- City Administration address:
Raekoja plats 1a (the historic Town Hall building), 50089 Tartu
Phone: (+372) 736 1101
- Area 39 km², population 95,082.
- Types of buildings: from the 17th century university buildings to modern steel and concrete housing
- Renting price avg: €400 per month
- Buying price avg: €1700 per square meter
- Your typical neighbor: a lot of university students and lecturers, but also families, blue and white collar and elderly people. Fewer Russian-speaking people than in the capital.
- Why Tartu? The university town of Estonia is quieter and has its own vibe (Tartu Vaim aka the Spirit of Tartu) that some people just love and the others are not so keen on. Life is vibrant but in a more normal pace than in Tallinn – it is probably right for some and too slow for the others.
- History brief: First settled in the fifth century A.D. First mentioned in 1030 A.D. The university was established in 1632 A.D. In the 19th century, the town expanded greatly – many timber and stone/brick buildings were erected.
- Key center: Raekoja plats (the Town Hall Square
- Special events: many are connected to the Tartu University. They have even a special website dedicated to cultural events in Tartu.
- Good to know: Tartu Welcome Centre is there to help with the all the questions once you arrive to your new hometown! Make sure to check them out as well.