WELCOME DAY AT AMEU
At the beginning of semester, we organize an introduction Welcome day for all incoming students. On that day we provide students information about the teaching-learning process, get to know them with academic formalities, integrate them with the other foreign students, interact with facilities, etc. It usually takes place in campus Maribor.
Upon the commencement of lectures, students are generally engaged in the introduction week. This is a fantastic opportunity for newcomers to get familiarized with the school and staff, as well as some of their future classmates. There is also a traditional “brucovanje” event held in November, when older students “initiate” the firstyears into the student body. Towards the end of the year, in December, there is a so called “Slavnostna Akademija” (Celebratory Academy), which hosts some well-respected speakers and there’s even a concert!
Hunting for the right place to suit your needs and wishes is difficult, but we’re here to help! As a foreigner, your choices are generally split into three categories – you can stay in student dormitories, find a hostel room or share an apartment.
Prices vary depending on location and type. Accommodation in Ljubljana is slightly higher than Maribor. The price of dormitories, depending on room size and category is typically around 64 – 200€ / month. Renting a room in an apartment is a bit more expensive, starting from 120€ / month, depending on the location, size, adaptation, furnishing etc. There are usually one- or two-bed rooms. Utilities would cost you additional 50€ / month. Finding a roommate in the Alma Mater community is always a good idea, as it is an easy way to stay on top of your studies, make friends and bring down the cost of housing. Here are a few useful links to help you in your search:
|University of Ljubljana Dormitories||http://www.stud-dom-lj.si/|
|Private student dorm ZAŠ||https://www.studentskidom-lj.si/studentski-dom-bezigrad|
|Private student dorm Vincencij||http://solstvo.rkc.si/ustanove/studentski-domovi/studentski-dom-vincencij/|
|University of Maribor Dormitories||www.studentskidomovi.um.si/portal/index.php/our-dormitories|
|Mini student dorm||http://www.ministudent.com/|
|Apartments & Rooms|
Certain websites are only in Slovene. You can use Google Chrome to have them instantly and fully translated into your language of choice. Should you have difficulty obtaining the necessary information, please contact our International Office.
TEMPORARY RESIDENCE PERMIT
Foreign student, who is accepted to study, may be issued a temporary residence permit in Slovenia. Residence registration is the registration of your place of residence on Slovenian territory and is mandatory for all residents. You must register your temporary residence in Slovenia at the administrative unit where you reside within eight days of entering Slovenia or receiving the document showing the legality of your temporary residence.
When registering a temporary residence, you must submit:
Application form for EU + EEA citizen
Copy of Identity card or Passport (and the original as the proof)
Confirmation of Enrolment or Acceptance letter from the host institution
Copy of European health insurance card or any other health insurance policy (and the original as the proof)
Declaration of sufficient finances: demonstration of min. 402,18€ per month
Passport size photo
Declaration of temporary residence: copy of accommodation contract or any other proof of accommodation in Slovenia (and the original as the proof)
Slovenia has a long tradition of so-called “študentski boni” (student vouchers), where the government subsidize one or two meal per day to all students, including Erasmus and international. The subsidy is worth 2.60 € and can be used at restaurants all over Slovenia, using a mobile application platform. Read more HERE.
Before coming to Slovenia, please arrange an appropriate health insurance, covering medical expenses, accidents, and liability.
If you are an European Union citizen or a citizen of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you can apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). You can obtain the European Health Insurance Card free of charge by contacting your local health authority. EHIC covers basic and emergency healthcare costs. An additional insurance package might be necessary for adequate coverage of medical costs, therefore, make sure to arrange the insurance in your home country prior to arrival in Slovenia.
If you are a non-EU citizen, please settle the insurance in your home country prior to arrival in Slovenia.
COST OF LIFE
The cost of life in Slovenia varies greatly on one’s lifestyle and preference. You will need minimum 200€ /month for all your food-related expenses, excluding tobacco or alcohol. Given the small size of Slovenian cities, cost of transport is very much dependent on personal lifestyle – most locals either walk or use a bicycle to get around town.
BANKS & CURRENCY
The official currency of Slovenia is the EURO (€). There are several international banks, as well as some local ones such as Abanka, Nova KBM, SKB, Delavska Hranilnica, etc. They are generally open from 8am to 5pm, with a lunch break in between. Some banks offer cheap or even free creation of accounts for students. You can withdraw funds from most foreign bank accounts at local ATMs, however, you may be charged a service fee for the transaction. Please inquire into the details with your home bank – they may also provide you with a list of places where you can access your account.
Looking for an exciting evening to unwind after a long day? Albeit small, a diverse selection of bars and clubs are open late into the night.
Ljubljana: Marked on your map, you will find Metelkova, which is a well-known for alternative culture and nightlife. Check out also places such as ČinČin (Tobačna), Božidar, Pritličje and Centralna postaja in the city centre, Circus, Shooters and others. For rock music visit Orto bar, for electronic Klub K4, for jazz and ethno Soho Ljubljana.
Maribor: Marked on your map, you will find Poštna ulica, a well-known street full of bars and restaurants. Many Erasmus students will venture to KMŠ nightclub for an evening of dancing. If you’re looking for an evening of alternative and blues music, you can also check out Satchmo – for those of you who enjoy Latin music, Fuego and Tacos have got you covered! For a more lounge-y feel, hop over to Niagara.
While going out is an important part of enjoying youth, you should always do so safely! Look after your belongings and if possible, bring a friend or two!
SOCIAL ACTIVITIES FOR ERASMUS+ STUDENTS
Exchange at Alma Mater Europaea is not only hard work and study. Our Erasmus+ tutors make sure that students on study exchange have some fun too! Each semester, various activities take place, such as traditional brunch in café Nana, Wine tasting at the traditional Old Vine House in Maribor, viewing the classic derby of Slovenian football: NK Maribor vs NK Olimpija, trips to different parts of Slovenia, and many more.
The mission of ESN is to help with the academic, social integration of Erasmus+ and other foreign students into the local environment. This is mainly done through activities by local students, that are doing very best by organizing many cultural and social events within Welcome weeks such as trips to various places within Slovenia and and other neighbour countries, film nights, language projects, international food festival etc.
Find more here:
|Hospital||www.sb-mb.si||+386 2 3211000|
|Telephone subscriber information||www.tis.telekom.si||1188|
|Road breakdown assistance||www.amzs.info||1987|
|Tourist information Ljubljana||https://www.visitljubljana.com/en/visitors/|
|Railway station Maribor||www.slo-zeleznice.si||+386 2 2922160|
|Bus station Ljubljana||https://www.ap-ljubljana.si/||1991|