Craiova City Life
Also known as ‘Safest City in Romania’, Romania’s Craiova is blessed with charming architecture that reflects its history and culture. As well as a booming financial industry and constant development, this fashionable city has no shortage of big high street names, shopping malls, cool bars, exciting night clubs and a variety of great restaurants. It is also well known for being one of the safest cities in Europe with a very low crime rate which many people attribute to the caring good nature of the very Orthodox Christian, Romanian people.
You get everything in 4 seasons: the spring is warm and beautiful and full of outdoor concerts, the autumn is mild and the pubs get full. The summer is hot but you can jump on the freeway and drive to the Black Sea, while the winter can be full of snow, just like a real Christmas should be.
Rents are really low, you can get a really modern fully furnished 2 bedroom flat for as low as € 250 per month (€ 125 per person). Huge supermarkets and malls are right in the heart of the city, so shopping and food supplying doesn’t consume much of your time. There are more than enough bars and clubs in Craiova that can fit everyone's taste, and every night there’s always a place to hang out with friends.
Transport is easy and affordable; taxi’s fares rarely go above £1. There is a very busy train station, with trains every hour to Bucharest (for less than €5). Buses, trams, and trolleys spread throughout the entire city, with connections to any commercial place or neighbourhood.
Many Romanians placed "Belief" among the Top answers to the question "what is most important in relation to your idea of happiness?" Romanians respect the right of any person to freely worship as they wish with no prejudices of how you look or act. Beautiful churches are spread throughout the city with elegant gardens nearby, where you can enjoy a peaceful stroll in the sunshine or relax under one of the ancient pine trees. Muslims students frequently visit the Mosque to observe their daily prayers, which is conveniently located in the city centre.
Students often take their lunch and head towards the Romanesco Park, a 5-minute walk from the university, where you can enjoy a quick lunch along the riverside or a walk along the many pathways of the park giving you a great chance to find out just how friendly and beautiful the Craiovian people are. The park is the third largest natural park in Europe and houses its own zoo with a few restaurant along the riverside. In spring, students like to hire small boats or bikes and go up and down the river enjoying a break from the tough demands of medicine.
Romania is a democracy, a full member of the European Union, and enjoys every privilege as any of the other 26 countries (freedom of speech, freedom of travel, multiculturalism, consolidated budgets, European policies).