HousingHousing is not included in the tuition and fees for the summer program. Each student is responsible for finding his or her own accommodations. Charlotte School of Law encourages students to review the information below and carefully consider all housing options before making arrangements. Since students are responsible for their own housing accommodations, they may choose to arrive early or stay late to extend their travel.
Considerations:Most Lithuanian apartments come fully furnished, which significantly increases the opportunities for students to find private accommodations. The average temperature in Vilnius in the summer is in the low to mid 70's and few accommodations will have air conditioning. Additionally, clothes dryers are rare. Washing machines are common, but most Lithuanians use a drying rack to dry wet clothes. Students who feel that air conditioning and/or clothes dryers are an important or invaluable consideration should take that into consideration when deciding upon their accommodations.
Students should also take into account the distance between where they stay and the program's facilities. We strongly encourage students to stay in or near the city center. At least four (4) days a week students will need to make their way into the center of the city for classes (classes will be held at Vilnius University's Department of Philosophy. The address is "Universiteto gatve 9, Vilnius 01122"). We recommend students use Google Maps to easily identify the distance between their accommodations and the classroom building.
Housing, especially in the "Old Town" center of Vilnius, is often not easily accessible for students with a physical disability. There are often apartments without elevators and even steps without ramps that make accessing much housing difficult or impossible for these students. We encourage students with physical disabilities to contact us privately in advance so that we can help accommodate your particular needs.
Each student will be responsible for deciding what kind of housing arrangement is right for them. There are three primary housing options: a privately run student dormitory; a short-term furnished rental found by the student; or a short-term furnished rental located with the assistance of a Lithuanian realtor.
All students accepted into the summer program will be invited to join a Facebook page. Students looking for friends or roommates when planning for accommodations are encouraged to contact other accepted students through the Facebook group.
1. Student DormitoryThe Corner Hotel operates a private dormitory for students. The accommodations are clean, fairly new, and are similar to a traditional undergraduate dormitory room. Each room has its own bathroom. Each floor has a laundry room that includes a clothes dryer and a large communal kitchen. The front desk is manned 24-hours a day by someone who speaks English and can answer questions. A large grocery/general store (Maxima) is a short, 7-minute walk away, and the university is about a 20 minute walk from the dormitory. The hotel gladly honors requests for roommates.
Rates listed below are for the period of June 27 - August 5, 2016.
Additional nights will be charged at a rate of 23.17 Euro per night for the Standard Single Room and 27.03 Euro per night for the Twin Room.
Standard Single Room : Rates Pending for Summer 2016
Twin Room: Rates Pending for Summer 2016
Triple and Quad Rooms : Contact the Corner Hotel for per person rates
Room rates include:
- Hot buffet breakfast daily
- Cable TV
- Room cleaning daily
- Bedding changed every 3 days
- Common use kitchen
- 24 hour hotel reception
- Utilities (hot/cold water, electricity)
2. Student Originated Furnished RentalThere are a number of different websites to assist students with short and long-term accommodations all over the world. Students use any of these websites at their own risk - CharlotteLaw is not responsible for any issues or problems that may occur with housing. The earlier a student is able to commit to reserving a room, the more selection they will have. Students are encouraged to consider the aforementioned location notes and amenities when selecting your apartment. Students who pool their resources to live as roommates for the duration of the summer program will be able to find very nice amenities in the city center, as rent in Lithuania is generally lower than in the United States.
One of the most commonly used sites is AirBnB (https://www.airbnb.com) which allows private homeowners to rent out rooms or apartments that they own. Most rentals on AirBnB have numerous peer reviews to assist students in making a decision. The website has the advantage of being in English and virtually all listings have contact information that enables you to ask questions in English of the proprietor before making a commitment. Because students will be looking for six (6) weeks or more "? we encourage you to make early plans for the best selection.
VRBO (http://www.vrbo.com), or Vacation Rentals by Owners, is another great option to find privately owned housing that is available for rent. VRBO's website also offers reviews on the properties from past visitors and offers the option of contact information for property managers so that you can make inquiries before making a commitment. Each property lists its availability on a calendar; however, since students will be looking for six (6) weeks or more - we encourage you to make your plans early for the best selection.
Trumpam (http://www.trumpam.lt/) is a new and highly rated company that provides short-term rentals in Lithuania. Their website provides many furnished apartments/flats that are available for shorter-term leases.
Previous participants recommend www.domus247.com based on the positive experiences they had with the company. Students can contact Vaida Pleskacevska directly at email@example.com, through Skype at vastepa1 or renata.pleskacvska, or by telephone at +370-604-48-636 and +370-604-43-032.
3. Realtor-Assisted Furnished RentalIn general, realtors in Lithuania are attached to specific properties and therefore are less proactive than in the United States - spending their time responding to requests regarding their own specific properties instead of helping prospective clients find the right housing option. Realtors can also be slow to respond, but some students may, nonetheless, prefer to use them for their housing accommodations. With that in mind, you can search for realtors online and look at the properties that they have listed. The list price is not likely the final price of any property but instead a starting point for negotiation. Since you are not renting for a 12 month lease, instead for only 6-8 weeks, if you get a property for about the list price, that is favorable. If you decide to use a realtor, be certain to inquire whether utilities and internet are included in the rental price. Students who use this option should be aware that realtors will charge a fee for their assistance if you rent an apartment through them. The typical fee is 500 litas (a little less than $70 at the current exchange rate). Charlotte School of Law and its Summer Abroad in Lithuania program cannot promise the quality of the services and accommodations available.
4. Additional OptionsHostels are widely used around the world, but especially in Europe, for inexpensive lodging. These are low-cost hotels with various options including dorm-style sleeping and private rooms. Accommodations are typically very bare with just a bed and sheets, shared bathrooms, and shared kitchens. Some hostels offer private rooms with suite bathrooms. www.Hostels.com offers many options and provides traveler reviews. You can email individual hostels about long-stay rates if they are not available through the website.
Some hotels may offer discounted rates for long-term stays. Additionally, websites such as www.hotels.com offers discounts for multiple night stays (i.e. stay 5 nights and the 6th night is free.) You may not be able to book a stay longer than 30 days via the website, so either email the hotel directly or book two concurrent stays. Keep in mind that European hotels tend to be smaller than U.S. hotels.
Telecom Guest Hotel (http://www.telecomguesthotel.lt/en/) is about a 20 minute walk from the university and provides long-term rates. All rooms have a bath or shower, air-conditioners, refrigerators, hair dryers, TVs with satellite programs. They have quoted the price for a twin room as 47 Euro per night. However, they offer a 10 percent discount for pre-bookings prior to 30 days before check-in, and they offer a deal where every 6th night is free. A non-refundable 15 percent deposit is due 30 days before arrival. You can contact them through the website.
FacilitiesAll classes will be held in classrooms located on the second floor of the Vilnius University Department of Philosophy, located in Vilnius University's Old Town campus and immediately across from the Lithuanian Presidential Palace. Faculty offices for the purposes of holding office hours or answering student questions will also be available on the 2nd floor. The classrooms used have modern technology, such as smart board and projectors.
Accessibility: While in Lithuania, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from what is found in the United States. Lithuania's Law on Equal Treatment prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities, although it does not specify what kind of disabilities. The law mandates access to buildings for persons with disabilities; however, according to 2010 data from the Department of Statistics, only 40.1 percent of housing was accessible.