Living in Vilnius

Currency 

The Lithuanian currency is euro. Foreign currency may be exchanged at banks, exchange offices, the airport, and the railway station.

Opening a bank account

If you get a monthly scholarship from Vilnius University you will be asked to open a bank account. Bank will be requested to show your passport and a letter of Mediation, issued by your coordinator at Vilnius University International Office.  International Programmes and Relations Office will be on hand to give you more information on how to open a bank account. 

At the bank you will be asked to complete paper application forms. To feel more comfortable, ask your mentor for assistance.  Banks have limited number of accounts for international students and some at them charge an annual fee. All banks provide online banking services. 

You must close your account before leaving the country!

Costs of living

Be realistic while planning your expenses during your stay in Vilnius. It is essential that you have enough money for the whole duration of your study period.  It is quite complicated to find part-time job in Lithuania.

Estimated average living expenses for a single person for one month in University residences

Cost of living/ per month/ per person (EUR)
 
Accommodation at VU dormitories
~100
Food
175
Materials for studies
43
Social/leisure
75
Public transport
6
Hygiene goods
30
Other
60
TOTAL
489

Please note that these figures represent the average cost of living in Vilnius.

Compare prices in Vilnius and your country (EUR)
 
A cup of regular coffee
1,74
Photocopy (1 page)
0,03
Bread (1 kg in a shop)
1
Milk (1 litre)
0,75
Day menu in café (soup, main dish, sift drink)
3,77
Cinema ticket
5,21
Book (popular book, hard cover)
10,00
 

Telephone

All public phones in Vilnius require telephone cards, which are available in the Central Post Office and kiosks.

For those who want to use a mobile phone in Lithuania may choose between three mobile phone companies: Omnitel, Tele2  or Bite GSM . It is much cheaper to use a pre-paid card of one of these companies than to use services of your home country.

Emergency call from mobile phone: 112

 

Public Transport

Using public transport for the first time might seem complicated, but later you will get used to it.  We have a well connected transport system of buses and trolleybuses in Vilnius.

Routes and Timetables in Vilnius

Trolleybuses and buses start running at 5 a.m. and stop at midnight. For the timetables please visit  www.stops.lt. Information is available in 15 languages. Use a trip planner to check departure and arrival time. If you don’t know the exact stop you need, use a map with all bus stops to find the closest departure and destination stops.

Tickets

We recommend to purchase an e-ticket (“Vilniečio kortelė”) for the use of public transport. “Vilniečio kortelė” has to be credited with an appropriate amount of money and/or the selected type of public transport tickets.  New “Vilniečio kortelė” costs 1,50 euro. You can buy and top – up “Vilniečio kortelė” in all venues marked by sign “Vilniečio kortelė”. For more information please visit www.vilniustransport.lt

Remember to activate e-ticket when using the transport services, otherwise you will be charged a fixed amount.  E-ticket readers are available on board of public vehicle.

A student discount is available on presentation of a valid Student ID card. 

 

Climate

Lithuania’s climate is transitional between maritime and continental. The average temperature is approximately +20C (sometimes it rises over +30C) in summertime and -5C (it also may fall to -15 or -20C) in winter.

Detailed weather forecast for current day and weak is available on http://www.meteo.lt/english/

 

More tips could be found in INTERNATIONAL STUDENT GUIDE.