Only a few days separate 14 thousand young people from the beginning of their student life. To help freshmen adapt better to the new realities, we have prepared a number of useful tips to future students. What do you need to know, where to register, what privileges you can use, how to avoid the hustle and bustle.
In order not to stay hungry, take care in a timely manner about student bons (privileges)—a subsidized system of student catering. The right to use bons in Slovenia belongs to all persons with student status, those who do not have a permanent official work, are not engaged in a particular activity as the only or main profession, and do not receive a pension (except for survivor benefits/pensions).
The amount of an individual subvention is 2.63 euros. Students have to pay the difference on their own to a specific food outlet. The amounts of additional payments per order vary from 0 to 4.37 euros. A list of all food outlets where the student vouchers (bons) are valid can be found at this link.
Students receive subventions on monthly basis. Their number is equal to the number of working days per week, but this does not mean that students will remain hungry during the weekends. Before you go out to dinner, supper or just snack on a Saturday or Sunday, it is necessary to clarify whether this outlet provides a preferential catering system for students on the weekends.
Every day each bon holder can afford two orders on the condition that they are placed at the interval of at least 4 hours.
Each subsidized portion includes a main course, two additional (soup or salad, fruit) and 2 dl (200 g) water. Bons have no geographical restrictions, so that students can eat in any place and in any region of Slovenia, irrespective of the place where they study.
Students who have already become parents receive 10 additional subventions per month for each child (only one of the parents receives the right to use the bons) as well as the students with disabilities.
To take advantage of the bon system, it is necessary to register in the system of the students’ subsidized catering. There are no temporary frameworks for registration. However, if you do it before the start of the academic year, it is possible to avoid the anxious waiting in queues during the first 1–2 weeks after the start of study.
The registration procedure is as follows: first, you need to fill out an electronic application online at studentska-prehrana.si, print it out or write down the number found in the upper part of the application. Using this number, you must personally appear in one of the SSP outlets (student’s subsidized catering outlets) within 90 days. You need to have an identity card with a photo, a proof of student status, and a phone.
The majority of students receives an SMS to their cell phone number specified in the application when being identified in the subsidized catering system. If you are concerned about privacy, you can book a contactless card with a chip for 15 euros. In any case, you will need to provide your e-mail address, because, the same as your login (username), it is required to activate your account online at www.studentska-prehrana.si.
In Slovenia, students enjoy travel privileges. A unified travel card for public transport (IJPP) is a good way to save money for those who live at a distance of at least 2 kilometres from the place of study. You can choose between a month card and a card for 10 trips.
To receive travel privileges, you will need to fill in the electronic form and submit it along with an identity card and an admission certificate to the address of one of the carriers. The carrier will issue a contactless card (IJPP ), to which you can later add a desired number of trips. In Ljubljana, you can also add a desired number of trips to the Urbana card (lpp.si).
A unified subsidized IJPP card (subvencije.ijpp.si) is valid on a particular route during a calendar month + the first working day of the following month (Saturday is not considered as a working day). The price depends on the route length, which is used by the card owner.
|1 Month||6 Months|
|2–60 km||25 euros||90 euros||180 euros|
|60–90 km||35 euros||130 euros||270 euros|
|over 90 km||55 euros||210 euros||450 euros|
|10 trips per month||20 euros||70 euros||135 euros|
Prices for subsidized student travel cards:
|1 Zone||2 Zones||3 Zones|
|Ljubljana||20 euros||25 euros||25 euros|
In Maribor and Ljubljana, it is possible to combine a student travel card and a local card.
The table shows the value of surcharge for this service.
|1 Month||6 Months||1 Year|
|Ljubljana||10 euros||40 euros||90 euros|
|Maribor||5 euros||20 euros||45 euros|
In Koper, a travel card for everyone, regardless of age and status, will cost only 10 euros. In Maribor, you can save money on travel if you buy a ticket for one trip on public transport in advance. The rule is simple: the more tickets you buy, the lower the price is.
If you decide to travel by train, you can buy a bonus card in a ticket office of the Slovenian Railways (Slovenske železnice,www.slo-zeleznice.si/) for 10 euros, which can be used to buy tickets 30% cheaper. A bonus card is valid for one year from the date of its purchase or less, if its holder has already turned 26 years old. Passengers, who have a bonus card (SŽ kartica ugodnosti), enjoy a 50% discount on any route in Slovenia on Saturdays, Sundays and on public holidays as well as during the vacations, and a 25% discount on trips abroad at the RailPlus rate (b-europe.com). For the return tickets, there is a permanent 30% discount on the weekends.
Those who prefer to travel by car can save a lot by finding travel companions. This can be done online at prevoz.org.
In addition to cars, buses, and trains, there is another convenient way to travel — by bicycle.
If you want to earn some money while studying, then take care of the registration or renewal of your status on the Student Service website.
If during an academic year, a student has already received a state scholarship, the Zois scholarship or any other scholarship, he or she should confirm the fulfilment of academic obligations. If in the new academic year, the scholarship is not provided because of breaching the conditions of its receipt, a student must submit an application to suspend its payment, as informed by the Students Referral Service (Študentska svetovalnica).
What concerns the Zois scholarships, “Regardless of whether you continue receiving your scholarship in future or conclude a new scholarship agreement, you must take into account the time limits,” the Students Referral Service explains. These terms are described in detail on the website of the State Fund for Development of Personnel and Scholarships (Javni sklad za razvoj kadrov in štipendije). Those students, who were qualified for the Zois scholarship according to the old version of the Law on Scholarship Payments, should apply before 7 October. According to the new wording of the Law on Scholarship Payments (it is valid for 2 years), the students, who were qualified for the Zois scholarship, are obliged to apply until 30 September.
Besides Zois scholarships, a state scholarship is often paid, with respect to which there is no fixed deadline to conclude an agreement. If a student applies for future scholarship, he or she must submit an application together with the evidence before the beginning of the new academic year, otherwise the effect of his or her agreement will be suspended.
Students should take care of their health. If you stay at home only during the weekends, be sure to choose a new personal physician according to your place of study. In order to be properly registered at your new doctor, you need to have an appointment with your former doctor and provide details of the new doctor and address of the clinic, to which you want to send your patient’s chart. If a student has no personal physician at the place of study, then even in the event of a disease, he or she can apply for health care. However, in this case, the patient has to pay 100% of the cost for an appointment with a doctor and all assigned additional services, except for the emergency treatment or first aid procedures.
Before the start of the new academic year, the Mesto Mladih website encourages all freshmen to attentively browse the websites of all faculties and clarify the schedule of lectures, the dean’s office and the library working hours. It is also worth remembering the dates of used literature fairs as well as making a remote subscription to scientific journals and collections of articles.
According to Tanya Papezh, an employee of the Mesto Mladih editorial board, it is not desired to be late to the first introductory lecture. All participants will receive a free “Guide for Freshmen” (Priročnik za bruce) brochure with all necessary information for the first-year students. It has a map of the student campus with marked restaurants and cafes that support a bon system. “During the introductory lecture, the students will be able to learn a lot of other valuable information, to meet the members of student councils and curators,” Tanya Papezh added.