Life at HRC Culinary Academy

Life at HRC Culinary Academy

Life at HRC Academy

Studying at HRC

You can do many exciting things while studying at HRC! Not only do we study hard but we also like partying. We organise annual parties, graduation ceremonies and fun activities to keep you all excited while cooking your hearts out. Sofia offers a big variety of cafés, bars and cultural activities so there is a little bit for everyone in the city. Should you like to release some steam, get some of your buddies and discover the realms of the city!

Estimate your costs

Welcome to Sofia, the vibrant capital city of Bulgaria! If you’re considering studying here, let’s take a closer look at the cost of living and what it’s like to be a student in this exciting European city.


The cost of accommodation in Sofia is generally affordable compared to other European capitals. Students often have various options, such as shared apartments, private rentals or our campus hotel Kitchen59.

Accommodation at Kitchen59

We can accommodate you in two types of rooms – single and shared. All the rooms have private bathrooms and fridges. Students can also benefit from a huge common room, a professionally equipped common kitchen, access to restaurant, deli and rooftop café/bar. Staff is available 24/7 and the whole building is secured at night.

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HRC students use special discounts!


Sofia offers an efficient public transportation system, including buses, trams, and a metro network. The cost of a single public transport ticket is relatively low, making it easy for students to explore the city and commute to their universities. A monthly student transport pass costs around 35 Euros.

Food and Dining

Sofia boasts a diverse culinary scene with a mix of traditional Bulgarian cuisine and international restaurants. Students can enjoy a meal at a budget-friendly restaurant for around 10 to 20 Euros. Cooking at home can be even more cost-effective, as groceries are reasonably priced, especially if you shop at local markets.

Entertainment and Activities

Being a student in Sofia means you’ll have plenty of opportunities for entertainment and cultural experiences. From visiting museums and galleries to exploring the city’s historical landmarks, many attractions offer discounted entry for students. Additionally, there are numerous student-friendly cafes, bars, and clubs where you can socialize with your peers without breaking the bank.


Healthcare in Bulgaria is generally affordable. As an international student, you may have access to basic healthcare services through the national health insurance system, provided you have valid health insurance coverage. It’s essential to check the specific requirements and options available for international students at your chosen university.

Language and Communication

While Bulgarian is the official language, many Bulgarians, especially in Sofia, speak English, especially the younger population and those involved in the tourism and education sectors. As a student, you will likely find it relatively easy to communicate in English.

Overall, studying in Sofia offers an enriching experience both academically and culturally, without putting a significant strain on your finances. The city’s welcoming atmosphere, combined with its affordable cost of living, makes it an attractive destination for students from around the world. So, if you’re ready for a memorable academic journey, consider making Sofia your home away from home!

What to do in Sofia?

Living in Sofia

Sofia is a real student city with 25 local and international universities hosting students from all over the world. Numerous shopping malls with cinemas, cafes, restaurants and supermarkets can be found in every district. With the expansion of the city, the metro network grows as well and now connects all the key locations. Both our Sofia locations can be very well reached by public transportation.

Downtown and the Student’s city are the place-to-be for nightlife. Almost every week Sofia is home of international concerts, sports shows and other events you can expect at a vibrant metropolitan city.

The city is close to various tourist sites making it a good place for students to match their studies with sightseeing and discovery of new places, people and culture. The ski slopes are minutes away on Vitosha Mountain, also providing great opportunities for hiking and bike rides. Besides the beautiful nature, there are several ancient churches, monasteries and museums that make the surrounding area the perfect place for weekend breaks.