Useful Information

Moving to another country is not easy, especially if the country is culturally different from your own.

Here you can learn the nuances of living in Lithuania.

What to See?
According to the “Lonely Planet“, a large travel guide book publisher, Lithuania is “a land of crumbling castles, soaring dunes, enchanting forests and magical lakes”. Yes, Lithuania is all that and much more! From the Curonian Spit to the Hill of Crosses, to the Old Town of Vilnius (a UNESCO heritage site) – the country is full of surprises wherever you turn your eye.

Accommodation in Campuses
Most universities offer the opportunity of living on campus. Some of the dormitories are situated near the universities, others – further away, so you will have to use public transport to get to the university. Most dormitories have been renovated and equipped with modern appliances and internet access.

What should you expect from living on campus?
• Most likely you will have to share a room with one or two other students.
• One shower/bath is intended for two or more rooms.
• You will be provided with the necessary furniture in the room – bed, wardrobe, table and chairs.
• There may be internet access in each room, however this is not included into the price.
• You will be able to make breakfast, lunch and dinner in a common kitchen area with other students. There is usually an equipped kitchen on each floor.
• Guests are not permitted to sleep in the dormitories. When entering the premises, they will have to submit ID and register in the guest book.
• The residents of the halls must keep noise to a minimum during particular hours (usually from 11pm to 6am).
• Consumption of alcoholic beverages and/or psychoactive drugs is prohibited by law. Smoking is allowed in specified areas only.

Please inquire your selected university about the conditions of your accommodation, applications for a room in a hall, prices and rules prior to your arrival.

Other Accommodation Options
Shared accommodation doesn’t have to be the only option. If you prefer to live alone or more comfortably, here are a few choices you might consider:

Aruodas
Domoplius
Airbnb
Booking
Solo Society

Public Transportation
Lithuanian cities have well-developed systems of public transportation. There is a choice of buses, trolleybuses (in the largest cities of the country), and minibuses. Students are offered large discounts on public transportation tickets (daily, monthly and yearly) and are encouraged to use it.

Information on routes and schedules (available in English for all major cities) is available on “TRAFI” website and mobile app.

Other Transportation Options
Taxi cab services is a fast, comfortable and relatively inexpensive way to travel around the city. However, in Lithuania it is not a common practice to stop taxis in the streets. It is always better (and cheaper!) to use popular mobile apps, such as “Bolt“, “Uber” and “e-Transport“, or rent a car via “CityBee” and “Spark”.

Rentable scooters and bikes are currently also a popular choice of transportation!

Intercity Trips
If you would like to visit your friends in other parts of Lithuania or have a desire to see more of what Lithuania has to offer – simply hop onto an intercity bus or train.

Don’t forget to use your student discount when purchasing tickets!

Student Discounts
Students in Lithuania receive discounts in various places from restaurants to museums, from public transportation to certain shops.

In order to use ALL discounts, you will need to have:

Lithuanian Student Identity Card (LSIC);
International Student Identity Card (ISIC).

LSIC is issued and administered by the Lithuanian National Union of Students (LSS) and is valid in Lithuania only. The card is mandatory for ALL students in Lithuania, including students of student exchange programmes. ISIC is an international student identity card. It is not mandatory, but it is recognized all around the world and it is a must if you plan to travel abroad.

If you want to access as many student discounts as possible, we would recommend you to have BOTH.

Health Insurance
If you are a citizen of one of the Member States of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland and have a European Health Insurance Card, you are guaranteed state health care services in the case of an accident. You need to be aware that the card does not cover the expenses of health care services provided by the private sector.

If you are a citizen of a country outside the European Union, you must contact one of the insurance companies on Lithuanian Insurers Association (LDA) list. In order to study in Lithuania you must have a valid health insurance covering the duration of your stay.

Emergency Number
In case of an accident or real threat to your health or property, immediately call the Emergency Call Number 112.

Bank Accounts
EURO (€) is the national currency of Lithuania.

Banking cards such as Mastercard, Visa, and American Express are accepted in most shops and places of serviceAlso you can easily exchange foreign currency at banks, bureaux de change, airports, and railway stations. The Bank of Lithuania acts as the central monetary authority in Lithuania. Currently, six commercial banks hold a license from the Bank of Lithuania and operate in the country:

SEB
Swedbank
Luminor
Šiaulių Bankas
Citadelė
Medicinos Bankas

You can easily open an account at one of the banks by visiting their branches.

Looking for a Job

Working during the studies

International students have the right to work while studying in Lithuania as long as they are enrolled in a university. EU students can work full-time, meaning up to 40 hours per week. International students from non EU countries can work up to 20 hours per week after obtaining the temporary residence permit. The limitation of working time does not apply to international students in doctoral studies.

Working after the studies

International students have a possibility to stay in the country for 15 months afterwards to look for a job:

• During the last year of studying apply for a temporary residence permit renewal for 3 additional months from the day when studies are finished.
• After graduating, you also have the possibility to apply for a temporary residence permit for 12 months for job search and self-employment purposes.

For job offers and further information, please visit “Work in Lithuania“.

Internet and Mobile
There are three major providers of Mobile services in Lithuania:

Telia
Tele 2
Bitė

You can buy a prepaid SIM card of either one of the three providers at every news stand. Each of the three providers offers different rates and terms, so you will be able to choose the one which suits your needs the best.

Free Wi-Fi!

There is free access to wireless internet in most public places – libraries, parks and squares. The majority of cafés, bars and restaurants also provide free wireless internet. Just ask the staff for the password.