Living in Split


ESN Split, as a part of ESN (Erasmus student network) is non-profit student volunteer organization with mission to help ALL exchange 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: .

ESN Split provides with “Buddy system” (Split local students helping incoming 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: .

  • VISA

Information about travel documents for all nationals and about visa for third-country citizens to enter Croatia as well as competent Croatian diplomatic mission/consular post contact details at each country can be found on the web site of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs .
Visa application form is available on-line at (available in English, Russian, Ukrainian, Albanian, and Turkish language). Printed and filled out application form, along with other required documents, should be submitted to the competent Croatian Embassy/Consulate or visa centre or through an accredited tourist agency. Only once we have all study application documents approved, we will send to student an acceptance letter that covers some of the documentation needed for visa application.

IMPORTANT! Visa application process might take up to several weeks or even months so on-line application in due time is strongly reccomended.


According to the national legislation, all foreign nationals (EU and non-EU) intending to study in Croatia must regulate residence during staying in Croatia (regulated residence is the prerequisite for the issuance of ToR to exchange students at the end of study period!).

There are two types of residence permit:

-  up to (short-term) and

-  more than 90 days (temporary).

Upon arrival, all students, except EU students accommodated in Student Dormitories Campus and Spinut (regulated directly by their service), must firstly report their short-term stay in Croatia to the Central Police Station within 48  (in weekend case 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).

Students which will provide us with requested form, document for the OIB issuance and letter of attorney will have OIB n. issued prior arrival and in order to avoid OIB double issuance during application for residence permit, these are strongly invited to tell to the police clerk during application for residence permit that they already have OIB issued.

At least 7 days before a short-term residence permit expiring, all students staying in Croatia more than 90 days (included those accommodated in Student Dormitories) should report their temporary stay for the purpose of studying at the above mentioned address with following:

1. EU students

  1. Application form filled in and signed– Form 1b:    
  2. valid passport or ID card and its copy;
  3. valid European Health Insurance card and its copy;
  4. Enrolment certificate (in Croatian) issued by EFST;
  5. Acceptance letter (original) from UNIST stating the study purpose of stay (ERASMUS+students);
  6. Letter of confirmation issued by the Ministry’s Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes (for CEEPUS and Ministry’s bilateral programmes students);
  7. Proof of sufficient means of subsistence during staying in Croatia - statement of bank account, scholarship confirmation OR similar - 800 HRK (approx. 110EUR) per month;
  8. if accommodated in private accommodation, address and landlord full name indication.

2. non-EU students

  1. Application form filled in and signed- Form 1a:   
  2. color photograph 35x45 mm;
  3. administrative fee in the amount of 20 HRK (can be bought at newsstands);
  4. valid passport and copy of the first page with the photo;
  5. Enrolment certificate (in Croatian) issued by EFST;
  6. Acceptance letter (in original) from UNIST stating the study purpose of your stay (ERASMUS+students);
  7. Letter of confirmation issued by Ministry’s Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes (for CEEPUS and Ministry’s bilateral programmes students)
  8. Proof of secured accommodation: if staying in the student dormitory, indicate which one, in case of private accommodation, valid rental contract or landlord presence and proof of ownership (vlasnički list) not older than 6 months
  9. Proof of the appropriate health insurance (bilingual document) – see section Health insurance;
  10. Proof of the sufficient means of subsistance during staying in Croatia - statement of bank account, scholarship confirmation and similar – 1000 HRK  (approx. 130 EUR) per month.

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 and Education 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 semster 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 by a public notary. 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 for getting EFST student ID and X-card issuance.

OIB is administrated by 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: (filled in and signed) along with copy of the passport/ID card mentioned in the filled request are to be presented.

It is issued immediately and is free of charge.

Within 48 (in weekend cases 72) hours after entering Croatia, students should make both the OIB request (1st step) and residence registration (2nd step). Offices are situated very close (5 minutes walking distance). It is very importat to state to the police clerk that the OIB n. is issued before residence registration.


Regulated health insurance is the prerequisite for being granted temporary residence permit.

Student can visit any state primary health care physician. List is provided at  link (search Split ones).

Emergency service centers:

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 112.

Information about Pharmacy (ljekarna) are provided under sub-section Services working hours.

 1. EU students

Health care services are accessed with European Health Insurance card valid during the entire study period in Croatia. Info: National Contact Point (NCP) | HZZO

To be fully insured in case of accidents when repatriation is needen, student can privately take out a travel medical insurance that is valid during the entire study period in Split. In order to include eventual repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical care and/or emergency treatment in a hospital, it is reccomended that min. ensured cover of the travel insurance is 30 000 € .

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.

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.

  • Countries with health care agreements with Croatia

Students from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro and Turkey will obtain the certificate which enables them to receive health care in Croatia. Upon arrival in Split, they should replace the certificate of healthcare entitlements with the patient’s certificate (in Croatian: bolesnički list) at the (HZZO - Hrvatski zavod za zdravstveno osiguranje), street Obala kneza Branimira 14, office hours: Monday-Friday from 08.00 to 15.30.  Upon 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 coming 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) have 2 options:

1) become insured with the Croatian Institute for Health Insurance (HZZO) upon arrival.

Steps are:

- with OIB number go to HZZO office in street Obala kneza Branimira 14 with office hours: Monday-Friday from 08.00 to 15.30. where 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 residence address in Croatia.


2) take out a travel medical insurance that is valid during the entire study period in Split. In order to include eventual repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical care and/or emergency treatment in a hospital, it is reccomended that min. ensured cover of the travel insurance is 30 000 €. Student will need to present this proof of medical insurance upon arrival to Split during application for the temporary residence permit.

  • COVID-19 

Measures are continuously being revised and updated based on the evolving epidemiological situation, so under this link students should check measures which will be in effect throughout Croatia at the time of their arrival in country.


It is possible to have work activity with Student contract. Students should register at Student Center Split in Cvite Fiskovića 5 street (Campus dormitory) with passport, confirmation of enrollment at Faculty (given upon arrival), 2 photos, OIB n. and n. of the bank giro-account in Croatia. 


Average monthly living expenses in Croatia are estimated between 400-700 €uro, depending on the type of accommodation (student dormitory 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):


110-150 € (student dormitory), 

150 - 400 € (private accommodation)*

Study material: mostly photocopies (0.03 €/copy)

Food: ERASMUS+ and CEEPUS and EU 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 connection are not included.


Some categories of students (ERASMUS+ programme countries, CEEPUS and Ministry’s bilateral programmes students) are entitled to accommodation in university premises. Other can seek for a private accomodation.


There are two premises:

- hostel Spinut situated close to the city center, west part of the city, in the heart of the Marjan Hill, surrounded by parks and forest in Spinutska 37 street. 

- Campus dorm situated at the campus, east part of the city, close to the EFST in Cvite Fiskovića 3 street. 


Monthly rent fee for Hostel Spinut is 850 HRK and for Campus is 1100 HRK.

All info including description, rent fees info, picture galleries and more is available in GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS .

There is a limited number of beds in double rooms with bathroom available at both university premises and beds are allocated to students on „first come first serve“ basis. Students with severe disability will be given preference.

ERASMUS+ students can apply for accommodation in both premises.

For CEEPUS students and students of bilateral programmes of the Ministry of Science and Education accommodation is arranged by the Ministry in one of the Student Dormitories and no application is needed. Rent fee is not applied on this category of students.

Institutional bilateral agreement and guest students are not entitled to university accommodation.


The process of renting private accommodation should begin at least one month prior to arrival in Split. Students should seek private accommodation options independently. ESN Buddies are available to assist students in finding appropriate accommodation.

Monthly rent in private accommodation varies from 150 €uro (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 and Internet connection are sometimes included in the rent, otherwise students cover them separately. The landlords often charge in advance a monthly fee to guarantee the damages in apartment and in case of non damages in apartment, fee is given back to the student before leaving.

Students should remember the importance of a notary registration for rental contract with private landlord. It is one of the prerequisites to obtain residence permit for non-EU student, but also safeguard for rent-rights for all students, especially those incoming in summer semester with rental period until June 30, due to day-renting season start in June. List of the Lease Contract Registration offices is available at: .

Useful web portals: - just in Croatian - just in Croatian

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 and private flats in suburbs Podstrana, Solin and Kastela.

  • FOOD

ERASMUS+, CEEPUS students, students of bilateral programmes of the Ministry of Science and Education and EU students are entitled to a student identity card X-card, so-called “iksica” which enables them to have government subsidised student meals at Student menza and cafeterias all over Croatia. Non-EU students studying at EFST as part of an institutional bilateral exchange agreement or as guest students (free-movers) are not entitled to a student X-card.

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.

Student X-card is not transferable, i.e. can be used only by the card holder. Any abuse will be sanctioned with suspension as regulated in Article 15 of the Regulation on conditions and rights on subsidising student's meals:

Student meals are organized in 7 students' restaurants so-called “menza”, 4 of which are located at the University Campus Visoka (Dormitory, EFST, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture and Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy), one in the city center (Index), one in hostel Spinut and one at Faculty of Medicine.

Opening hours at EFST restaurant is during week days, Monday-Friday:  07:30 - 20:00 (lunch-dinner: 12:00-15:00; 17:30-20:00).

Other restaurants opening hours info is available here: (in Croatian)

Daily menu is announced here:  (in Croatian).


University Sports Federation organizes over 15 sporting and recreational events every year, including the International Rowing Regatta Sveti Duje, with participaSavetion of best university rowing teams in Europe, including the Oxford and Cambridge teams. Contact:

For recreational activities organised at EFST, contact person is prof. Daša Duplančić at ddasa(et) .

Fitness center available only for students accommodated in university premises is situated in Campus dorm. Working days/hours are Monday-Saturday from 9 until 22. Monthly fee is 130 HRK.



Direction Zagreb: by Motorway A1 Zagreb-Split or by country road through the inland (Zagreb - Karlovac - National Park Plitvicka jezera- Knin - Sinj - Split).

Direction Rijeka: By Motorway A6 and A1 OR by country road travelling along the Adriatic coast (Rijeka – Senj - 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): by Croatian maritime company Jadrolinija and by Italian maritime company Snav. Availability of these transport means varies according to the season, with more connections available during summer.

From the port walk to the bus stop (direction East) at Central Market in street Zagrebačka, take a city bus number 11, 17 or 18 and get off at the 5th bus stop. One of the many taxis can be considered as well. Under sub-section Local Services, Map of city lines and taxis indication are available.


List of cities and airline companies with outbound flights to Split is available here

Once at Resnik Airport you can take a taxi straight to Split (more under sub-section Local Services) or use the airport bus service with stop at the harbor port in Split (and then follow indications for arriving by ferry). Info: (Select ENGLISH and SPLIT).

Neighbouring international airports close to Split are: Zadar (158 km from Split) and Dubrovnik (215 km from Split) with bus connection to Split.  


Split can be rached by rail from Zagreb with International Rail Terminal. All information regarding rail destinations, timetables and prices for travel within Croatia is published here:  Croatian Railway Company.

Bus services between major cities (inter-city lines) are frequent - Split Bus Terminal . The most frequent inter-city bus line is Zagreb-Split, with buses usually running every 30 minutes. The largest bus terminal in Croatia is the Zagreb Bus Station, offering the best connection with other Croatian and European cities. 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 .

Bus and train stations are situated in front of the port, so above local indications upon arrival in Split by ferry should be followed.


There is only one way of public transportation in Split – bus. They operate all day from 5.00 until midnight, every 15 or 20 minutes. Tickets can be bought on board (11,00 kn) or at the ticket box-office (9,00 kn). Once on board ticket must be stamped (an unstamped ticket is as good as no ticket at all). The local city bus service is provided by Promet Split d.o.o.. Central ticket office is situated in street Sukoišanska. Student can pre-buy a student monthly pass (130 HRK). It is issued (the first month) at the central ticket office. Student should bring photo 30 x 50 mm, passport and enrolment certificate (to be provided upon arrival). Further months passes can be bought at the Promet Split d.o.o. stands at some bus stations.

Link to Bus lines and timetables

Link to City Line Networks

Alternative mean is taxi:

Radio Taxi:




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.

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 (police/ambulance/fire brigade): +385 112
Croatian Auto Club: +385 1987
GSM Networks: T-mobile (098, 099), VIPnet/Vodafone (091, 092) 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 20.00/21.00., Sunday from 06.00 to 13.00 (supermarkets to 20/21).
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 Super Konzum, 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.