Only international students who come to study in Croatia as part of an official exchange programme can apply for student dormitory accommodation.
Availability of dormitory rooms
Unfortunately, due to lack of housing capacity student dormitory accommodation is not available to all students (neither for all Croatian nationals nor all international students) and some towns do not offer student dormitory accommodation at this time. International students do not automatically receive student dormitory accommodation and they have to contact the International Cooperation Office at the higher education institution they are applying to in order to try and ensure housing.
The Student Centres (Studentski centar) at higher education institutions are the institutions that manage all student dormitories according to a system of quotas for available spaces. It is the responsibility of the higher education institution to contact the Student Centre and recommend an international student to them. In case there are rooms available for the period of student's stay, the international student can get a room in the dormitory.
At the moment, only international students who come to study in Croatia as part of an official exchange programme (ERASMUS, CEEPUS or bilateral programmes of the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports) can apply for student dormitory accommodation. The Ministry of Science, Education and Sports arranges housing for their bilateral programmes and CEEPUS students. Higher education institutions are in charge of helping ERASMUS students with accommodation, however they are not guaranteed a place in a student dormitory. Other international students need to provide for housing themselves. Doctoral students are also not entitled to student dormitory accommodation.
Rooms, facilities and prices
Rooms in student dormitories are usually shared between two people and bathrooms are shared with one or more other rooms.
Some student dormitories may contain student cafeterias, gyms, computer labs and may also organise additional social activities.
The cost of student dormitory accommodation varies across cities but in each case it is the most affordable accommodation option. Prospective students should contact the International Cooperation Office at the higher education institution they interest for more information.