COST OF LIVING AND TRANSPORTATION IN MALTA
WHY STUDY IN MALTA
Malta is a small island situated about 80 km of the south of Italy and 280km of east of Tunisia. This country covers 317 km² but has one of the most densely populated countries of the world behind Monaco, Singapore or Hong Kong. The capital city of Malta is Vallett
Malta is a wonderful study abroad destination for students who are more comfortable in English-speaking regions. Studying abroad can be difficult for students who feel nervous about living in unfamiliar surroundings for an extended period of time. Malta has two official languages: Maltese and English
- The University of Malta is one of the world’s oldest and most respected institutes of learning
- Malta is a mecca for outdoor activities
- High-quality education
- Low Cost of Living
- Friendly and Safe
- Country member of the European Union
Cost of living
Study in Malta for international students can be a very exciting experience as living expenses in Malta is comparatively lower from rest of the EU. As an international students your monthly living expenses can come around 500 Euro per month including food, transportation, and leisure activities.
If you’re planning to study there, keep in mind you will need extra pocket money for travel expenses, for entertainment and similar expenses – local students on average tend to spend somewhere between €100-150 monthly in such activities.
In general terms, anyone who’s planning to study in Malta should plan to spend somewhere between €300-900 per month to cover all their expenses, including tuition, housing, travel and entertainment. You may want to consider getting a health insurance to cover any eventual health issues you may have while living in Malta.
When it comes to housing, students usually choose one of the following options: Malta offers a variety of accommodation options for students, located around and close to the University campus, to suit different needs and budgets. You can opt to live at the University Residence or Hotel Kappara; both are administered by the University. Bookings, payments and all other arrangements are to be made directly to the two entities.
- Renting a flat, which should cost around €700 in fixed expenses depending the location
- Find a position as a paying guest in a local house, which should cost about €450
- Getting a room at a residence for students, with average cost around €250
- Some students also choose using hostels as their primary residence, to save money.
Even though small, Malta has a number of public as well as private institutions that offer graduate programs to overseas students. Majority of these institutes are in Valetta, the capital city. Institutes offer graduate programs in a variety of disciplines as well as specialist courses in tourism, arts, technology etc. Malta houses hundreds of international students, many of whom are there to improve their proficiency over the English language.
For 8 credits for international students studying the Arts or Business courses is 1,080 EURO for undergraduate students and 1,360 EURO for Science career paths. Full-time undergraduate courses are free of charge to citizens of Malta and the European Union.
In Malta, public transport is safe and affordable to use. Buses operate between 05:30 and 23:00 on most routes and night service is also available on Friday, Saturday nights as well as public holidays and feast days. During your stay in Malta, you can benefit from advantageous public transport fees when applying for a student tallinja card, with student tariffs starting from EUR 0.75.
The public bus service on Malta and Gozo is a good way to get around as buses serve the major tourist areas, go practically everywhere and are inexpensive and efficient. Renting a car is a good option if you want to get to the farther reaches of the island. All the road signs are in English and driving is on the left. Major international brands and local car hires are located on Malta and Gozo with daily rates of €16 - €28. International and national driving licenses are acceptable The white taxi service can pick up passengers from anywhere, except bus-stops. A regular ferry service links Malta to Gozo, taking about 20 minutes each way There are also regular boat services between each island and Comino A water taxi service using traditional Maltese 'dghajsa' boats is also available in Grand Harbour.
Maltese cuisine is the result of a long relationship between the Islanders and the many civilisations who occupied the Maltese Islands over the centuries. This marriage of tastes has given Malta an eclectic mix of Mediterranean cooking. Although the restaurant scene is a mix of speciality restaurants, there are many eateries that offer or specialise in local fare, serving their own versions of specialities.
Traditional Maltese food is rustic and based on the seasons. Look out for Lampuki Pie (fish pie), Rabbit Stew, Bragioli (beef olives), Kapunata, (Maltese version of ratatouille), and widow's soup, which includes a small round of Gbejniet (sheep or goat's cheese). On most food shop counters, you'll see Bigilla, a thick pate of broad beans with garlic. The snacks that must be tried are ‘hobz biz-zejt' (round of bread dipped in olive oil, rubbed with ripe tomatoes and filled with a mix of tuna, onion, garlic, tomatoes and capers) andpastizzi (flaky pastry parcel filled with ricotta or mushy peas).
A trip to the Marsaxlokk fish market on Sunday morning will show you just how varied the fish catch is in Maltese waters. When fish is in abundance, you'll find Aljotta (fish soup). Depending on the season, you'll see spnotta(bass), dott (stone fish), cerna (grouper),dentici (dentex), sargu (white bream) and trill(red mullet). swordfish and tuna follow later in the season, around early to late autumn, followed by the famed lampuka, or dolphin fish. Octopus and squid are very often used to make some rich stews and pasta sauces.
CULTURE OF MALTA
Maltese culture is generally considered to be a mix of influences brought to the island of Malta by the various rulers it has seen come and go over many centuries. It is a fact that the Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs all left their stamp on the customs and traditions of the Maltese and Malta's history.
However, age-old traditions have travelled through generations and have allowed the Maltese to retain their roots. A likely reason for the survival of originally Maltese traits is the drive to establish an own identity in the face of foreign rulers, and more certainly the reliance on maritime trade has helped to shape and conserve what we know now as being Maltese culture.
The predominant religion in Malta is Catholicism, which is followed by over 90% of the population and therefore has a reasonable amount of authority compared to other European states. Mass attendance is also relatively high in this regard, with 52.6% of the population attending Sunday mass, according to 2005 data. Seemingly following a European trend, however, the younger generations seem to be becoming less interested in practising religion.
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||15.00 €|
|Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course||52.69 €|
|McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)||8.00 €|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||2.50 €|
|Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)||3.00 €|
|Cappuccino (regular)||2.05 €|
|Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)||1.79 €|
|Water (0.33 liter bottle)||1.11 €|
|Milk (regular), (1 liter)||0.95 €|
|Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g)||1.09 €|
|Rice (white), (1kg)||1.98 €|
|Eggs (regular) (12)||2.41 €|
|Local Cheese (1kg)||8.03 €|
|Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg)||6.98 €|
|Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat)||13.26 €|
|Apples (1kg)||2.55 €|
|Banana (1kg)||1.86 €|
|Oranges (1kg)||2.53 €|
|Tomato (1kg)||2.48 €|
|Potato (1kg)||1.53 €|
|Onion (1kg)||1.84 €|
|Lettuce (1 head)||1.30 €|
|Water (1.5 liter bottle)||0.83 €|
|Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)||6.00 €|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)||1.44 €|
|Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)||2.11 €|
|Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro)||5.80 €|
|One-way Ticket (Local Transport)||1.50 €|
|Monthly Pass (Regular Price)||26.00 €|
|Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)||5.00 €|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||2.00 €|
|Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)||25.00 €|
Rent Per Month
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre||856.54 €|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre||692.05 €|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre||1,517.62 €|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre||1,135.71 €|
Sports And Leisure
|Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult||53.30 €|
|Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend)||18.95 €|
|Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat||8.00 €|
|Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment||81.45 €|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans)||0.27 €|
|Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)||33.16 €|