Living in Nicosia

The capital of Cyprus and the country’s largest city, Nicosia offers a fascinating blend of lifestyles, culture and history. The Financial Times recently ranked Nicosia as the #1 city under 500,000 in Europe for lifestyle and education.

From a centuries-old walled city centre that sees monuments in close proximity to late-night clubs, to downtown bargain shopping and brand new suburban malls, and a range of local and international restaurants to suit every palate and budget, Nicosia has something for everyone. And the compact size of Cyprus means that world-famous beaches or charming mountain villages are equally easy to reach – no more than a 45-minute drive from Nicosia. If you’re up for it, at certain times of year you could go skiing in the mountains in the morning and then hit the beach for a swim in the afternoon.

Cultural activities include museums, art galleries, theatres and cinemas. Live concerts feature throughout the year, with recent performances ranging from leading opera companies to major world music stars. For those who are just as keen to exercise their bodies as their minds, the University of Nicosia offers a fully-equipped gym. In addition, there are municipal swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, and running tracks. You can also join a private health club, from those providing fitness classes to all-inclusive sports complexes at major hotels.

Students in Nicosia can choose from a variety of very affordable housing options, many of which are a short walk to our campus. Our Student Affairs team can assist you in finding suitable accommodation for your needs and budget.

Getting around Nicosia is easy. Depending on your location, many areas of the city are within easy walking distance. The public transportation system has been recently upgraded, with buses serving a wide network of routes. Bike paths also link the University of Nicosia and other educational institutions with the city centre. Many students even take advantage of the wide and affordable selection of used cars on the market, as parking on campus is free of charge and readily available, and having your own car makes it even easier to explore Cyprus during your free time.