The Latvian Academy of Culture does not have its own student dormitory, however, there are several other options that we recommend:
At just a 10 minute walking distance from the Latvian Academy of Culture, the Duck Republik student hotel is a revolutionary student accommodation provider with modern, smart facilities where students can meet other students all over the world, experience student life in full – study, work, eat, play, love, sleep.
Each room in Duck Republik is equipped with bathroom and a fridge. The price includes water, electricity, heating and Wi-Fi, as well as weekly room cleaning. 4 spacious kitchens are shared in the hall. Duck Republik also offers studio rooms with a small kitchen and air conditioner. Prices for one person starting from 199 EUR/per month: https://duckrepublik.eu/offer/special-offer/
Additional extras at the premises:
Duck Republic Student hotel brochure:
It is our primary goal and responsibility as a business & citizen to ensure your health is in safe hands and as such, we are listing below several measures we are rolling out for anyone arriving and staying in any of our properties.
To Rent a Room at the Duck Republic student hotel and receive a special price offer for the students of the Latvian Academy of Culture please visit: https://duckrepublik.eu/
Villa Rent Riga is located in a 10 minute walking distance from the Latvian Academy of Culture. During the study period, the students who stay with the Villa Rent Riga use the guesthouse on their own, which means, there will be no reception, you live in a house with other students, and the main rule is to respect each other and keep the place clean. Villa Rent Riga offers equipped kitchen, free Wi-Fi, garden area, electricity, water, heating, etc. included in monthly rate.
To rent a room please visit: https://www.rigastudenthome.com/
It is possible to rent a shared flat or a room somewhere in town with the help of a rental agency or on your own.
We recommend using:
It is also possible to look for a room in one of the many Facebook groups. The optional price for a room in a shared flat or a studio apartment is from 250-400 EUR. The average price for a 2 bedroom apartment should not be higher than 700 EUR.
Each term the LAC students organise a new Erasmus “buddy” support team which takes care of the incoming students during their first steps in Latvia and at the LAC, and helps to subscribe to the ISIC student card and the public transport card. Various exciting welcoming events and excursions are organised especially for our Erasmus guests.
The Erasmus student will receive the information on his/ her “buddy” around mid-August (or mid-January for those applying for the spring semester) via e-mail.
Erasmus Student Network Latvia (Erasmus Studentu Tīkls Latvija) is part of the largest student association in Europe; called the Erasmus Student Network (ESN AISBL), it is present in more than 500 Higher Education Institutions in 42 counties. ESN Latvia serves as a link between ESN AISBL and the 3 Latvian sections.
The Goals of ESN Latvia:
The official student card of the Latvian Academy of Culture is joined into one with the International Student Identity card (ISIC), thus allowing the student to enjoy all the benefits of an ISIC card.
ISIC (International Student Identity Card) is the only internationally recognized full- and part-time student identity card, every year used by 5 million students from 130 countries.
Use your ISIC
24/26 Kr. Barona Street, 3rd floor, Riga, LV-1050
+371 67223000, firstname.lastname@example.org
PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN RIGA
In Riga, public transport services are provided by buses, trams, trolley-buses, and minibuses. Riga public transportation works from around 5 a.m. every morning and up until shortly before midnight. Night buses ply some routes during the nighttime hours on weekends. Rigas satiksme website offers public transport timetables, a map, and a route planner.
Buying tickets, ticket prices
The most convenient way to buy public transport tickets is at Narvesen outlets or at stops equipped with ticket machines (then it will cost you EUR 1,15) – although such machines are not available at all stops. Tickets can also be bought from the driver, but tickets bought this way cost more – EUR 2. We therefore recommend buying your ticket before the trip.
Latvia has very good and very regular bus connections, making it is one of the most convenient means of transport for anyone who wants to get to know Latvia’s cities, towns and its vast countryside.
Information about buses in Latvia, including timetables, journey times, routes, ticket fares and other information, is available on information boards at the bus station, as well as online in Latvian, Russian, and English, on websites such as Autoosta.lv and 1188.
Buying Bus Tickets
Tickets for domestic and international routes may be bought at the following places:
The ticket will display the journey number, time and place of departure and seat number. A paper or SMS ticket should be presented to the driver or inspector, if any, and so it should be kept until the end of the trip!
Large luggage and pet transportation will cost extra. The ticket desk employee or the bus driver should be informed of these items beforehand.
Buses do not have toilets, but long routes include a stopover at a bus station with public toilets. New buses on long routes have free wi-fi.
In Riga passengers with reduced mobility are guaranteed specially-equipped buses and even companions who should be booked 36hrs before the journey. Outside Riga, the availability of these services should be enquired about at the bus station or with the bus company.
Latvia’s rail network system connects the Latvian capital with lines to seven different directions – terminating in Tukums, Liepāja, Daugavpils, Zilupe, Gulbene, Valga and Skulte.
The only rail-line which does not go through Riga is the one which connects the towns of Gulbene and Alūksne – the historical narrow-gauge rail-line.
Timetables can be found at each station, as well as on-line at Pv.lv and 1188.lv .
It is possible to purchase rail tickets at station ticket-offices. If the station ticket office is closed, or the certain station does not have a ticket office, tickets can be purchased inside the train from the onboard conductor. However, if purchasing a ticket onboard, only cash is accepted.
Tickets must be presented to onboard conductors and also ticket-inspectors in case of an inspection. This is why tickets must be kept until the end of the journey!
Information source: http://www.latvia.travel/en
The single emergency Hotline number 112 will provide information on what to do in certain situations, or connect you to the appropriate service – emergency medical, fire department, natural gas emergency, or the police. The number 112 is toll-free and reachable from land lines as well as from mobile phones.
The Hotline 1188 provides information about business addresses, hours, service providers, state institutions, public transport timetables, concerts and events, the location of the nearest service provider, as well as all vital tourism information – about accommodations, museums, attractions, restaurants and cafes, and medical centers. The Hotline is reachable 24 hours per day. Information is provided in Latvian, Russian, and English.
Riga Municipal Police has a specialised Tourist Unit, which ensures public order, as well as provides information to foreign visitors about the opportunity for assistance in case of incidents like theft, lost property and fraud.
A 24-hour information Hotline +371 67181818 has been introduced for foreign nationals. Information is provided in Latvian, Russian, and English.
If you are an EU citizen who requires medical attention while in Latvia, make sure that the medical centre accepts the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The EHIC confirms the right to receive the necessary and/or emergency medical treatment to the same extent as would be received by a local resident.
If you are not an EU citizen and do not have an EHIC card, but require emergency medical assistance, you will have to pay the full cost of the services. Acquiring a travel insurance policy is recommended.
Twenty-four hour emergency assistance is provided by any regional hospital:
Tourists can turn to the embassy of their country whenever they find themselves in an extreme situation, for example, losing a passport, being left with no means of subsistence, or the occurrence of a serious illness or death. Depending on each country's legal and financial capabilities, those dealing with mishaps will be assisted. For contact information about foreign missions in Latvia, visit the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia.
Information source: http://www.latvia.travel/en