Cost of Living

Lithuania is considered as inexpensive country to live in. Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) international students have to expect a need of 300-950 EUR per month including:

  • dormitory/flat rent 60-300 EUR
  • food 150-300 EUR
  • learning aid 20-40 EUR
  • leisure 100-300 EUR

A survey which was carried out in 2019 has shown monthly expenses of VMU international students:

  • 41% spent ~ 300 Eur/month
  • 46% spent 300-500 Eur/month
  • 9% spent 500-700 Eur/month
  • 4% spent more than 700 Eur/month

Students are able to cut some expenses by using student cards: the Lithuanian Student Identity Card (LSP), International Student Identity Card (ISIC) or Erasmus Student Network (ESN) card for discounts. Full information about the cards is provided by Vytautas Magnus University after student arrival. Also, you may find more information HERE.

Student Cards

Planing the Budget

The information below provide estimated costs which might be helpful to plan and prepare your budget for study and living period in Lithuania. Costs may vary depending on your needs, lifestyle and other factors. Note! Provided averaged prices.

Meal (at inexpensive restaurant) - 6,50 €
McMeal (at McDonalds) - 5,00 €
Domestic Beer (0,5 liter drought) - 3,00 €
Cappuccino (regular) - 2,00 €
Coke/Pepsi (0,25 liter) - 1,60 €
Water (0,33 liter ) - 1,6 €

Milk (1 liter) - 0,90 €
Fresh white bread (500 g) - 1,09 €
Rice (white, 800 g) - 1,19 €
Eggs (10 units) - 1,55 €
Fermented cheese (1 kg) - 7,88 €
Butter (180 g) - 1,99
Pork (1 kg) - 6,29
Chicken (1 kg) - 4,49
Carrots (1 kg) - 0,59
Apples (1 kg) - 0,99 €
Oranges (1 kg) - 1,29 €
Tomatoes (1 kg) - 1,45 €
Potatoes (1 kg) - 1,99 €
Lettuce (1 head) - 0,79 €
Water (1.5 liter) - 0,69 €

One-way ticket of local transport - 0,70-1,00 €
One-way ticket of local transport with student ID card - 0,35-0,50 €
Monthly pass of local transport - 28,00 €
Monthly pass with student ID - 5,60 €
Taxi 1 km (booking through mobile app) - 0,29-0,64 €
Gasoline (1 liter) - 0,95 €

Fitness club (1 month) - 25,00-60,00 €
Yoga club (1 month) - 40,00-50,00 €
Tennis club (1 hour) - 20,00-35,00 €
Swimming pool (2 hours) - 9,00-12,00
Wakeboard park (1 hour) 45,00-60,00
Cinema ticket - 6,50-7,50 €
Cinema ticket with Lithuanian Student ID Card- 5,50-6,00 €
Pool game (1 hour) - 5,00-7,00 €
Bowling game (for 6 for adults/1 hour) - 15,00-21,00 €
Soccer match - 0,00-20,00 €
Basketball match - 10,00-100,00
Night club entrance - 5,00-10,00 €
Woman hair cut - 15,00-35,00
Woman hair colour - 25,00-80,00
Man hair cut - 10,00-20,00
Manicure with permanent polish - 10,00-23,00
Pedicure with permanent polish - 20,00-30,00

1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) - 66,14 €
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M) - 32,20 €
1 pair of Nike running shoes (mid-range) - 72,61 €
1 pair of men leather business shoes - 101,90 €

VMU dormitory - 60,00-186,00 €
Apartment (1 bedroom) in city centre (Kaunas-Vilnius) - 360,00-480,00 € 
Apartment (1 bedroom) outside city centre (Kaunas-Vilnius) - 230,00-320,00 €
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in city centre (Kaunas-Vilnius) - 580,00-820,00 €
Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside city centre (Kaunas-Vilnius) - 360,00-520,00 €