CONTENT Introducing Cluj-Napoca ............................................... 6 Accommodation ............................................................ 8 Discover Cluj............................................................... 10 Other activities ............................................................ 15 Foods and drinks ......................................................... 19 Where to enjoy a coffee? ............................................. 24 Where to enjoy a drink? .............................................. 26 Where to enjoy a night out? ......................................... 28 Where to get something to eat? ................................... 30 Our Money .................................................................. 35 What prices to expect.................................................. 37 Transportation around Cluj-Napoca ............................ 37 Explore Romania with us ............................................. 42 MUST HAVE................................................................. 53 Useful Words ............................................................... 55
Who are we?
We are a group of medical students who work together as a little family, whose main purpose is to help other students like us create wonderful memories. We focus our work on international exchanges because we want students who come here to learn about global health and live an intercultural experience. We will make sure that you won't be lacking fun. At the end of the exchange we all become an international family!
Introducing Cluj-Napoca Maybe you haven’t heard of Cluj before applying for your exchange, but we can guarantee you won’t forget it anytime soon. Cluj-Napoca, or simply Cluj, is situated in the heart of Transylvania, a region best known for the bloodthirsty vampires and howling wolves. Some may think it’s fictional, but this Romanian region is a real place. Bohemian cafes, music festivals, and wild nightlife are the real soul of the city. At a first walk you will be impressed by the architecture: ranging from the Romania’s second largest Gothic church, to baroque buildings, medieval towers and modern office buildings. All of them combine into a perfect blend that will charm you forever. After you are tired of exploring the city you can dip into some galleries or gardens where you will find picturesque restaurants and you can enjoy a bottle (or 2) of locally produced beer. Did you know that in Cluj you can drink a beer for only 3 Lei (0.7€/$)? This makes our city one of the cheapest places in the world to have a beer!!!
As the night falls over the city, you can experience Clujâ€™s fiery night life in one of the many clubs in town. Or if you prefer a more tranquil night you can take a stroll in the Central Park and finish your walk on the Fortress Hill to admire the city lights and enjoy the silence of the night. When the early morning sun comes up, you can recover from last night taking a sip of coffee in one of the cityâ€™s iconic squares and start a new day in the rays of the sun, breathing one of the cleanest airs in Europe. Prepare yourself for the best summer of your life!
Welcome to Cluj-Napoca!
Accommodation You'll have the opportunity to experience the Romanian student life at its fullest by spending 1 month in UMF dormitories. WHAT DO WE OFFER? Dorms consisting of: -room for 2(bedsheets provided) -private bathroom -small kitchen with gas stove and fridge -washing machines and dryers on each floor No kitchen related tools (cutlery, pots, plates, etc.) are provided!
A CAMPUS FULL OF OPPORTUNITIES There's a lot going on around the campus and it is sometimes hard to decide between so many choices. Smartly situated in between the silence of a small private park and 'Piezisa' (the street where you can
experience Cluj night life) our campus can keep you busy day and night. You can choose a relaxing small night walk, or maybe a good dark coffee in the morning after a long night full of parties. Either way, you will find near our dorms everything you want. If you get really hungry at midnight, don't worry, we got you covered because non-stop shops are at a stone's throw: 'Profi' market and also the usual fastfood shops where you can enjoy a not so traditional shawarma or big meaty sandwiches.
Discover Cluj We are sure you will want to see every corner of the city, from admiring the beautiful surroundings to getting a taste of the fun nights. We promise you, there is no dull moment in Cluj-Napoca. Admire the panorama from the Fortress Hill Built in 1735 by the Habsburg Empire as a point of defence and observation, the Fortress is nowadays the perfect place to have a walk and be stunned by the view, especially in the evening when city lights are starting to shine.
Hoia Baciu Forest Known as the most haunted forest in the world, Hoia Baciu is often referred to as the â€œBermuda Triangleâ€? of Romania, since there has been intense paranormal activity reported from locals. Visitors often experience anxiety, only amplified at night. Moreover, this feeling is enhanced by the trees that donâ€™t grow in a straight line. Despite the bad name it was given, there are parties hosted in this forest, and also tours.
Explore the Romanian Culture We highly recommend you to visit the open-air â€œRomulus Vuiaâ€? National Ethnographic Museum. Every building from the museum is fully equipped with traditional objects and installations people used back in the day. Other museums that are worth a visit: National History Museum of Transylvania, Pharmacy History Collection.
Join the festival fever We can definitely say Cluj is the capital of fun this summer with 2 incredible festivals taking place here: Electric Castle and Untold. Electric Castle is a unique festival experience that takes place on the amazing domain of Banffy Castle a.k.a. The Versailles of Transylvania. This yearâ€™s edition of Electric Castle, taking place between 1721 July, celebrates its sixth anniversary with a plethora of world-renowned acts and will bring together over 150,000 people. Headliners this year are Florence + The Machine, 30 seconds to Mars, Bring me to horizon. With such artists coming to Transylvania it is sure that will be one of the best editions!
Untold Festival Romania’s largest festival and Europe’s best festival in 2015, is taking place in Cluj between 1-4 August. This year’s line-up includes Armin van Burren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, David Guetta, Martin Garrix and many more. An explosive mix of dub step, house and EDM music takes the stage over 4 euphoric nights. What is even great, the festival takes place in the heart of Cluj: The Central Park and our modern stadium, Cluj Arena.
Other activities Beat the heat During the hottest days of the summer, water fights are organized. People with water guns, water bottles or balloons filled with water gather in the Union Square or the Central Park and start the biggest Water Fight you will ever see. After the war, you can relax at an open-air swimming pool and continue the fun. The dungeon A live room escape game that will give you and your friends a thrilling experience. You get locked up in a creepy room and your goal is to solve the puzzle and escape in 60 minutes or less. The experience comes in two different places, both coming with exquisite mysteries to solve:
• The experiment + The candy shop (Petru Maior Street. 13) • Crime scene + The bunker (Observatorului Street. 90)
Cluj-Napoca’s finest malls Since visiting a new city is usually accompanied by a trip to the mall, we figured we’d spare you a tip in finding out where they are and just point you in their direction. Here are the main shopping centres in our city:
1. Vivo Cluj-Napoca (Everyone calls this Polus)
2. Iulius Mall Cluj
3. Platinia Shopping Center (The closest one)
You can get to each of these malls by using the bus line number 24B!
Foods and drinks “Telemea” is a product which has been labelled for centuries as a soft and salty cheese made from cow milk mainly. It is usually served as an appetizer along with some fresh veggies or it can also represent a consistent breakfast early in the morning.
“Zacuscă" is supposed to be a boiled mixture of all sorts of vegetables (carrots, beans, onions, eggplants), combined with tomatoes and peppers, which are a must. After it cools down, it is preserved in jars and then, it can be savoured on top of a smooth slice of bread.
“Slană” represents an ever-lasting appetizer in Romania, which consists of a thick layer of smoked pork fat, best served with a pile of freshly cut onions. Truth be said, it is almost the only thing a medical student eats during exams sessions. People can relate. Really!
“Ciorbă de burtă” a.k.a. tripe soup. Basically, it is a traditional soup with the main ingredient being the stomach of a cow cut into small pieces. It also contains great amounts of garlic, which gives it an astonishing taste, and it must be served with sour cream and a hot chilli pepper, otherwise you get it all wrong.
“Sarmale” are cabbage rolls stuffed with pork meat and rice which are boiled together with tomato broth and smoked meat. At the end, you pile them up in a nice-looking bowl and, if curious, you add some sour cream to trigger an entire splash party in your mouth. Totally worth it!
“Mămăligă” is by far the most common and easily done traditional dish in our country. It is something we can relate to as a porridge made of corn flour topped with sour cream and salty cheese. The trick is actually, when it cools down, it becomes hard and it can be used instead of bread anytime. It’s a win-win really!
â€œMici" are, to put it bluntly, naked sausages. Just raw meat rolled up which are meant to be cooked on a grill. You take them hot as hell from the grill, you put them on a large plate along with freshly made fries (yummy) and a mandatory dose of mustard and eventually, you end up in the middle of a sausage party.
TochiturÄƒ Represents basically a general meeting between captain Pork Meat, sergeant Sausage, president Bacon and first lady Fried Egg. The host of the event is none other than queen Mamaliga, all of them being entertained by miss Sour Cream. This dish describes a FoodGasm
a doughnutPapanaČ™i, likedessert consisting of fried dough covered with sweet cream and forest fruits jam or strawberries jam. They are presented in a simplistic and cute manner, which makes them one of the most desirable desserts around here. They look so tasty they might be even illegal. Just kiddingâ€Śnot.
â€œČšuicÄƒâ€? is the ultimate DRINK of the DEVIL đ&#x;˜ˆđ&#x;˜ˆ . L egend has it that, the horny red guy downstairs would take a sip of it before every meal in order to kill all the germs beforehand. We, Romanians, stole the habit from him but, being originally a bit sceptic, we drink an entire glass of it so that we can ensure a complete aseptic environment. This traditional, life-giving drink is made of fermented plums and, simply put, it helps you digest everything you eat. In high doses, it gives you wings. Please DONâ€™T USE THEM!!!
Where to enjoy a coffee?
Meron Caffe Adress: Inside Platinia Mall Open: 8 AM â€“ 11 PM
Kafea Adress: Hasdeu Street nr. 76, ClujNapoca Open: 7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Olivo Caffe & Bistro Adress: Eroilor Boulevard nr. 7, ClujNapoca Open: 8:00AM-10:00PM
Victor Adress: Victor Babes Street nr. 33, ClujNapoca Open: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM CLOSED IN AUGUST!
Where to enjoy a drink?
London pub Adress: Piezisa Street Open: 8AM-3AM Contact Info: 0364 417195
The Soviet Adress: Frankin Roosevelt Open: 10AM-2AM Contact Info: 0749 902484
JOIN Social Bar Adress: Piezisa Street Open: 10 AM â€“ 03 AM Contact Info: 0749483658
Che Guevara Pub Address: Union Square 10 Open: 8AM-1AM Contact info: 0737 300 300
Where to enjoy a night out?
Janis la Stuf Address: ess: Unio Union Square 19 Open: 9AM-7AM Contact:
Flying Circus Pub Address: Universitatii Street 3 Open: 5PM-4AM
Caro Club & Bistro: Address: Piata Muzeului (Museum Square) nr. 6 Open: 8 AM – 6 AM Entry fee: 10 RON Monday and Thursday tequila shots are 2 RON!
Delirio Gay Club Address: Bulevardul 1 Decembrie nr. 8 Open: 10 PM – 5 AM (only on weekends) Entry fee Friday: 10 RON Entry fee Saturday: 20 RON
Where to get something to eat?
Euphoria Biergarten Address: Cardinal Iuliu Hosu Street nr. 25 Open: 9 AM â€“ 3 AM
Donuterie Address: Memorandumului street nr. 6 Open: 9 AM â€“ 9 PM
Baracca Address: Napoca Street nr. 8A Open: 12 PM – 11 PM
Makeba Address: Inocentiu Micu Klein street nr. 23 Open: 9 AM – 1 AM
Enigma Address: Iuliu Maniu Street nr. 12 Open: 8 AM – 3 AM
Casa Boema Address: Iuliu Maniu street nr. 34 Open: 11 AM – 4 AM
Klausen burger Adress: Regele Ferdinand Street nr. 22 Open: 10 AM – 2 AM
Marty Restaurants Address: Babes Street. 39 Address 2: Union Square 14 Open: 9 AM – 11 PM
Yep N’ Yo Address: Union Square 13 Open: 10 AM – 10 PM
Livada Address: Clinicilor Street. 14 Open: 9 AM – 11 PM
1 EURO = ~ 4.76 RON (lei)
1 LEU = 0.21 EURO
5 LEI = 1, 05 EURO
10 LEI = 2, 10 EURO
50 LEI = 10.5 EURO
100 LEI = 21 EURO
200 LEI = 42 EURO
500 LEI = 105 EURO
We recommend you to come with Euro, US Dollars or Pounds and exchange them to Romanian Lei at one of the many currency exchange points. Also, you can
easily withdraw money from an ATM, as the nearest one is only 100m away from the dorms. TIP: try to exchange your money to lei in the city centre as the exchange rate is better than at the airport.
What prices to expect Basic life support 1 bottle of water(0,5L)- 2lei 1 bread- 2lei 1 carton of milk(1L)- 5 lei 1 egg- 0.8 lei 1 cup of coffee- 4-8 lei 1 soda(0,5L)- 3 lei 1 bar of chocolate- 4 lei 1 roll of toilet paper- 1-2 lei Advanced life support 1 bottle of beer(0,5L)-3-8 lei 1 pack of cigarettes- 19 lei 1 bottle of wine- 25 lei
Transportation around Cluj-Napoca CTP Cluj-Napoca
This is the public transport company that offers buses, trolleybuses, trams and minibuses which service the city of Cluj-Napoca. Timetables and routes for each line can be found on the official website: CTP Cluj (English) Map of Cluj-Napoca, with all routes highlighted. Alternatively, these apps are handy for routeplanning: Transport Cluj-Napoca (iOS) Transport Cluj-Napoca (Android) Tickets can be bought: • From ticket kiosks (two-way tickets, 5 RON) • From ticket machines (one-way tickets, 2.5 RON AND two-way tickets, 5 RON) • Via text message to 7479 (fares vary, see: SMS Tickets) Tickets CANNOT be bought from the bus driver!
Be sure to validate your ticket immediately after boarding every bus. Look for the stamper / puncher.
Certain CTP employees, called ticket controllers, (“controlori” or – colloquially – “bocteri”) will randomly board buses and ask to see your ticket. If you do not show them a validated (stamped or punched) ticket, they will escort you off the bus and charge a fine of 35 lei. Tips & Tricks: Keep in mind that the traffic in Cluj-Napoca regularly becomes jammed around 6-8 and 17-19: since buses rarely have their own lanes, they often become stuck in traffic and run late during these times of day.
Make sure not to confuse Urban and Metropolitan lines (marked with an â€œMâ€?, followed by a number): they use different tickets and follow different routes. The buses are often late, early or may never show at all. Most buses have an intercom system which automatically announces the next bus stop. Taxi There are multiple taxi companies in Cluj-Napoca, with essentially similar fares. To call a cab, call the company-specific number or use Clever Taxi App List of companies (in order of popularity): Daniel Taxi: 0264 947 Napoca Taxi: 0264 953 Diesel Taxi: 0264 946 Nova Taxi: 0264 949 Note that the more popular the company, the harder it will be to find one during peak hours. Average day fee: 2.25 RON/km Average night fee: 2.95 RON/km UBER With every city comes great UBER services. You can enjoy your favourite get-around app in Cluj as well.
BOLT Another useful app when you are searching for a way to get around the city. It works just like UBER! ClujBike A unique, recently introduced project, offers a network of 50 bicycle hubs spread throughout the city. You can rent a bike from one of the hubs, and park it in any of the others. For more info on obtaining the necessary card, check with the Tourist Info Centre or at the City Hall. You can freely use the bike for 60 minutes, after that a payment is necessary to continue using the bike.
Explore Romania with us For those of you who want a little insight in how you are going to spend your weekends in Romania, here it is an overview of our notorious national trips. For the ones who are willing to taste the adventure, just skip the next pages and donâ€™t trust anything until you live it on your own!
Brasov Trip The first National trip will take place in the centre of Romania, where the most beautiful castles and fortresses in the country are waiting to be explored. The Peles Castle Located on Peles brook valley, on the spot named Pietrele Arse (The Burned Stones), Peles Castle, the most famous royal residence in Romania, was built between 1875 and 1883.
It is said that sometime in August 1866 king Carol I arrived in the neighbourhood and spent the night at a monastery near the village. He was so impressed by the wild and the picturesque landscapes that he decided to build here a castle.
Poiana Brasov - Monterai Resort Our night will be lightened by an amazing bonfire and our moods will be heightened by the good music and Romanian party atmosphere.
Rasnov Citadel Situated on the old trading road that linked Transylvania to Wallachia, it is one of the bestpreserved citadels in Transylvania. Rasnov Citadel has a simple architecture style, resembling the structure of the ordinary houses. You can feel the medieval atmosphere even nowadays, after 500 years of existence. Bran Castle Bran Castle, located between the mountains Bucegi and Piatra Craiului, attracts
thousands of tourists because of the Count Dracula's legend. Where does the Dracula's Legend come from? It was
created by the writer Bram Stoke, who published in 1897 the novel "Dracula, the vampire from Carpati" which had a great impact upon the readers worldwide. In fact, the legend of the bloody count was not associated with Vlad the Impaler until 20th century. The superstition is due to the fact that the ruler was pitiless with his enemies, outlaws, and those who did not obey him. Brasov Founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211 on an ancient Dacian site and settled by the Saxons as one of the seven walled citadels, Brasov exudes a distinct medieval ambiance.
Brasov is a beautiful city where you can relax drinking a coffee in the old Town Hall Square, or stroll around exploring the old buildings and the Rope Street, one of the narrowest in Europe, or maybe take a peek inside the Black Church, the largest gothic church in Romania.
Sibiu Trip Sibiu is one of the most important cultural centres of Romania and was designated the European Capital of Culture for the year 2007.
The defence towers and walls One next to the other, the old stronghold towers gather round the heart of the city like a girdle of unflinching sentinels. “The Red City”, that’s how they called Sibiu because of it is red clay brick walls that kept the foes at bay. The fortifications watched over the whole history of Hermannstadt and these walls carry the city’s 824 years of attested history carved deep within them. The Liar’s Bridge The pedestrian bridge offers an impressive view, connecting the Lower Town to the Upper Town. The legend says that the bridge will collapse if someone will sit on it and tell a lie. The spoken tradition has many variations of the legend, like the Lover’s Lies and the legend of the merchants that sold in this area.
The Evangelic Church It is one of the most impressive buildings in Sibiu. It was raised in the 14th century on the location of an old Roman Church. The building is dominated by the seven-level tower with other four towers: a mark showing that the city had the right of condemnation. With a height of 73,34 meters, the tower is the tallest in Transylvania.
The Astra Museum The Museum of Folkloric Traditional Civilization is a wonderful expression of the Romanian old village. It is located in the Dumbrava Forest, and has an exhibition circuit of 10 km which hosts original monuments characteristic for the values of the Romanian village.
"We were wrong, this is better than the Stelvio, this is the best road in the world!" Jeremy Clarkson - Top Gear
The Transfagarasan mountain road is one of the most spectacular roads in the world. It passes over the Fagaras mountains in Transylvania, Romania at 2000 meters.
The Transfagarasan was built between 1970 and 1974 by military forces. After the 1968 invasion of
Czechoslovakia by the Soviets, Nicolae Ceausescu had it built as a strategic military route to cross the mountains in the event the Soviets attempted a similar move into Romania. The builders used 6000 tons of dynamite to clear a path for the road on the northern side of the mountains and on the tunnel. 40 soldiers lost their lives during construction. Balea Lake is a glacier lake with clear, icy water. It's surrounded by mountain peaks. The first European ice hotel was built here in 2006. Since then it's constructed here every year in December with ice from the frozen lake.
Alba Iulia “The Other Capital of Romania”
A town coated by the legendary halo of the great historical events that took place within its ancient walls, Alba Iulia has deeply got into the Romanian people’s mind and soul. No other Transylvanian town has gathered so many crucial meanings and symbols. A royal citadel, residence of the bishopric, capital of autonomous principality, and a military garrison, Alba Iulia has been during all historical periods the main political, administrative, religious, cultural, and military centre of Transylvania.
MUST HAVE What to bring to Cluj?
During your “working” time you will need a white coat, scrubs and shoes. In Romanian hospitals there is no Fashion Police, so....the scrubs can be any color. Also, don't forget to bring your Hand Book/LogBook provided by your Local Officer.
#fun As you will stay in a dorm, towels are NOT provided. Be sure to bring one, or that will be the first thing you buy here. During the exchange we will organize the well-known National Food and Drink Party. Impress us with some of your country’s plates and make us tipsy with your drinks. Bring a flag and let’s start the party! In July and August, the weather will most likely be very good, with the daily average around 30 Degrees. Don’t forget your swim suit!! However, the weather can be unpredictable and some temperature variations can appear. We kindly advise you to bring some clothes for cooler days, as you will also use them in the National Trips. To sum up, here’s a list with all the things you need for your exchange: White Coat Scrubs& shoes Your HandBook/LogBook Towels &Kitchen stuff(if you think you will need any) Clothes for colder weather Food and Beverages representative for your country Your country's flag
Useful Words Daily use Good morning/afternoon/ night! = Bună dimineața/ ziua/ seara! Hello! = Salut! My name is ... = Numele meu este... What’s your name? =Cum tenumești? How are you? = Ce maifaci? Excuse me = Măscuzați Enjoy your meal! = Poftăbună! Help! = Ajutor! Please = Vă rog Thank you! = Mulțumesc! You’re welcome! = Cu plăcere! Dorm = Cămin
Room = Cameră Bathroom = Baie/ Toaletă Hospital = Spital Shop = Magazin Street = Stradă Money = Bani Food = Mâncare Drinks = Băuturi Water = Apă Mr. /Mrs. = Domnul/ Doamna Right/ Left = Dreapta/ Stânga Forward/ Backward = Înainte/ Înapoi Cold/ Warm = Rece/ Cald Entrance/ Exit = Intrare/ Ieșire Why/ When/ Where/ What/ How? = De ce/ Când/ Unde/ Ce/ Cum ?
I don’t understand = Nu înțeleg Do you speak English? = Vorbiți engleză? I’m in a hurry = Mă grăbesc What’s going on? = Ce se întâmplă? Can you help me ? = Mă puteți ajuta? How can I get to …? = Cum pot săajung la …? Where are you?/Where are we? = Unde ești?/Unde suntem? How old are you? = Câți ani ai? How much costs …? = Cât costă…? What time is it? = Cât e ora? 1, 2, ... 10 = Unu, Doi, Trei, Patru, Cinci, Șase, Șapte, Opt, Nouă, Zece Monday/ Tuesday/ Wednesday/ Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday = Luni/Marți/Miercuri/Joi/Vineri/ Sâmbătă/Duminică
Colocvial ‘Noh’ is an interjection that Romanians use frequently with no particular meaning. It can express surprise, confusion, impatience, joy, sadness and basically any emotion. Other interjections used especially for expressing surprise are: Ioi!/Vai!/Tulai! OMG = Doamne! C’mon! = Hai/ Haide! Super/ Cool/ Awesome/Great etc.= Tare/ Mișto/ Fain/ Fainoșag/ Bine/ Beton etc. Cheers! = Noroc! It’s terrible! = E nașpa/ nasol/ groaznic One beer/Two beers, please! = O bere /Două beri, vă rog!
Dear incoming students, Cluj Exchange team is working really hard to organize you an unforgetable summer! We prepared this Survival Kit in...
Published on Apr 16, 2019
Dear incoming students, Cluj Exchange team is working really hard to organize you an unforgetable summer! We prepared this Survival Kit in...