Study and Living in Cyprus

Planning to study abroad in Cyprus? Read on to know about the cost of studying and living, student accommodation options, transportation, working conditions and health insurance for international students in Cyprus. 

Student Identification Card and Youth Card

The Youth Board of Cyprus in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus (MOEC) issues Student Identification Card-Youth Card Euro 26 STUDENT to pupils in Cyprus and foreign countries. Pupils who are enrolled in the accredited study programmes are eligible for this card. 

This card provides several benefits to students, like low cost of certain products and services in Cyprus in other European countries. Pupils can apply for this card at the information centre of the youth board of Cyprus in Nicosia. For more details see official website

Tuition Fees

The cost of study in Cyprus is low. Students can expect to pay Euro 2800 to – Euro 7200 for undergraduate studies; and between Euro 7500 to Euro-15000 for postgraduate studies depending on the field and level of study. The private higher education institutions may charge more fees.

Living Expenses

The cost of living in Cyprus is affordable and varies depending on the lifestyle, location and amenities. 

Transportation Costs-

Local transport One-way ticket: €1.5
Monthly pass price: €40.00
Taxi normal tariff: €5.00 

Accommodation Costs-

Students can expect to pay between –euro-300.00 and –euro-550 depending on the number of bedrooms- one or three, and the location- in city centre or outside city centre.


In Cyprus, there are many modes of transport- buses, taxis and boats. Travelling in and around the Cyprus is affordable. 

Public Transportation

In Cyprus, there are inter-urban public bus services running between main towns. There are urban buses which operate in large town and cities, rural buses that run in small villages and connect them to the nearby towns.
Also, taxis are available in Cyprus. Private and shared taxis are available.

Getting Around by Buses and Coaches

In Cyprus, buses are operated by private companies that are overseen by the government. Each region/district is handled by a different company. There are island wide bus services, inter-city bus service, urban and rural buses. 

Tickets: Passes-weekly and monthly are available at the ticket offices. The bus fare must be paid directly to the driver. Children below 6 can travel free of charge and university pupils have to pay 50 percent of the ticket price. 

Travelling by Taxis

There are private and shared taxi services in Cyprus. In Cyprus, there are intercity taxi, urban taxi and rural taxi. You can book taxi in advance or hire it from the streets. Meters are available on taxis. Fares of the taxis in Cyprus are regulated by law. Rural taxis do not have meters.

Airport Shuttle 

Kapnos offers a airport shuttle service everyday between Nicosia and the New Larnaca International Airport and Nicosia and Paphos Airport. Website:

Student Accommodation

In Cyprus, on campus and off-campus accommodation is available for students.

Private accommodation: This accommodation option can be taken on shared basis and will be cheaper. The cost varies depending on the location and facilities. Monthly rental must be paid along with water and electricity charges.

Residence Hall: These are fully furnished with single and double rooms. All the necessary facilities like kitchen, laundry, bathroom, etc are available. 

Working While Studying

International pupils are permitted to work in Cyprus for 20 hours per week after six months of entering in the Republic of Cyprus.  During break time, students can work part-time for 38 hours in a week. Pupils must be registered in a higher education institution of Cyprus and must have a pink slip in order to work while studying. 

Health Insurance

Health insurance is mandatory in Cyprus. Medical care is only provided to Cypriots and EU nationals staying permanently in the Republic of Cyprus.

For EU Nationals

EU nationals staying temporarily, i.e. for a period of less than 3 months, in Cyprus are not eligible to apply for medical card, but are allowed to get the necessary medical care in state hospitals provided that possess a valid European Health Insurance card (EHIC). 

EU nationals can apply for the medical card if they have submitted an application for residence in Cyprus and obtained a “yellow slip” temporary residence permit.

For Non-EU Nationals

Non-EU nationals living or working legally in the Republic of Cyprus are not allowed to apply for a state medical card, though they are provided the state healthcare.

Contact the respective higher education institution of Cyprus to know about the health insurance in Cyprus. 
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