Tallinn city life
Tallinn is a modern and accessible city, where students can enjoy the mix between skyscrapers and medieval sights. The city centre offers restaurants, shops and hotels, while in the old town you can virtually step into history. There are regular outdoor festivals and the Old Town merges hundreds of wine bars, cafes and restaurants.
The Old Town impresses through its original architecture. The Town Hall is a stone building lasting from 1402, with a Gothic style design. You will also find there the oldest pharmacy from Europe, built in 1422. The Church of Holy Spirit is also highly visited by tourists.
Beyond the famous Old Town, Tallinn is famous for the zoo, puppet museum, TV Tower or the Kalma Sauna. You can re-live your childhood at the Piip & Tuut Playhouse, enjoy an evening in the Hell Hunt, “the first Estonian pub” or admire the city view from Lounge 24.
The everyday activities are very technology friendly: students buy movie tickets, park the car or reserve tables at the restaurant using mobile phone apps.
Public transport is free of charge for students in Tallinn and the theatre, concert, nightclub and movie tickets are at reasonable prices. Students also benefit of discounts or free entrances in nightclubs.
International atmosphere in Tallinn
In addition to the local Estonians, a third of the population is made up of Russians, while the other minorities are Byelorussians, Ukrainians and Finns. This is why the most commonly spoken languages in the city are Estonian and Russian.
However, English is widely spoken, especially when it comes to the service sector. You may also hear German and Finnish.Universities welcome international students from across the globe, offering them advanced teaching capabilities, through cooperation agreements with partner universities in countries worldwide. A great percent of foreigners work as regular academic employees in Tallinn.
Climate in Tallinn is temperate and mild, with breezes from the Baltic Sea. In summer, the average temperature is 21°C (70°F). During the winter, temperatures can drop to below -8° C (17°F[AP1] ). The longest daylight period is 19 hours, while the shortest winter day lasts six hours.