Discover the largest university centres in Serbia – the Kragujevac edition
DISCOVER THE LARGEST UNIVERSITY CENTRES IN SERBIA – THE KRAGUJEVAC EDITION
Welcome to the city of Kragujevac; the next edition in our series of blog posts about the four largest university cities in Serbia. If you want to find out what to see when in Kragujevac, where to stay, how to move around the city, and have fun, keep on reading!
What to see in Kragujevac?
Serbia’s fourth-largest city, Kragujevac, is not always first on the must-see list of Serbian cities. However, it has a lot to offer. One of the most important historical landmarks of the city is Šumarice Memorial Park, a prominent site where thousands of townspeople were killed during the Nazi occupation in World War II. The execution happened on October 21, 1941. The park is full of monuments that represent the victims and their suffering. The “Interrupted Flight” monument is probably the most memorable one. It is dedicated to the killed school children and their teachers. Besides the monuments, the park is full of greenery and radiates respect to those who lost their lives during the war. If history interests you, do not skip this place!
Located in the city center and founded in 1833, the building of the First Grammar School of Kragujevac continues to impress everybody. The carpentry on the School is from the 19th century, and it was built in a Viennese carpentry workshop. The building is under state protection as a cultural and historical monument of great importance.
For more outdoor and laid-back activities, visit Veliki park (the Big Park) and enjoy a picnic or a run there. It is very popular among the locals for sporting activities.
Where to stay?
The cost of accommodation in Kragujevac is much more affordable than housing in the capital. Depending on your personal needs, you can share a flat with other students, or you can rent a whole place just for yourself. A room in a shared flat in the city center will cost around 65 euros a month. If you decide to live on your own, a decent size flat can be rented for just above 100 euros monthly, utilities excluded.
Another budget-friendly option is to book a room in one of the student dorms. Rooms in student dormitories are usually shared, and the spots are limited, so make sure to check with the International Office of your institution how to book one before you arrive. Also, visit our website to learn more about student accommodation in Serbia.
How to move around the city?
Public transportation in Kragujevac is great. Although the city is not very large and there is no metro, there are multiple bus lines that connect every corner of the city and its outskirts. The city has implemented an electronic billing system with four types of eKG cards. You can opt for a personalized, non-personalized, and daily eKG cards. The fourth option is to buy a single ride ticket that also can be bought from bus drivers. If you buy it on your own, at one of 80 selling points, you will need to pay 70 RSD for one ticket (approximately 60 cents).
The personalized monthly cards are the most affordable since they can be used on an unlimited number of rides. For foreign citizens, the monthly transportation ticket costs around 25 euros, whereas students need to set aside a bit more than 10 euros each month for the monthly pass. Check this web-site to learn more about public transportation in Kragujevac
Where to go out?
The Youth Centre in Kragujevac, called Dom online, is a cult place where people of all generations gather. It is close to the student dorm and the First Grammar School of Kragujevac and conveniently located in the city center. Being a university city, the student population in Kragujevac is quite large, so there are many spots all around the city where students gather and have fun! Besides a great nightlife, Kragujevac also hosts many music and theatre festivals, such as a well-known International theater festival “Joakimfest”. It usually takes place in autumn, so make sure to check it out if you are in the city in September. Over 140 plays from 25 countries of the world have been performed at “Joakimfest”, in which more than 700 theater creators have participated.