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By Sabrina Collier

Updated July 28, 2021 Updated July 28, 2021

Vilnius for students

The capital and largest city of Lithuania, Vilnius is a charming and relatively small student city.

Vilnius has many universities, including Vilnius University, the country’s largest and the oldest in the Baltic states (founded in 1579). There are opportunities to study in English.

A popular student city, when asked (via our student survey) what the best thing was about Vilnius, one student cited “cheap food and the city is growing really fast so there are a lot of opportunities” while another praised it for being “cheap to live, with a beautiful old town and a traditional university”.

Best universities in Vilnius - QS Best Student Cities ranking: Joint 102nd

World ranking Institutions
=400th Vilnius University
751-800 Vilnius Gediminas Technical University

More about Vilnius

Number of universities ranked by QS

2

Highest-ranked institution

Vilnius University (ranked joint 400th)

Population

539,000

Average international fees (at ranked unis)

US$2,800

Desirability rank

102nd

Employer Activity rank

79th

Affordability rank

9th

Student View rank

104th

To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

Why study in Vilnius?

Affordable student city

With a low cost of living and cheap tuition fees for international students, it's hardly surprising that Vilnius ranks within the top 10 for affordability.

Beautiful architecture

Vilnius contains many scenic places and the city's Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Entertainment and culture

With museums, theatres, shopping centres, cafes, clubs and bars to enjoy, Vilnius is one of the most visited cities in Eastern Europe.

Cost of studying in Vilnius

Vilnius does indeed have fairly low costs of living, especially compared to other European capitals and tuition fees are fairly reasonable, helping to give it its best score in the affordability category, where it ranks ninth. 

Numbeo estimates a single person living in Vilnius would need approximately £460 per month for general living expenses, plus an additional £450 for rent for a one bedroom apartment in the city centre. Tuition fees in the city's universities will cost international students approximately US$2,800.

Life & culture in Vilnius 

Vilnius is famed for its baroque and gothic architecture, which is especially noticeable in the medieval Old Town, one of the largest of its kind Europe (as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site), which is ideal for exploring during your spare time and taking in some of the history.

One of the Old Town’s main streets, Pilies Street, is among the most active and picturesque streets in the city, full of little shops, cafés, restaurants and interesting architecture, including the historically significant House of the Signatories, where the Act of Independence of Lithuania was signed in 1918.

Vilnius was the European Capital of Culture in 2009 alongside the Austrian city of Linz, and hosts a number of popular cultural events throughout the year, such as the Vilnius International Film Festival, Capital Days (performing arts festival) and the Vilnius Jazz Festival. Also, Vilnius University’s Faculty of Physics hosts the unique FiDi Physicist’s Day, actually one of the most outlandish days in the calendar, which features a giant mechanical dinosaur in its procession.

Careers in Vilnius

Vilnius ranks 79th for employer activity this year. Employers in Vilnius are always on the lookout for skilled, talented graduates to recruit. The city is home to many multinational Fortune 500 companies, such as Nasdaq, Western Union, McKesson and Uber. 

This article was originally published in February 2017 . It was last updated in July 2021

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The former Assistant Editor of TopUniversities.com, Sabrina wrote and edited articles to guide students from around the world on a wide range of topics. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University and grew up in Staffordshire, UK. 

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