Arrival ABC

Here are the fundamentals for those students who are about to arrive or have already arrived at the University of Tartu. 

We strongly advise you to use the checklist down below in order to keep track of all the most relevant procedures after your arrival at UT. You are advised to make sure that you do not skip any of the steps. Also, due to all the different cards that students may need to apply for, you will find a table with some brief information as to what to use each card for, whether it is compulsory, etc.


After arrival to UT

Time schedule


Your UT username and password will be sent to you by email. If you have not received your UT username and password, please contact the Study Abroad Centre.

Before the beginning of the semester. 

Register for courses in the Study Information System (SIS/ÕIS in Estonian).

By February 26, 2018.



In order to receive a stipend from UT, you are advised to open a local bank account and insert the account number into SIS.

Within the first weeks of the semester.


Fill out your contact information in the Study Information SystemCheck your current information in SIS and make sure it is correct!

By February 26, 2018.



Short-term students, who came to Estonia with visa-free access: apply for D-visa at the Police and Border Guard Board.

Right after arrival to Estonia.


D-visa holders (short-term students or degree-seeking students staying in Estonia up to 6 months): request an Estonian ID-code ("isikukood") at Tartu County Government.

As soon as possible.

Send your Estonian ID code (isikukood) to the Study Abroad Centre:

As soon as you have received it.


Tuition fee and visiting student: fee is based on the number of credits to be earned.

The invoice will be sent by e-mail at the end of February, after your study plan has been fixed for the semester.


EU citizens: register as a citizen of Tartu at the Tartu Population Registry (Küüni 5) in order to have the right of residence in Estonia.

Within one month from the date of entering Estonia.


My cards


What for?


Where and how to get?

How much?


Proves student status; several discounts internationally.


When opening a bank account at Swedbank or SEB.

Costs regulated by the purchasing power within each country


Proves your status as a member of the Erasmus Student Network; several discounts; benefits in Tartu


ESN Tartu office
Pikk 14-206

Tu 19:30-20:30

10 €

UT student card (find out about it here)

Proves UT student status ; discounts in Estonia at public transportation, sports facilities, doctors, dentists…


Your dean’s office

Free of charge

Estonian ID card (EU citizens only) 

Proves one's right to stay in Estonia; access to UT library, e-services (banking, digital signing, mobile ID), authentication; different discounts in Estonia

Compulsory for the students from the EU studying  in Estonia at least 3 months

Migration Bureau

Riia St. 132

Mo-Fr 9:00-17:00

(Within one month from receiving your right of temporary residence and Estonian ID code)

25 €

Temporary residence permit card (non-EU citizens only)

Proves one's right to stay in Estonia;  access to e-services (banking, digital signing, mobile ID), authentication

Compulsory for the degree-seeking students from non-EU studying in Estonia more than 6 months. Short-term students (exchange/visiting) do not apply for TRP.

After applying for the TRP, the students are informed when and where they get TRP card

64  €

Library card

Access to UT library services

Not compulsory for students who use their Estonian ID card as UT library card

Veski 32

Mo-Fr 9:00-19:00

1.6 €

Tartu bus card

Contactless card or sticker for use on all city buses in Tartu; student discounts are available


Any R-Kiosk, post office, the bus station, and some stores. A full list of sales points is available here

European Health Insurance Card

Covers some medical services (such as visit to General Practitioner)

Only for EU citizens

Health insurance institution of your home country

Free of charge

Store customer cards

Many stores (e.g., Kaubamaja, Selver, Rimi, Konsum, Maxima and others) offer customer cards that allow you to save money and/or accumulate bonus points when you shop. 


From the cashier or at the info desk of the store 

Varies; generally under 2 

Quick reference guide

UT Support Services
Study Abroad Centre (SAC)SAC

Your study coordinator

UT Main Building (Ülikooli 18) Room 134

Student-to-student support servicesGetting Started-
Visa assistanceResidence Permits and
Financial mattersGetting Started
Counseling for students with special
Center for Academic Writing (AVOK)AVOK

Career counseling-

Support Services Beyond UT
BankingInfo about banking system-
Student dormitoriesTartu Student
Health careInfo about health care system-
Sports facilities

Info about sports facilities

UT Sports Club

For UT Sports Club:
Safety and security

Rescue Service

Police & Border Guard

Emergency number: 112

Police & Border Guard Address: Riia 132


Police & Border Guard

Tartu Population Registry Service (to register your place of residence)

Population Register
Küüni 5