Discover the largest university centres in Serbia – the Niš edition
DISCOVER THE LARGEST UNIVERSITY CENTRES IN SERBIA – THE NIŠ EDITION
Welcome to the city of Niš: the last stop on our journey throughout Serbia. Like in our previous blog posts, keep on reading to find out what to do, where to go, and stay in the third-largest city in the Republic of Serbia!
What to see in Niš?
Niš is frequently overlooked by tourists. As a center of activity in the south of Serbia and the birthplace of Constantine the Great, a famous Roman emperor, the city has inherited a significant cultural and historical heritage. In the following paragraphs, we will mention just a few landmarks of Niš. More information about the city can be found on its official website.
Like many other Serbian cities, Niš also has a grandiose fortress in the city’s heart. The existing fortification is of Ottoman origin, and it dates back from the first decades of the 18th century. Since 1966, the Fortress is also the location of the well-known Niš Film Festival.
Bubanj Memorial Park is located on the city’s outskirts, and it commemorates the mass murder execution of 10,000 Serbian citizens in the Second World War. In the park, there are three enormous fists raised to the sky, a unique reminder that war is devastating. Besides the monuments, the memorial is serene and an amazing place for a morning walk.
Maybe the most popular tourist attraction in Niš is the Skull Tower. The Tower was built in 1809, and it consisted of the skulls of almost 1000 Serbian rebels. Since then, less than a hundred have been preserved. The Ottomans built it to warn the locals against another Serbian uprising. This stone structure embedded with human skulls is one of the most famous monuments in the region.
Where to stay?
Housing is quite affordable in Niš. A two-bedroom flat at a central location can be rented for 200 EUR monthly, without utilities. An even more affordable option is to share a flat with other peers. If you are on a strict budget, finding a room in a student dorm may be the best solution for you. Rooms in student dormitories are usually shared, and the spots are quite limited, so check well in advance with the International Office of your institution on 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?
There is a zone tariff system of public transportation in Nis. Depending on the zone, the cost of a single ticket will vary from 60 to 90 RSD. Multiple bus lines connect every corner of the city and its outskirts. The prices of monthly student tickets will vary depending on the zone: from 10 to 20 EUR a month. Check this website to learn more about the city’s public transport.
Besides buses, there is a great number of taxis that can easily transport you from A to B at affordable prices. If you are up for some exercise, try cycling! The city is not very large, so this might be the most budget-friendly option for you.
Where to go out?
Everywhere! The city’s charming atmosphere will make you feel special wherever you go. There are plenty of cafes that are open during the day and evening. For nightlife, you can visit one of many clubs. Or have a walk along the riverbanks and enjoy the city’s river – Nišava. If you are into jazz, an international jazz festival called Nisville is organized every August. Nisville is the most visited jazz festival in Southeast Europe since its establishment in 1995. British Guardian put it on the list of top 10 jazz festivals in Europe in 2016!