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Experience in Tallinn, Estonia by Marie

Published by Marie Vainumets — 3 years ago

0 Tags: Erasmus experiences Tallinn, Tallinn, Estonia


What is it like to live in Tallinn? Would you recommend it? What is the city like?

Tallinn is quite small and not too crowded. I would recommend it to students as it's an interesting city and not too expensive.

What is the student lifestyle like in Tallinn?

Local students usually also work while studying in university. This means that they don't have too much free time. Erasmus students usually have more free time so they travel around Estonia and party a lot.

How much does it cost to live in Tallinn?

The price of accommodation depends on the neighbourhood. Living in the city centre can be very expensive unless you get a room at a dormitory. Utility bills depend on where you live. If you rent a small apartment in a cheap neighbourhood then it's usually not more than 100 euros a month. Food is not expensive (cheaper than Finland, more expensive than Latvia) but the prices depend on the store. For example, Kaubamaja is expensive, Maxima is cheap. Eating in restaurants is not expensive if you know where to eat. Avoid the town hall square as there are some of the most expensive restaurants in Tallinn.

Is it difficult to find accommodation in Tallinn? Is there any advice you can give?

It can be a bit difficult for foreigners to find an apartment so it's easier to go for a dorm room at first.


What is the food like? What are your favourite dishes?

Foreigners describe Estonian food as "potatoes and meat". Actually it's not that limited. Estonian food is simple yet delicious and there are things that most people have never heard of. Kama (a kind of porridge) and kohuke (chocolate filled with quark) are some of the things that are very popular among foreigners.

What places would you recommend visiting in Tallinn?

Even though it is very touristic, The Old Town is the pearl of Tallinn. It's the medieval part of the city and it's absolutely amazing. Kalamaja, a subdistrict, is definitely worth a visit and not far from there is Telliskivi, an area where you'll find all kinds of amazing restaurants and a flea market on Saturdays.

Is it good to eat out in Tallinn? Can you tell us your favourite spots?

There are plenty of good restaurants and cafes in Tallinn. For example NOP and Levier are a little expensive bur definitely worth a visit. If you like gourmet street food then Uulits is the place for you. F-hoone, Boheem, Mimosa, Vegan Restoran V are also very popular and offer good food and good service. Most restaurants and cafes have their menus online so it's possible to check the prices in advance.

Is the nightlife good in Tallinn? Where is good to go?

Nightlife in Tallinn is good and most of the popular clubs and bars are in the same area. Studio is one of the most popular clubs in Tallinn.

What advice would you give future students heading to Tallinn?

It is not easy to approach Estonians but try to find some local friends and ask them to show you the city.


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