City Administration address:
Raekoja plats 1a (the historic Town Hall building), 50089 Tartu www.tartu.ee Phone: (+372) 736 1101
Area 39 km², population 98,400. Density 2,680 ppl/km²
Types of buildings: from the 17th century university buildings to modern steel and concrete housing
Renting price avg: €400 per month
Buying price avg: €70,000
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.