Living in Split
ESN Split, as a part of ESN (Erasmus student network) is non-profit student volunteer organization with mission to help ALL international students to integrate into Croatian culture and to help them with language and social life. More about ESN can be found at the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ESN-Split/249221911881127 .
ESN provides with “Buddy system” (Croatian students helping international before and during study period in Split) to all students incoming to the University of Split. Students can apply for the “Buddies” by contacting ESN through email address: email@example.com .
Croatia visa policy is fully harmonized with that of the EU and the classic visa regime applies for the citizens of Russia and Turkey as well as citizens of all those countries that need visa for entering the EU member countries. Nationals of countries subject to the visa requirement need to procure an entry visa for Croatia. Information on countries subject to the visa requirement can be found on the web site of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration. The visa application must be submitted to the diplomatic mission or consulate of the Republic of Croatia in the students home country. A list of missions and consulates is available on web site of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration.
According to the national legislation, foreign nationals (EU and non-EU) intending to study in Croatia must regulate their residence in Croatia. Regulated residence is the prerequisite for enrollment to the Faculty.
There are two types of residence permit, up to (short-term) and more than 90 days (temporary). Upon arrival, all students, except those accommodated in Student Residences Campus and Spinut (regulated directly by the student residence), must report firstly their short-term stay in Croatia to the Central Police Station within 72 hours upon entering Croatia. Address: Trg hrvatske bratske zajednice 9. Office hours: Monday-Friday, from 8.30 to 15.30 (summer time 14.30).
At least 7 days before a short-term residence permit expiring all students staying in Croatia more then 90 days (included those accommodated in Student Residences) should report their temporary stay at the above mentioned address with the letter confirming the purpose and period of students study staying in Croatia. This proof in croatian language is issued by:
- University of Split, International Relations Office, Ruđera Boškovića 31, Nothern Tower Split University Library, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for ERASMUS+ students,
- the relevant office in the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports for CEEPUS and national bilateral exchange students,
- Faculty of Economics, International Relations Officer for institutional bilateral exchange and freemover students.
Along with above mentioned letter of confirmation, the following documents must be presented with the application for temporary residence for the purpose of studying:
1. EU students
1. application form:
2. valid passport or ID card and its copy;
3. valid Euroepan Health Insurance card and its copy.
2. non-EU students
- application form:
- two colour photographs, 35x45 mm and 30x35mm;
- administrative fee in the amount of 20 HRK (can be bought at all newsstands);
- valid passport and copy of the first page with the photograph;
- proof of the appropriate health insurance (bilingual document) – issued by the home country competent authority, in case exists bilateral - agreement on social and health security of student home country and Croatia. Nationals of countries that do not have aforementioned agreement with Croatia have to report to the Croatian Institute for Health Insurance (HZZO - Hrvatski zavod za zdravstveno osiguranje) to establish their right to health insurance under Croatian health insurance regulations. For more information, see below the Health insurance section;
- proof of the sufficient means of support during students staying in Croatia - a scholarship or proof of having access to finances in the amount of at least 2,000 HRK (272 €uro) per month. The proof of receiving a scholarship is issued by the home university granting the scholarship. Other proof shall be parent's income, personal income, pensions and not a single fund deposit in Croatia or a credit card.
The fee for temporary residence permit of non-EU student is 500 HRK (around 67 €uro ). Non-EU students receiving a grant from the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports are exempted from this fee.
Temporary residence authorisation for non-EU students is issued in the form of a biometric ID card (the cost of this card is 240 HRK), while for EU students is issued in the form of Confirmation, for both with validation until the end of exam period.
Non-EU students should get all relevant original documents prior to arrival in Croatia. At the moment of application for a temporary residence, documents should not be older than 6 months. All original documents requested for temporary residence application must be officially translated into Croatian language. Approximate price of one sheet translation is around 20 €uro.
Date of expiry of passport (non-EU students) or ID card (EU students) should be at least 3 months longer then the departure date from Croatia to home country.
OIB is a personal tax number, in Croatian called “Osobni Identifikacijski Broj”. It is needed to students entitled to student X-card and to non-EU students residing in Croatia more than 90 days for the purpose of regulation of obligatory health insurance with Croatian Institute for Health Insurance (HZZO).
Both categories of students get OIB at the Central Tax Administration office in street Domovinskog rata 2, 2nd floor, room 4, office hours: 08:00-13:00, with break 10:30-11:00. The request form: http://www.porezna-uprava.hr/en/EN_obrasci/Documents/PINrequest.pdf is to be filled in and passport/ID card is to be presented. OIB is issued immediately and is free of charge.
Within 48 hours after entering Croatia, students should make both the OIB request (first step) and residence registration (second step). Offices are situated very close (5 minutes walking distance). It is very importat to state to the police clerk that you get the OIB n. before residence registration.
General health care services can be accessed by selecting a primary health care physician, whereas health care on other levels (e.g. hospital, specialist examinations) can be accessed by way of a reference document (uputnica) issued by the selected physician.
The student medical center is situated in street Šibenska 3, T.: 021/560-689.
Emergency service centres:
Dental care: Doverska 2, ground floor, tel.: 021/460-977, Sunday and holidays 24 hours
General medicine: Doverska 2, ground floor, tel.: 021/468-012, Sunday and holidays from 8 to 15 and after that at Emergency service clinic at Central hospital in street Spinčićeva 1, tel.: 021/389-522.
In urgent cases, the emergency service phone number is 94.
Information about Pharmacy (ljekarna) are provided under section Practical information/sub-section Services working hours.
Additional information regarding health insurance: http://www.hzzo-net.hr/english.php
1. EU students
Health care services are accessed with valid European Health Insurance card.
2. non-Eu students
Non Eu-students must be fully insured against illness, accidents, death and civil liability for the whole duration of the stay in Croatia. Regulated health insurance is the prerequisite for being granted temporary residence permit.
- Countries with health care agreements with Croatia
The issue of health care for foreign non EU-nationals during their stay in Croatia through the signed agreements on social security is regulated with some countries. Students should contact their public health insurance provider prior arrival in Croatia in order to check if there is an agreement on social security signed with Croatia. If yes, students will obtain the certificate which enables them to receive health care in Croatia. Upon arrival in Split, student should replace the certificate of healthcare entitlements with the patient’s certificate (in Croatian: bolesnički list) at the Croatian Institute for Health Insurance (HZZO - Hrvatski zavod za zdravstveno osiguranje), street Obala kneza Branimira 14, office hours: Monday-Friday from 08.00 to 15.30. On presentation of the patient’s certificate, student may obtain healthcare services from any doctor or health institution who has a contract with the HZZO within the scope established by bilateral agreement, but are required to pay participation fee if that is foreseen for Croatian insurees.
- Countries without health care agreements with Croatia
Students from countries which do not have social security agreements with Croatia (or if students are unable to obtain the document foreseen by the social security agreement) are obliged to become insured with the Croatian Institute for Health Insurance (HZZO). Steps are:
- upon arrival in Split present all necessary documents to the Central Police Station and get the OIB number;
- with OIB number go to HZZO office in street Obala kneza Branimira 14 with office hours: Monday-Friday from 08.00 to 15.30. who will register the student in temporary evidence and issue relevant confirmation which entitles student and binds the HZZO to medical insurance after the residence regulation;
- with the HZZO temporary confirmation, student returns to Central Police Station where the temporary residence permit is issued;
- after bringing a copy of the residence confirmation to the HZZO, the HZZO issues a document based on which the student attains the right to full health care within the network of physicians and health institutions of the HZZO (necessary documents: a copy of the first page of the passport, a copy of the passport page with visa and a copy of the residence confirmation);
- the monthly health insurance cost is approximately 400 HRK per month (around 55 €uro), for which the appropriate Tax Department of the Ministry of Finances sends money orders to the students’ registered place of residence in Croatia.
Average monthly living expenses in Croatia are estimated between 100 and 400 EUR, depending on the type of accommodation (student residence or privately rented housing). These amounts should be enough to cover food, accommodation, utilities, books, transportation and miscellaneous expenses. Of course, students may spend more or less than the estimated amounts, depending on their needs and lifestyle.
This information on the cost of living in Split should only be used as a guide (prices are per month):
Accommodation: 100 € (student residence), 150 - 400 € (private accommodation)*
Study material: mostly photocopies (0.03 €/copy)
Food: ERASMUS and CEEPUS students get student card X-ica: 50 €, OTHER (3 €/breakfast; 4€/lunch/dinner): 210 €
City transportation: 16 € (monthly bus ticket)
TOTAL: from 250 €
* Rents vary significantly according to location, room size, facilities etc. Other costs such as electricity, heating, water, Internet and phone connection are not included.
There are 3 options for 3 students’ categories:
- to rent a room in one of two Student residence halls Spinut and Campus (ERASMUS students)
Application for the student residence accommodation is to be made through the application form: . Deadline for winter semester and whole a.y. is 01 June and for summer semester is 01 November.
There is a limited number of beds in double rooms available at the Student residence Hostel Spinut and at the Campus student dorm, so an early-booking system „first come-first serves“ is in place. Students with severe disability will be given preference.
General terms and conditions of the accommodation in Spinut and Campus students halls including description, rent fees info, picture galleries and more is available at link .
2. to rent a private room or apartment (institutional bilateral, free-mover and ERASMUS students not being entitled accommodation in student residence)
The process of renting private accommodation should begin at least one month prior to arrival in Split. Students should seek private accommodation options independently. Monthly rent in private accommodation varies from 150 (bedroom, shared kitchen and bathroom) to 400 €uro (a nice studio apartment), depending on the location, room size, accommodation quality and facilities. Utilities such as electricity, heating, water, Internet and phone connection are sometimes included in the rent or students cover them separately. Rent is usually due at the beginning of each month. The landlords charge in advance a monthly fee to guarantee the damages in apartment. In case of non damages in apartment, this fee is given back to the student at the end of staying.
Useful web portals:
If an appropriate accommodation is not found before arrival in Split, temporary accommodation can be found at some hostels and economy-rate hotels in Split. For information and booking:
3. accommodation arranged by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports in Student residence halls (CEEPUS students and students of bilateral programmes of the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports)
ERASMUS, CEEPUS students, students of bilateral programmes of the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports and EU students are entitled to a student identity card X-card, so-called “iksica” which enables student to have government subsidised student meals at Student menza and cafeterias all over Croatia (how to get students X- card: http://www.efst.unist.hr/content.php?k=suradnja&p=308 ). The price of a subsidized menu meal is from 4,6 to 6 HRK (0,63 - 0,82 €/meal) and the meal includes soup, main course, salad and dessert. Weekly allowance is 225,40 HRK.
Non-EU students studying at EFST as part of a institutional bilateral exchange agreement or as guest students (free-movers) are not entitled to a student X-card.
Student meals are organized in 4 students' restaurants so-called “menza”, three of which are located at the University Campus Visoka (Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, and Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy) and one is located at Hostel Spinut. All have cafeteria and bar.
- Faculty of Economics: Monday-Friday: 07:30 - 20:00 (lunch-dinner: 12:00-15:00; 17:00-20:00)
- Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture: Monday-Friday: 07.30 – 19.30 (lunch: 12.00 - 15.00)
- Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy at Campus and Hostel restaurant in Spinut: Monday-Friday: 07.30-21.00 (lunch 12.00 - 15.00 and 18.00 - 21.00). These 2 restaurants are on weekend duty (one restaurant/weekend).
Traditional Croatian food includes different dishes - more information can be found at:
Direction Zagreb: by Highway A1 Zagreb-Split or by country road through the inland (Zagreb - Karlovac - National Park Plitvicka jezera- Knin - Sinj - Split).
Direction Rijeka: by country road travelling along the Adriatic coast (Rijeka - Zadar - Šibenik - Split).
When approaching from both directions, follow the traffic signs for ferry, train station, bus station and hospital as shown on the following map.
From Rijeka and Dubrovnik to Split by Croatian maritime company Jadrolinija .
From major Italian harbours on the Adriatic coast (Ancona, Bari, Pescara): by Jadrolinija , Blu Line Company and Snav (mid June - mid September).
Availability of this transport mean varies according to the season, with more connections being available during summer.
From the port you can walk to the bus stop at Central Market in street Zagrebačka, take a city bus number 11, 17 or 18 (direction east) and get off at the 5th bus stop. You can also take one of the many taxis (below see indication for taxis) at the bus and train station, situated in front of the port.
After arriving at Resnik Airport you can take a taxi straight to Split or use the airport bus service. Bus stops at the harbor port in Split (and then follow indications for arriving by ferry). Cost of the bus ticket is 30 HRK. Timetable:
Neighbouring international airports close to Split are: Zadar (158 km from Split) and Dubrovnik (215 km from Split) and Ancona (a ferry connection).
There are several low cost airlines that have recently begun operating flights towards Croatia.
BY BUS OR TRAIN
Bus and train stations are situated in front of the port, so please see indications for arrival by ferry.
For all information regarding rail destinations, timetables and prices for travel within Croatia, please visit the web site of the Croatian Railways Holding.
Regarding international connections, there are direct lines to Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia and Switzerland. There are indirect lines to almost all other European countries. For information on how to reach Croatia by rail from various European cities, there is the comprehensive web site of German Rail.
Bus services between major cities (inter-city lines) are frequent as are the regional services, especially in the high season. The most frequent inter-city bus line is Zagreb-Split, with buses usually running every 30 minutes. Connection with other major cities is usually available every hour or several times per day: . The largest bus terminal in Croatia is the Zagreb Bus Station, offering the best connection with other Croatian and European cities.
There are regular international bus services connecting Croatia with all neighbouring countries, as well as many other European countries. Comprehensive information on bus services between Croatia and other European countries can be found on the web site of Europe's largest regular coach network.
There is local city bus service of Promet Split d.o.o., which operates from 5.00 until midnight. The fares are 10, 12, 16 and 20 HRK, depending on the distance and can be bought on board. The fare for 2 trips is 16 HRK if bought at the Promet Split d.o.o central ticket office (street Sukoišanska) or city offices (at most bus stops). Student can pre-buy a student monthly plastic token (115 HRK). It can be issued (the first month) at the central ticket office. Student has to bring photo 30 x 50 mm, passport and certificate of study issued by the Faculty Registrar's Office (Služba za preddiplomske, diplomske i stručne studije).
A local transport map and timetable is available at: (croatian web page) chosing raspored vožnje autobusnih linija/gradski prigradski prijevoz.
Taxis are private. The cost per km is around 10 HRK (start position=20 HRK). Some taxi telephone number: +385(0)21970 (Radio taxi), +385(0)21475343 and +385(0)21473-737.
The official currency of the Republic of Croatia is the Kuna (shortened to “HRK” or “kn”) and it is subdivided into 100 Lipa (shorted to “lp”).
Coins have denominations of 1, 2, 5, 25 Kuna and 5, 10, 20, 50 Lipa. Banknotes come in eight different denominations: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 Kuna. For a description of Kuna banknotes:
Average Kuna's exchange rates to major currencies:
1 EUR = 7.3 HRK
1 USD = 5.7 HRK
1 GBP = 8.7 HRK
The web site of the Croatian national bank provides daily update of the official exchange rate of the Kuna to major foreign currencies.
Useful telephone numbers
Croatian country code: 385
Split city code: 021
Croatian exit code: 00
Unique emergency number: 112
Fire brigade: 93
Croatian Auto Club: 987
Telephone number information: 11888
GSM Networks: T-mobile (098, 099), VIPnet/Vodafone (091) and Tele2 (095)
Services working hours
Shopping centres: Each day from 9.00 until 21.00 (summer time until 22.00)
Food shops: weekdays and Saturday from 6.00 to 20.00 or 21.00., Sunday from 06.00 to 13.00.
Pharmacies: weekdays from 8.00 to 20:00, Saturday from 8.00 to 15.00; on Sunday just 2 pharmacies on duty 24 hours situated in Ulica Josipa Pupačića 4, tel.: (021) 533-188 and in Sirobuja, supermarket SuperKonzum, Ulica kralja Držislava 22, tel.: (021) 325-504.
Water is drinkable and of a high quality in the public water supply system throughout the country.