, exhibitions and other creative events are also held regularly in Slovenia. Thus, a person, who has got used to having an active rest, will easily find what to do in this country.
On average, you need 500 EUR per month to live in Slovenia. However, much depends on students themselves. Thanks to work-earnings (each foreign student gets a work permit together with a residence permit), students can partially compensate for their expenditures. They can save money on travelling. It is important that while living in a foreign country, young people learn not just how to spend money, but how to use it smartly as well.