Accommodation and Living

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As in many other European cities, the demand for reasonably priced accommodation options is very high, and therefore student housing facilities are limited. At the same time, the city’s private rental market is considerably cheaper than that in other European cities, and therefore is rather appealing to international students studying at RSU. 

 

In general, upon their arrival in Riga, students choose to stay in hotels or hostels, and only then do they start looking for long-term accommodation options. When choosing where to live, many factors should be considered, the various districts of Riga being one of the most important ones. To help you with that, we have drafted an information sheet on the disctricts of Riga and some renting tips. We strongly advise you to take notice of these suggestions, so please click on the document to the right, and read it through. 

 

Below you will find additional suggestions when looking for a place to live in Riga.

Districts Riga
Rooms in the RSU Student Hostel are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested, please fill the application form. Please read the "RSU Hostel" description below.
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Hostels

In the first few days after arrival some students choose to stay in various student hostels around Riga. RSU students have previously stayed in the following hostels:

Even though RSU does not cooperate with these hostels, many of our students have stayed there and left a positive feedback, therefore if the price and services suit you, feel free to contact them. Additionaly, you can search for other hostels via www.hostels.com or www.hostelz.com

Long-Term Stay

1Home Student Accommodation

Address: around the city of Riga

1Home provides high-quality and affordable accommodation for students in Riga with almost 400 student places in offer. 1Home Student Apartments are located around the city center & the universities. They are freshly renovated by high quality standards to offer a comfortable stay for the students. Most of the apartments have 4-6 rooms and come with a shared kitchen and bathrooms.

All the necessary services are taken care of:

  • Customer Service and Property Management service in English, Latvian or Russian;
  • Weekly cleaning;
  • High speed Wi-Fi;
  • Possibility to buy bed pack;
  • Fixed utilities (50 EUR) all year (include heating, water and electricity).

Room rate: from 140 EUR/month

To reserve a room, please contact the hotel by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone +371 22 324 579; see 1home.eu for further details.

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1Home Student Hotel

Address: 2 Lauvas Street, Riga

1Home Student Hotel provides all the comforts one needs and is where the real student life happens. Offering both single, double and triple rooms, the rooms come with all the necessary furniture, private bathrooms and weekly cleaning service. Shared kitchen is located on each floor, with Lux rooms having a private kitchen area. Located 15 minutes away from the centre of Riga.

The price includes:

  • High speed Wi-Fi;
  • Utilities (include heating, water and electricity consumption);
  • Weekly room cleaning;
  • Changing bed sheets every two weeks;
  • Access to laundry and free time room.

Room rate: from 99 EUR/month

To reserve a room, please contact the hotel by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone +371 22 324 579; see 1home.eu/student-hotel for further details.

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Best Hotel

Address: 9/11 Ģimnastikas Street, Riga

Best Hotel is located in a quiet and green area only 4 km from the Old Town, 6 km from Riga Stradiņš University and 6 km from Riga International Airport. The convenient location of the hotel guarantees pain-free travel to any spot in the city. There is a direct 20 min bus route (No. 46) to RSU.

Room rates:

  • Single: EUR 300.00 per month
  • Single (breakfast): EUR 350.00 per month

To reserve a room, please contact the hotel by  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or phone; see www.besthotel.lv for further details.

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In order to receive the price mentioned above, please include information stating that you are an RSU student!

Hotel NB

Address: 49 Slokas Street, Riga

NB Hotel is just perfect for RSU students - located in a 5-minute walking distance from RSU, while the Old Town and the airport are only a 15-minute drive away. There is also a direct tram line passing the hotel and going to the RSU Anatomy Centre. The hotel will definitely suit you if you prefer quiet and green surroundings with Rīga Botanical Gardens situated nearby.

Room rates:

  • Single: EUR 300.00 per month
  • Single (breakfast): EUR 340.00 per month (starting 10 January 2016)

To reserve a room, please contact the hotel by  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or phone +371 67 815 333; see www.nb.lv for further details.

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In order to receive the price mentioned above, please include information stating that you are an RSU student!

A1 Hotel

Address: 38 A. Čaka Street, Riga

A1 Hotel is a hotel located in the centre of Riga. The hotel is suitable for those who want to be in the middle of different activities – it is close to the Central Railway Station, Riga Bus Terminal and big shopping centres like ORIGO, STOCKMANN and GALLERY “CENTRE”. The entrance to the hotel is from Ģertrūdes Street.

Room rates:

  • Single: EUR 340.00 per month
  • Single (breakfast): EUR 390.00 per month

To reserve a room, please contact the hotel by  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or phone +371 67 282 942; see www.hotela1.lv/en for further details.

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In order to receive the price mentioned above, please include information stating that you are an RSU student!

Primo Hotel

Address: 62 Nometņu Street, Riga

Primo Hotel is located in the very centre of Āgenskalns District, popular with RSU students for having very good transport connections to RSU and the Old Town. Very close to a market and a supermarket. The hotel has already hosted RSU students in 2012 and 2013!

Room rates:

  • Single – EUR 450.00 per month
  • Twin – EUR 660 per month

The above prices include hot buffet breakfast, wi-fi, taxes and room service.

To reserve a room, please contact the hotel by  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or phone +371 67454571. Website: www.primohotel.lv

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In order to receive the price mentioned above, please include information stating that you are an RSU student!

Riga Style Hostel

Address: 4 A. Kalniņa Street, Riga

Riga Style Hostel is located in the centre of Riga. It is close to the Railway station, the Central Bus station, the Old Town and several shopping centres. There is a park at the end of the street. The hostel’s kitchen looks more like a stylish cafeteria and the common room is a living room for the youth with TV & DVD, as well as a huge comfy leather sofa, shisha, karaoke system, foosball table, disco ball and friendly environment.

Room rates:

  • From EUR 7.00 per night/per dorm room
  • EUR 140–270 per month

To reserve a room, please contact the hotel by  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or phone +371 67280830 or +371 29122213.

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In order to receive the price mentioned above, please include information stating that you are an RSU student!

Janne Hotel

Address: 18 Pilsoņu Street, Rīga

Janne Hotel is located in the historical centre of Āgenskalns District, only a 10-minute drive away from Riga Oldtown and RSU. The hotel is housed in a 100-year old building, fully renovated and opened in June 2014! It is very close to a supermarket, the RSU Student Hostel and Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital. There is a direct bus route to RSU. A quiet and peaceful place for your studies.

Room rates:

  • Single or twin room with kitchenette: 450 EUR (there is a fridge, kettle and microwave oven in the kitchenette; the price also includes towel and bed sheet changing once a week)
  • Apartment: 500 EUR (utilities included; the price also includes towel and bed sheet changing once a week)
  • House: 600 EUR (utilities included; the price also includes towel and bed sheet changing once a week)

Please note that reservations for 4 months or more have preference; if your reservation is for a shorter term, we keep the right to change it or cancel two weeks before the reservation.

If the reservation is for 4 months or more:

  • you will get a discount (50 EUR off the monthly rate);
  • you will get a final confirmation as soon as possible and it will not be changed.

Bond money must be paid in the amount of two months.

To reserve a room, please contact the hotel by  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or phone +371 26 988 869, see their website for further details.

In order to receive the price mentioned above, please include information stating that you are an RSU student!

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Riga Academic Guest House

Address: 9 Liepājas Street, Rīga

Apartments in the newly renovated Guest House for single or double/twin use, only a 10-minute drive away from Riga Oldtown and RSU. It is very close to a supermarket, the RSU Student Hostel and Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital. There is a direct bus route to RSU. Apartments are available for International students of all universities, so you will have wonderful neighbors - international and exchange students from different universities of Riga to share your experience with and find new friends and connections.

Room rates:

  • Apartments for 1–2 persons with kitchen and private WC/shower: 300 EUR + utilities (utilities: 80–110 EUR/per month/per apartment). There is a fridge, kettle, tableware, microwave; the price also includes towel and bed sheet changing 3 times a month.
  • Apartment: 500 EUR (utilities included; the price also includes towel and bed sheet changing once a week)

Please note that reservations for 4 months or more have preference; if your reservation is for a shorter term, we keep the right to change it or cancel two weeks before the reservation. If the reservation is for 4 months or more, you will get a final confirmation as soon as possible and it will not be changed.

Bond money must be paid in the amount of two months.

To book the apartment, please contact the hostess by e-mail or phone +371 22174400, see their website for further details.

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Bridge Hotel

Address:6 Daugavgrīvas Street, Rīga

The Bridge Hotel is located in district, popular with RSU students for having very good transport connections to RSU (5 min.) and Old Town (5 min.). The Olimpija supermarket is a 10-minute walk away.

Room rates:

  • Single: 250–350 EUR per month
  • Double: 170–200 EUR per month/per person

Rates include accommodation in the room with furniture and bedding, free Wi-Fi, fully equipped kitchen

Extras: laundry, small refrigerator in the room

To reserve a room, please contact the hotel by e-mail  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or phone +371 29509040

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Villand Hostel

Address: 22 Viļānu Street, Riga

Villand Hotel/Guesthouse offers private and shared rooms for long-term stay and rent. The hotel offers large rooms with furniture and bedding, free Wi-Fi, equipped kitchen, utensils, microwave and washing machine as well as free parking at the hotel. Although the price is really good, the district around the hotel is not considered to be the best.

Room rates:

  • Single: EUR 215.00 per month
  • Double: EUR 110.00 per month/per person
  • Triple: EUR 90.00 per month/per person

To reserve a room, please contact the hotel by  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or phone +371 25541866 or +371 2712 5490; see http://villandhotel.lv/en/ for further details.

In order to receive the price mentioned above, please include information stating that you are an RSU student!

Apartment Rental

Riga DistrictsRenting an apartment in Riga is cheaper, if you are willing to share: the average costs per person will be lower if you are, for example, five students renting a five-room flat, rather than renting a one room flat on your own. The price also depends on the quality of the flat and the area, but the average price for a one room apartment is EUR 250.00 or higher. If you are thinking about renting a flat, please keep in mind that the utility costs can be quite high, starting from EUR 70.00 in summer up to EUR 200.00 in winter. These costs include water, electricity, central heating in winter, etc.

When looking for a flat to rent, you will be given an option to choose the region in Riga you are interested in. Here you can download a PDF file with our suggestions for picking a district to live in Riga with tips on what to keep in mind when renting an apartment.

If you are interested in renting a flat, you can use the services of real estate agencies and individual agents and other websites that offer apartment rental. Below you will find several contacts that we suggest since these agents/companies have been in touch with us for at least 2 years and the overall cooperation has been positive.

 

INDIVIDUAL AGENTS

The real estate agents mentioned below have helped a number of RSU international students for a couple of years now and will be happy to assist you in the process or renting an apartment. Since we specifically suggest only these two agents and knowing that there might be many requests for apartments from you, please allow reasonable time for the agents to offer some options for you.

 

Mr VALDIS SALAKS
Phone: +371 26176273
Address: 6 Progresa St., Riga, LATVIA
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Ms Iveta Putniņa
Phone: +371 26463558
Address: 10 Ropažu St., Riga, LATVIA
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Ms Sandra DT Globe
Phone: +371 27066323
Address: 62-2 Dzirnavu St., Riga, LATVIA
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REAL ESTATE AGENCIES

The real estate agents mentioned below have been in touch with us for several years already and are helping students every semester. Please feel free to choose any of them. 

Kivi Real Estate

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Arco Real Estate

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Ms Evita Ažīte

Phone: +371 67283988

GSM: +371 28660413

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Address: 5-4 Tērbatas St., Riga, LATVIA

Mr Dzintars Bērziņš

Phone: + 371 67079216

GSM: +371 26137222

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Address: 39 Brīvības St., Riga, LATVIA  

Mr Amirans Kavtaradze

Phone: +371 26666987

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Address: Valdemāra 18-1 St., Riga, LATVIA

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Dream Property

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Mr Artūrs Slišāns

Phone: +371 26322137

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Mr Jānis Luste

Phone: +371 28626626

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Address: 87 Dzirnavu St., Riga, LATVIA

Mr Raitis Velps

Phone: +371 27316136

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Address: 8 Bruņinieku St., Riga, LATVIA

 

ADVERTISEMENTS ON THE INTERNET

These real estate companies or websites have been offering their services time after time so we believe that some students have found apartments through them. Please feel free to check them out.

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All of the above sites provide information in English and you can often find good offers posted there, sometimes directly from the owners. However, you should be sensible and selective in order to avoid fake or inadequate offers, therefore we would suggest you avoid visiting potentially untrustworthy sites such as www.ss.lv or www.reklama.lv.

Short-Term Stay

Please find below information about several short-term accommodation options we suggest. These are mostly for those of you who have not found apartments in Riga. We suggest long-term stay options since they already have RSU students living there. However, also most short-term options are worth considering since they offer friendlier prices. However, do not forget to inform the hotels that you are a RSU incoming student to receive the indicated prices!

JANNE HOTEL

Address: 18 Pilsoņu Street, Rīga

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Description:

Janne Hotel is located in the historical centre of the Āgenskalns District, only a 10 min drive-away from Riga Oldtown and RSU. The hotel is housed in a 100-year old building, fully renovated and opened in June, 2014. It is located very close to a supermarket, the RSU Student Hostel and Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital. There is a direct bus route to RSU.

Room rates:

Single: 40.00 EUR per night
Twin/double: 52.00 EUR per night

For best prices look for long-term accommodation opportunities at Janne Hotel.

Services include: Utilities, wi-fi, taxes
Distance to RSU: 10 minutes
Public transport: Bus #46
Reservations:
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Phone: +371 26 988 869

TIA HOTEL

Address: 63 Kr. Valdemāra Street, Riga tia-hotel
Description: Located in the centre of Riga only 5 minutes away from the Old Town. Very good transport connections to RSU and the Old Town with trolleybus stop only 100 metres away.
Room rates:

Single: EUR 35.00*/45.00 per night (including hot buffet breakfast)
Double: EUR 42.00*/56.00 per night (including hot buffet breakfast)
* Prices for low season 1 October – 30 April

Services include: Wi-fi, room service, taxes
Distance to RSU: 20 minutes
Public transport: Trolleybus #25
Reservations:
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Phone: +371 67333918
Website: www.tia.lv

CLARION COLLECTION HOTEL "VALDEMĀRS"

Address: 23 Kr. Valdemāra Street, Riga

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Description: Hotel "Valdemārs" is located in central Riga, only a few minutes’ walk from the Old Town. Many cosy restaurants and cafes are nearby, as well as Riga’s main attractions. The hotel is close to RSU Anatomy Theatre and with very convenient public transport connections to RSU and hospitals in Riga.
Room rates:
Single: EUR 45.00 per night per person
Double: EUR 55.00 per night per room
Services include: Room service, breakfast, waffles in the afternoon, an evening meal, complementary coffee, tea and fruits, free WiFi, 24 hour reception.
Distance to RSU: 20 minutes
Public transport: Trolleybus #21
Reservations:
E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: +371 67334462

KOLONNA HOTEL Riga (KOLONNA HOTELS)

Address: 9 Tirgoņu Street, Riga

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Description:

Located in the heart of the Old Town. Very close to all major attractions in the historic part of Riga. Excellent transport connections to RSU with bus, trolley-bus and tram stops only a couple of minutes away.  

Room rates:
1 person – 231 EUR per week (33 EUR per night)
2 persons – 266 EUR per week (38 EUR per night)
Minimum duration of stay – 1 week
Services include: Wi-fi, breakfast, room service
Distance to RSU: 30 minutes
Public transport: Tram # 4; Trolleybus # 9; Buses # 4, 21, 38, 39
Reservations:
E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: +371 67358254

HOTEL BRIGITA (KOLONNA HOTELS)

Address: 11 Saulkalnes Street, Riga

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Description: Located in Pārdaugava – a quiet and green area of Riga. About 25 or 30 minutes away from the Old Town and city centre (by public transport). A direct bus route to RSU is 3 minutes away from the hotel.
Room rates:
1 person – 175 EUR per week (25 EUR per night)
2 persons – 210 EUR per week (30 EUR per night)
Minimum duration of stay – 1 week
Services include: Wi-fi, breakfast, room service
Distance to RSU: 30 minutes
Public transport: Bus #46
Reservations:
E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: +371 67623000
Website: www.hotelkolonna.com

HOTEL "KONVENTA SĒTA" (KOLONNA HOTELS)

Address: 9 Kalēju Street, Riga

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Description: Located in the centre of the Old Town. Very close to all major attractions in the historic part of Riga. Excellent transport connections to RSU with bus, trolley-bus and tram stops only a couple of minutes away.
Room rates:
1 person – 280 EUR per week (40 EUR per night)
2 persons – 350 EUR per week (50 EUR per night)
Minimum duration of stay – 1 week
Services include: Wi-fi, breakfast, room service, kitchen upon request
Distance to RSU: 30 minutes
Public transport: Tram # 4; Trolleybus # 9; Buses # 4, 21, 38, 39
Reservations:
E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: +371 67087507
Website: www.hotelkolonna.com

ELEFANT HOTEL 

Address: 90 Kalnciema Street, Riga elefant-hotel
Description:

The recently opened hotel is situated midway between the Airport and the Old Town. Close to one of the biggest shopping malls in Riga. To get to RSU, you will have to switch public transport.

Room rates:
Single: EUR 196.00 per week (EUR 28.00 per night)
Minimum duration of stay: 2 weeks
Services include: Wi-fi, breakfast, room service, taxes
Distance to RSU: 25 minutes
Public transport: Buses #22, 32, 35, 43 or 53; then switch to Trolleybuses #9 or 25
Reservations:
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Phone: +371 67225560

PRIMO HOTEL

Address: 62 Nometņu Street, Riga

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Description:

Located in the very centre of Āgenskalns District. Very good transport connections to RSU and the Old Town. Very close to a market and a supermarket. The hotel has already hosted RSU students in 2012!

Room rates:
Single (1 week): EUR 168 (EUR 24.00 per night)
Single (2 weeks): EUR 294.00 (EUR 21.00 per night)
Single (3 weeks): EUR 378 (EUR 18.00 per night)
Twin (1 week): EUR 224.00 (EUR 32.00 per night)
Twin (2 weeks): EUR 406.00 (EUR 29.00 per night)
Twin (3 weeks): EUR 546.00 (EUR 26.00 per night)
Services include: Wi-fi, hot buffet breakfast, room service, taxes
Distance to RSU: 15 minutes
Public transport: Buses #4, 4z, 21, 38, 39 or 46
Reservations:
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Phone: +371 67454571


BELLEVUE PARK HOTEL RIGA

Address: 1 Slokas Street, Riga hotel-bellevue-exterior-2015
Description: Located midway between RSU and the Old Town. Easy access to the airport – hotel shuttle bus available on request. Tram and bus going to RSU has a stop right outside the hotel.
Room rates:
1 May – 31 August 2015
Standard single: EUR 40.00 per night
Standard double: EUR 45.00 per night
 
1 September – 30 April
Standard single: EUR 30.00 per night
Standard double: EUR 35.00 per night
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Distance to RSU: 15 minutes
Public transport: Trams #4 or 5, Bus #54
Reservations:
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Phone: +371 67069000

 HOTEL KURŠI

Address: 30 Dubultu prospekts, Jūrmala hotel-kursi-1
Description: Apartments located in Jūrmala – the most famous seaside resort in Latvia. Although you need to take train and most probably tram/trolleybus/bus to get to the university, the place is great with the Baltic Sea shore only 5 minutes away! The train station is also about 5 minutes from the hotel.
Room rates: 2 room apartment (46 m2): EUR 441.00 per month (living room + bedroom)
Services include: Utilities, Wi-fi, parking, room service, TV, taxes hotel-kursi-2
Distance to RSU: 1 hour
Public transport: Train or minibus; then switch to Tram #2, Buses #4, 4z, 21, 38, 39 or 46, Trolleybuses #9 or 25
Reservations:
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Phone: +371 67769350

RSU Hostel

RSU Student Hostel 

Address: 17 Mārupes Street, Riga

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Description:

The Student Hostel is located in the "Āgenskalns" district, and it is a 5 minute walking distance away from the Stradiņš Hospital, and 20 minutes away from the RSU Main building. There are good public transport connections, and the Old Town, too, is approximately 20 minutes away.

Each room is equipped with a bed (including a pillow, a blanket and bed linen), a table, a chair and a wardrobe as well as a fridge.

Kitchen and WC facilities are shared, and are located in the hallway of each floor. Please note that kitchen utensils, pots and pans have to be brought in by each studentShowers are also shared, and they are located in the hallway of each floor! 

Room rates:
Single room: EUR 200 per month
Twin room: EUR 110 per month 
Electricity bill must be paid separately (EUR 10-15 on average)
Services include: Utilities, Wi-fi (10 Mb/sec.), parking, rehearsal room, laundry room

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Distance to RSU: 20 minutes
Public transport:
Tram #2 (the stop is 500 m away)
Trolleybus #5
Buses #7, 8, 25, 44, 46, 55, 56
Reservations:
If you are interested, please fill the application form.
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Phone: +371 67406262

Living Costs

The cost of living in Riga is similar to most European cities of its size. Most students coming to Latvia from other EU countries find Latvia to be even cheaper than their home countries; however, the cost of living depends very much on one’s choice of lifestyle. As a rough guide, we recommend a minimum of EUR 600 per month (including accommodation) for expenses such as phone, food, study materials, local transport, hobbies, leisure, etc. The table on the right gives an overview of the costs of living in Riga.

 Average low per monthAverage high per month
Rent EUR 250 EUR 400
Food EUR 200 EUR 400
Utilities and services EUR 100 EUR 200
Public transport EUR 30 EUR 30
Entertainment EUR 50 EUR 150
Other EUR 100 EUR 200
Total EUR 730 EUR 1380

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact RSU Immigration and Accommodation Officer:

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Daina Ozola
Immigration and Accommodation Officer

Address: 16 Dzirciema Str., Room K-218
Phone:+371 67 409 262 (UTC+3)
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