About Riga

About Riga

SSE Riga holds the name of the capital city and we are indeed located in the very city centre just by the park and surrounded by plenty of cozy cafes.

The capital city Riga is the largest city in the Baltic States and the third largest (behind Saint Petersburg and Stockholm) in the Baltic Sea region. However, the city is not overcrowded and the atmosphere is rather relaxing and easygoing. The official language is Latvian, but Russian and English are widely spoken.



Riga is small enough to make you feel at home and at the same time also big enough to keep you busy and entertained.

The School has one main building located in one of the most prestigious city districts, and all activities are concentrated there. The old town is within just 10 minutes' walking distance and powder sand beaches in Jūrmala can be reached by train in 25 minutes. 

Students often get around by bike and perceive the city as one big university campus as the National Library of Latvia, the Latvian National Museum of Art, cafes, gyms, and other leisure activities are within easy reach. 



Riga is also a very safe city compared to other cities in Europe. 

Latvia ranks high on the Global Peace Index as a country with low crime rates, a stable political scene and no big natural disasters. 

Getting medical assistance in Riga is easy and the School can arrange a consultation with an English-speaking doctor should the need arise. Public hospitals in Latvia have modern medical equipment for treatment; dental services here will be at least 50% lower than in a London clinic.



For the most part, Riga is reasonably priced for students. The School also issues ISIC card that offers various student discounts in Latvia. 

In recent years incoming international student mobility in Latvia has doubled, since its higher education is internationally competitive, yet everyday expenses in Riga are still generally cheaper compared to many European cities.

The city has a very convenient and inexpensive public transportation system – tram, trolleybus, and bus (a ticket for one trip is around EUR 0,30 with a student discount). The company called Bolt offers affordable rides similar to Uber.

It is estimated that around EUR 600 – 650 is enough to cover necessities such as food, transportation, utilities, and accommodation for a month.

Here are a few of the most significant monthly expenses according to our students:

Shared accommodation costs (including gas and electricity) EUR 250
Telephone/internet  EUR 25
Food EUR 210
Entertainment, recreation, clothing EUR 100
Public transport EUR 15
In total: EUR 600



External resources:

Get to know Latvia 

Riga Original app

Insider's guide to Riga

Blog about Riga and locals


The School’s environment is amazing! All facilities have been built exclusively for the students` comfort. Riga has excellent public transport ­– buses and trams run according to schedule and are always clean and comfortable. Most people are fluent in Russian or English, so you can always ask for help.

— Vadim Ilchuk
Ukraine, Class of 2021

It's an easy place to get around, most of the destinations are walkable. The city is full of stunning architecture and green parks - when the weather is nice, I always enjoy a little walk between the lectures. Moreover, Latvia has a good railway system, which allowed me to explore the country with one-day trips around Riga. It took me just a few days to feel at home!  

— Daryna Koval
Ukraine, Class of 2022