In close proximity to ZSEM is a hospital and emergency center KBC Rebro – Kišpatićeva street 12.
For specialized doctors (dentist, orthopedist, dermatologist, psychologist, etc.) please contact your Incoming Coordinator.
ZSEM has its own Sport Association where you can play basketball, volleyball, small football, squash, and tennis. To apply, please contact [email protected]
If you want to get active on your own, ZSEM is situated very close to many of Zagreb’s recreational areas: park Maksimir – where you can go for a walk or for a run (a running club “Trčaona” organizes running schools in the park during Spring and Summer), mount Medvednica is great if you like to hike or ski. Swimming pool Svetice and tennis center Maksimir are also nearby. You can also visit the following gyms, sports, and dance centers: Gyms4You, First Fitness and Squash Tower, XXL Kvatrić, Badminton Club Max, Fothia Bouldering/Climbing club, Zagreb Dance Centre, Escape, Salsa De Fuego – Latin and Ballroom Dances, Divya Yoga Center.
If you want to engage in religious and spiritual practice or conversations, there is a Catholic student chaplain available at the University, as well as a Church which is right next to the school.
Student benefits cards
EU students have the right to obtain student X-card. A student X-card is a Croatian student benefits card that offers discounts in student restaurants, cinemas, buses, etc. The card costs 50 kunas to make. To get it please contact your Incoming coordinator.
You can also get an ESN card from the Erasmus Student Network. To get it please go to Ulica kralja Zvonimira 8.
Students that are not from the EU can get an ISIC card.You can get it at:
STA putovanja, Andrije Hebranga 22, Zagreb – working hours from 9h to 17h (the card is done in 5 minutes)
Student Center Zagreb – Savska cesta 25, next to Student job center (the card is done in 5 minutes)
ZSEM has its own library “Juraj Habdelić” where you can rent books absolutely for free. You can also print in the library for 50 lipas per copy (1 kuna per sheet). In order to do that you will have to sign up to the library. Please contact your Incoming Coordinator for further information.
You can also sign up to the Zagreb City Libraries. If you sign into one, you are signed up in all the libraries in the city. The membership is 50 kuna. Library “Bogdan Ogrizović” in Preradovićeva street 5 has many books in foreign languages. For more information contact you Incoming coordinator.
Public Transport Pass (ZET card)
In order to use Zagreb’s public transport services – tram and bus, you need to obtain your ZET card. The cost of the student ZET card is 130 kunas initially – 30 kunas to create it + 100 kunas to charge it monthly.
To make your ZET card please go to Ozaljska street 105 (Tram station Ljubljanica) – Cashier 11. Working hours from 7.30 to 15h.
You can recharge it monthly at any newsstand/shop TISAK in Zagreb.
To create the ZET card please bring with yourself:
Filled ZET Application Form (must be signed by your Incoming coordinator and stamped by the Faculty)
One ID picture
Proof that you are a student at ZSEM
At ZSEM we have developed a buddy program to help you integrate. As soon as you send all the documentation and receive your Letter of Acceptance, you will be assigned a buddy who you can ask anything you need to know about studying at ZSEM or generally life in Zagreb and Croatia. Where is the nearest pharmacy? How to buy a Croatian SIM card? Which phone company is the cheapest? All these questions a buddy can help you answer.
Culture in Zagreb
The Croatian culture has its own distinct flavor which comes from its rich historical background and geographical conditions. The country has been influenced by many cultures and it is quite evident from the monuments and historical relics. Art lovers will love Zagreb for its numerous festivals – film, theatre, music, dance, animation, you name it. Some of the most famous festivals are: Zagreb’s traditional Christmas market (3 times in a row announced the best Christmas market in Europe), Festival of Lights, Welcome Spring Festival, Zagreb Dox (documentary film festival), Festival of Tolerance, AnimaFest (festival of animated movies), World Theatre Festival, Dvorišta, InMusic Festival, Ultra Europe in Split, Sonus festival and many other festivals on the island Pag. Zagreb is the city that gave birth to some of the most innovative museums in the world, such as the Museum of Broken Relationships, Museum of Illusions and Museum of War Photography. Croatia is also home of Naive art and Zagreb is home to the world’s first Naive Art Museum. Here are some cultural attractions worth seeing.
Restaurants, cafes, bars, and night clubs
Johann Franck – high-end cafe, bar, club, and restaurant all in one, situated right on Zagreb’s main square.
Opera – a popular night club in Zagreb’s city center.
History – a popular cafe, restaurant and night club in the most famous street in Zagreb – Tkalčićeva street!
Hollywood – a popular night club for students.
Ritam grada – the right place to be if you are into Salsa parties!
Swanky Monkey – a very cool bar situated next to a very cool hostel. It has a summer garden, live music concerts and an outside swimming pool in the summer!
Vintage Industrial Bar – an alternative bar in the west of Zagreb. The right place to be for rock music fans.
Katran – a very quirky popular night club in central Zagreb.
Močvara – alternative haven, the place to go for alternative music fans.
Rakhia Bar – the central meeting place for all the international students in Zagreb, situated in the vivacious Tkalča street.
Žirafa – an affordable alternative bar, popular among international students.
Choco Cafe – the most popular pancake restaurant in Zagreb, with very interesting interior decor and meal options.
La Štruk – one of the most popular restaurants in Zagreb, offering traditional Zagreb’s dessert – Štrukle – with a twist.
Nokturno – a very good and affordable restaurant in the city center.
Harat’s pub – a popular Irish pub in the center of the city.
Mali Medo – a popular beerhouse with several locations.
Karaoke club Praćka – it has karaoke every day. The right place to be if you love to sing!
Booksa – cute little book cafe with a quite, cozy atmosphere where you can come to study or chill out with friends.
Zagreb’s city center is the main shopping district with many small boutiques offering local hand-made products, as well as big multinational stores, such as Muller, Zara, H&M, etc. Zagreb also has more than 10 shopping centers spread throughout the whole city, where you can find everything you need during your stay here – Arena Centar, City Center East, City Center West, Avenue Mall, etc.
Many Croatians, as well as our international students, instead of going to large supermarkets, prefer to buy fresh locally sourced groceries on the farmers market Dolac, which is located in the very center of the city and open every day.
ZSEM’s location in the heart of Croatia gives studying at ZSEM yet another advantage sinceZagreb is located just a few hours from popular European cities like Vienna, Milan, Budapest, and Munich. These cities, as well as Croatia’s natural beauties like Dubrovnik, the Plitvice Lakes National Park and its over 1,000 islands, are easily accessible by plane, train, bus/car or ferry. In our experience students, while studying at ZSEM, mostly visit Plitvice Lakes National Park (most popular destination), Pula, Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik, Budapest, Ljubljana, Sarajevo, Mostar, and Belgrade.
International Office Activities
ZSEM’s International Office organizes many non-academic activities so that the students can get to know each other and socialize. It organizes at least one activity every week – trips, monthly Language Cafe, museum visits, festival visits, bowling, etc. To participate in these activities please contact your Incoming Coordinator.