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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. 

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.

Utilities

If you are thinking about renting an apartment, please keep in mind that the utility costs (water, electricity, central heating in winter, etc.) are mostly calculated separately and are not included in the price of rent. Utility costs can be quite high, starting from EUR 70 in summer up to EUR 200 in winter.

Electricity

The electrical voltage in Latvia is 220, and electrical plugs used here are the same as in the rest of continental Europe, meaning, a two-wire plug with two round horizontal prongs (sockets should accept 4.0-4.8 mm round contacts on 19 mm centres). Students bringing electrical appliances from countries with different plugs or electrical voltage should buy an adapter.

Recommended by RSU students

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:

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 1homeat1home[pnkts]eu (e-mail) 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 1homeat1home[pnkts]eu (e-mail) 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 infoatbesthotel[pnkts]lv (e-mail )or phone; see www.besthotel.lv 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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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 hotelatnb[pnkts]lv (e-mail) or phone +371 67 815 333; see www.nb.lv 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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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 infoathotela1[pnkts]lv (e-mail) or phone +371 67 282 942; see www.hotela1.lv/en 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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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 infoatprimohotel[pnkts]lv (e-mail) or phone +371 67454571. Website: www.primohotel.lv

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

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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 infoatrigastylehostel[pnkts]com (e-mail) or phone +371 67280830 or +371 29122213.

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

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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 infoatjanne[pnkts]lv (subject: Reservation%20at%20Janne%20Hostel%20from%20RSU%20student) (e-mail) 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: 400 EUR  (utilities and wifi included). There is a fridge, kettle, tableware, microwave; the price also includes towel and bed sheet changing 2 times a month.
  • Apartment: 500 EUR (utilities included; the price also includes towel and bed sheet changing 2 times a month)

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 rbridgehotelatgmail[pnkts]com (e-mail) 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 infoatvillandhotel[pnkts]lv (e-mail) 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

Renting 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
StudyInRiga
Phone: +371 26176273
Address: 6 Progresa St., Riga, LATVIA
E-mail:  valdisatstudyinRiga[pnkts]com
Ms Iveta Putniņa
Phone: +371 26463558
Address: 10 Ropažu St., Riga, LATVIA
E-mail:  iveta[pnkts]putninaatober-haus[pnkts]lv
Ms Sandra DT Globe
DT Globe Ltd.
Phone: +371 27066323
Address: 62-2 Dzirnavu St., Riga, LATVIA
E-mail:  infoatdtglobe[pnkts]lv
 

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. Real estate agencies

Kivi Real Estate

Ms Evita Ažīte
Phone: +371 67283988
GSM: +371 28660413
E-mail:  evitaatkivi[pnkts]lv
Address: 5-4 Tērbatas St., Riga, LATVIA

Arco Real Estate

Mr Dzintars Bērziņš
Phone: + 371 67079216
GSM: +371 26137222
E-mail:  dzintars[pnkts]berzinsatarcoreal[pnkts]lv (  )
Address: 39 Brīvības St., Riga, LATVIA

Art Estate

Mr Amirans Kavtaradze
Phone: +371 26666987
E-mail:  amiransatartestate[pnkts]lv
Address: Valdemāra 18-1 St., Riga, LATVIA

Dream Property

Mr Jānis Luste
Phone: +371 28626626
E-mail:  janisatdreamproperty[pnkts]lv
Address: 87 Dzirnavu St., Riga, LATVIA

Global Home

Mr Artūrs Slišāns
Phone: +371 26322137
E-mail:  artursatglobalhome[pnkts]lv

City Real Estate

Mr Ernests Ēriks Markovskis
Phone: +37129904259
E-mail: ernestsatcityreal[pnkts]lv

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.

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

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:
E-mail:  infoathoteljanne[pnkts]lv
Phone: +371 26 988 869
Web: http://hoteljanne.lv/en/for-students-long-term-living/

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TIA HOTEL
Address: 63 Kr. Valdemāra Street, Riga

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:
E-mail: diana[pnkts]nekrasovaattia[pnkts]lv, tiaattia[pnkts]lv
Phone: +371 67333918
Website: www.tia.lv

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CLARION COLLECTION HOTEL "VALDEMĀRS"
Address: 23 Kr. Valdemāra Street, Riga

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:  reservationRigaatkolonna[pnkts]com
Phone: +371 67334462
Website: www.valdemars.lv

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KOLONNA HOTEL Riga (KOLONNA HOTELS)
Address: 9 Tirgoņu Street, Riga

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:  reservationRigaatkolonna[pnkts]com
Phone: +371 67358254
Website: www.hotelkolonna.com

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HOTEL BRIGITA (KOLONNA HOTELS)
Address: 11 Saulkalnes Street, Riga

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:  reservationbrigitaatkolonna[pnkts]com
Phone: +371 67623000
Website: www.hotelkolonna.com

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HOTEL "KONVENTA SĒTA" (KOLONNA HOTELS)
Address: 9 Kalēju Street, Riga

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:  reservationsatkonventa[pnkts]lv
Phone: +371 67087507
Website: www.hotelkolonna.com

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ELEFANT HOTEL 
Address: 90 Kalnciema Street, Riga

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:
E-mail:  reservationsatelefanthotel[pnkts]lv
Phone: +371 67225560
Website: http://wellton.com/en/elefant-hotel/about-hotel

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PRIMO HOTEL
Address: 62 Nometņu Street, Riga

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:
E-mail:  infoatprimohotel[pnkts]lv
Phone: +371 67454571
Website: www.primohotel.lv

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BELLEVUE PARK HOTEL RIGA
Address: 1 Slokas Street, Riga

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

Services include: Wi-fi, breakfast, room service, taxes, gym

Distance to RSU: 15 minutes
Public transport: Trams #4 or 5, Bus #54

Reservations:
E-mail:  reservationsatbellevue[pnkts]lv
Phone: +371 67069000
Website: www.hotelbellevue.lv

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HOTEL KURŠI
Address: 30 Dubultu prospekts, Jūrmala

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

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:
E-mail:  infoatkurshihotel[pnkts]lv
Phone: +371 67769350
Website: www.kurshihotel.lv

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