Useful information

1. Currency, Exchange Rates, and Credit Card Services

Slovenia' currency as of January 2007 is Euro.

Eurocard, VISA, Diners Club and American Express, and other cards are widely accepted in shops, hotels and restaurants.

2. Student & Youth Card Services

The most useful ones are: the Student ID card, International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and other plastic ID – style cards with your photograph, which provides discounts on admission to museums and sights, inexpensive meals in some restaurants and discounts on many forms of transport.

3. Embassies and Consulates

For the list of embassies and consulates please look at the web-site:
http://www.sigov.si/mzz/index-nf.htm.#embassies_miss_and_cons
or contact:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Prešernova cesta 25
SI-1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia
Phone: +386 1 478 20 00
Fax.: + 386 1 478 23 40
e-mail: info.mzz@gov.si

4. Cost of Living

Approximately 400 EUR per month to cover all your basic living costs will be needed. Exactly how much you spend will depend on your lifestyle, but this figure would take into account all costs including accommodation, food, public transport and books.

5. Telephone & Postal Services

Calls may be made from private homes, phone booths or post offices. The rates are the same in all cases. Public telephone boxes can be found in all central places in urban areas. The phones operate on magnetic cards, which can be bought at newspaper and tobacco stands as well as at all post offices.

Useful telephone numbers:
Slovene Country Code 386
Ljubljana City Code 1
Slovene Exit Code 00
Police 113
Fire Brigade 112
Emergency First Aid 112

In Ljubljana there is around 30 post offices. They are open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. To 7 p.m. and on Saturdays until 1 p.m. The post office at the central train station is also open at night.

The Ljubljana postcode is: 1000

6. Local Transportation

The most effective means of public transport in Ljubljana is the city bus. In order to make your staying in the suburbs of Ljubljana more comfortable and mobile, we would like to offer you some of the information about Ljubljana Suburban Public Transport.

SALES POINT OF ELECTRONIC TICKETS
LPP Information Centre
Slovenska cesta 56, Ljubljana
Only workdays from 7 am to 7 pm; T: 00386 (0)1 430 51 74; T: 00386 (0)1 430 51 75

Renewal of electronic tickets

Above adress and

Central Bus Station in Ljubljana, Trg OF 4
Naklo Logatec, Notranjska cesta 14
Pav Vrhnika, Cankarjev trg 4
Agencija M Servis d.o.o. Ivančna Gorica
Lunga Grosuplje, Partizanska 6

Praises and complaints
T: +386 (0)1 58 22 506
Every workday from 8 am to 2 pm

The electronic ticket can be acquired with an identity document on Slovenska cesta 56 in Ljubljana (LPP Information Centre), in only a few minutes. The payment can be settled with cash, payment or credit card. The ticket is issued on passenger’s name and includes the information on the type of fare. The deposit for the ticket is 4 EUR, which is reimbursed if the ticket is returned undamaged.

The electronic ticket can be renewed at the following points of sale: Avtobusna postaja Ljubljana, Naklo Logatec, Pav Vrhnika, intermediary in the sale Agencija M Servis d.o.o. Ivančna Gorica and Lunga – Grosuplje. On the ticket, a type of fare and passenger’s name and surname are computer printed.

7. Bookstores

There are many bookstores in Ljubljana, but periodicals and books in foreign languages are best found in:

Cankarjeva založba – Oxford Centre, Kopitarjeva ulica 2, Ljubljana
Tel. 360 37 89, website: www.centeroxford.com
Cankarjeva založba, Slovenska cesta 37, Ljubljana
Tel. 244 26 38, website: www.cankarjeva-z.si
MK – Knjigarna Konzorcij, Slovenska cesta 29, Ljubljana
Tel. 241 06 65, website: www.mladinska.com
Vale Novak, Wolfova ulica 8, Ljubljana
Tel. 422 34 10

8. Shops

Working hours:

Weekdays: 8.a.m. to 7. p.m. (some to 9 p.m.)
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 1. p.m. (some to 9 p.m.)
Sundays and holidays: on duty pharmacies, small markets and some private shops

9. Eating Out

The influences of the East and West, North and South have mingled in Slovenia, a phenomenon noticeable in Slovenia's traditional dishes. The city of Ljubljana offers a great variety of cuisine and prices. Most restaurants serve food until 11 p.m., but some do so until early in the morning. There are also numerous specialized national restaurants: Chinese, Italian, Mexican and Spanish. The tip is not included in the price of the meal. In general, eating out in restaurants is not cheap. Being an exchange student, you can buy meal coupons (20 per month; handicapped students are eligible for an extra 5). The coupons are worth two or three times their purchase price. Some 70 restaurants and inns in town accept the coupons.

10. Laundries

Pralnica perila in šivalnica, Student Campus, Kardeljeva ploščad 14, Building C (9 a. m. – 12 a.m. and 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., closed Saturdays and Sundays)
Bistra, Dunajska 59 (Linhartov podhod), phone nr. 23 10 922 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m., closed Saturdays and Sundays)
Usluga Šiška, Derčeva 31, phone nr. 58 93 303 (6 a.m. – 7 p.m.), Saturdays (8 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

11. Leisure Activities

A rich and varied selection of sports and cultural activities is available to our students, ranging from athletic teams, choirs, photo and film clubs, dancing and theatre groups. There are four cultural or information centers in Ljubljana:

Institute Francais Charles Nodier, tel. 200 05 00, website: www.institutfrance.si/si/
The British Council, tel. 200 01 30, website: www2.britishcouncil.org/slovenia.htm
American Center, US Embassy, tel. 200 55 00, website: www.usembassy.si

12. Entertainment and Culture

Various concerts are held in Cankarjev dom (tel. 241 71 00, website: /www.cd-cc.si), the Philharmonic (tel. 241 08 00, website: www.filharmonija.s/) and in churches. Besides classical music there are many pop, rock and alternative music concerts in halls, clubs, pubs and discotheques.
There are 12 cinemas in the city, well stocked with most current movies. Foreign movies are shown with Slovene subtitles.
Throughout Ljubljana there are about 15 museums and 25 galleries and collections, and seven major theatres.
A detailed program of daily events is listed in the daily newspaper.
For more information and a free copy of a monthly event schedule in Ljubljana, contact Tourist information Centre, located in the city center on Stritarjeva 7 (tel. 306 12 15, website: www.ljubljana.si/usefulinformation/touristinformation).

13. Climate

The climate in Ljubljana is Central European, but is also subject to the influences of warm air from the Adriatic and cold air from the Alps. The average temperature is around 4°C in the winter and around 22°C in the summer. The daytime temperature in the summer is usually 30°C.

14. Drinking Water

The water is safe and drinkable throughout the country.

15. Electricity

Current is 220 V, 50 Hz.