In a country like Greece where summer lasts so much longer than 3 months, spending your student years on an island seems like a free pass for endless holidays. The islands that combine the beauty of the sea with exceptional academic studies have so much more to offer their visitors and permanent residents, since a university department on an island, automatically upgrades it to an area with liveliness, better means of transportation and many more accommodation and entertainment options. Get to know the Greek islands that are ideal for studies and sail off with cheap ferry tickets with Let’s Ferry. Most ferry companies have student discounts. Usually students of Greek universities and holders of ISIC (International Student Identity Card) benefit from 50% of the discount, by showing their student ID.
Seven departments of the Ionian University are located on the Phaeacians’ island: The departments of History, Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpretation, Music Studies, Informatics, Sound and Visual Arts, Tourism and Archives, Library and Museology.
A historical building in Chora of Corfu
The University is located in the heart of the old Corfu town, next to attractions that you can visit on foot. Among them is the Medieval Old Town that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Old Venetian Fortress and the New Fortress. Meanwhile, the city is packed with cinemas, theaters, as well as various artistic and sports events frequently taking place. The Corfu Philharmonic is one of the most famous in Greece, while DI.PE.THE Corfu (Municipal and Reagional Theater) constantly organizes workshops and performances. The island is a popular destination for European tourists, so in the summer you will find cheap airline tickets to travel to countries such as England and Germany. If you do not want to leave the island, the beaches of Corfu that combine forests and crystal clear waters, like Glyfada and Paleokastritsa, are here to give you unforgettable summers. Feel like partying by the sea? Just head south to Kavos.
Beautiful, historical buildings in Chora of Corfu
Info: You can reach Corfu by boat and plane. KTEL buses have routes to the University. Corfu is connected to Igoumenitsa, Patras and the Diapontian islands of Ereikoussa, Mathraki and Othonoi. The itineraries from/to Corfu provide a 50% discount on the individual student's ticket.
Some students deal with exams stress with tons of coffee, others with a dip in Myrtos, one of the most beautiful, award-winning beaches in Europe. The two major cities of the island host three departments of the Ionian University. In Lixouri you will find the Department of Ethnomusicology and in Argostoli the Department of Digital Media and Communication as well as the Department of Food Science and Technology. In Kefalonia the locals love their way of life because in half an hour they can find themselves in picturesque villages such as Assos.
Picturesque street in Kefalonia island
With cheap ferry tickets through Let’s Ferry you can easily reach Kilini within 2 hours while you will be very close to several neighboring Ionian islands. During the beautiful island winter you can explore the imposing mountain of Ainos by engaging in activities such as hiking, mountain biking and climbing.
Info: You can reach Kefalonia by air and by boat. You can access the university departments by bus or car, while from Argostoli you can cross to Lixouri by ferry. Kefalonia is connected by ferry with Ithaki, Lefkada, Astakos and Kilini. Levante ferries offers 50% to students of Greek universities for Ionian destinations.
The seat of the University of the Aegean is located in Lesvos. There are two schools on the island: First one, the School of Environment with the Department of Environment and the Department of Oceanography and Marine Life Sciences. The second is the School of Social Sciences with the Department of Social Anthropology and History, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication and the Department of Geography.
A small castle near the sea in Lesvos
The city of Lesvos is romantic, with its iconic Castle imposing its architecture over the sea. Many artistic events take place here every the summer.
There are many activities for a student, a resident or a visitor to do in the winter, such as diving, dance classes and sports.
The village Plomari in Lesvos
Info: You can reach Mytilene by air and by boat. You can access the schools by bus, taxi or car. Mytilene is connected by ferry to Piraeus, Ikaria, Chios, Samos, Kavala, Thessaloniki, Limnos, Mykonos, Oinousses, Syros, Fourni and Psara. With the Seasmiles program of Blue Star Ferries, you can benefit from a 40% discount on your car ticket to Mytilene.
This island is probably the most unexpected place for a student to have a good time. But if you have ever been in a conversation with anyone who spent their academic years here, you will discover they have the best memories and they keep come back. The School of Sciences with the departments of Mathematics and Statistics and Actuarial - Financial Mathematics is here, paying tribute to the great Pythagoras. The Polytechnic School holds the Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering.
The village Karlovasi in Samos
All schools are located in Karlovasi, that together with the capital of the island, the city of Samos are highly developed and very lively all year round, while throughout the island there are some very special attractions. The Heraion of Samos is located in Pythagorion, the ancient city of Samos and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Samos is a beautiful destination that has a lot to offer and captures the heart of anyone who visits it. It has gorges and forests for horseback riding; it is famous for its wines, while Kokkari and Pythagorion are among the best beaches for water sports such as windsurfing.
The ancient monument in Samos island
Info: You can reach Samos by air and by boat. You can access the schools by bus, taxi or car. Samos has two ports, Vathi and Karlovasi which are connected by ferry to Piraeus, Ikaria, Chios, Samos, Kavala, Thessaloniki, Lemnos, Mykonos, Oinousses, Syros, Kalymnos, Leros, Kos, Mytilene, Tinos, Patmos, Rhodes, Arki, Fourni and Psara. Discover the best destinations in Cyclades and Dodecanese by booking cheap ferry tickets online with Let’s Ferry. Blue Star gives a 50% discount to students of Greek universities but also to holders of ISIC (International Student Identity Card).
Even if you are not a student though with the Seasmiles program of Blue Star Ferries, you can benefit from a 30% discount on your car ticket to Samos island.
University faculties could not be missing from the big island of Crete. In Rethymno you will find the School of Philosophy with the Departments of Philology, History and Archeology and Philosophical and Social Sciences. The School of Education with the Pedagogical Department of Primary Education and the Pedagogical Department of Preschool Education. Finally, in the School of Social Sciences there are departments of Sociology, Economics, Psychology and Political Science. In Chania is the Technical University of Crete which consists of the schools of Production Engineering and Management, Mineral Resources Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Architectural Engineering.
The port of Chania
In Heraklion there are the following departments of the University of Crete: Medicine, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science and Materials Science and Technology.
At the same time, in various parts of Crete, including Sitia, the Hellenic Mediterranean University holds departments such as Healthcare Studies, Agriculture, Mechanical Engineering, etc. Many students choose to stay here after their studies are completed since the island’s lifestyle is more than rich. It is a crossroads of tradition and modern life, and no matter how many years a student spends there, it is not enough to experience all its beauties. Medieval castles such as Koules in Heraklion, or archeological treasures such as Knossos, upgrade the island to a treasured place. The beaches are countless and with exquisite beauty, such as the popular Preveli and Elafonissi.
Studying in Crete? You can now benefit from numerous offers for your vehicle. Want to travel with friends or family? Check in a cabin with a discounted price for all!
Specifically, ANEK Lines (for students of Greek universities and the holders of ISIC) offers 50% on vehicle tickets for Chania and 20% for Heraklion. Minoan Lines also gives 50% to Greek university students and ISIC holders, as well as 20% to vehicle tickets.
For those who are not students but they want to visit Crete and their favorite students, Minoan Lines offers a family offer 3 + 1 for the routes Piraeus - Crete (Heraklion and Chania), where to book a 4-bed cabin, the 4th member travels for free. It also gives a discount on the return ticket. Also on the routes Piraeus - Chania and Piraeus - Heraklion, ANEK offers reduced price packages for both passengers, cars and cabins. The company provides a discount for passengers and cars on the return ticket from Crete (only on night routes), while also offering the 3 + 1 cabin package, where the 4th passenger travels for free.
With the Seasmiles card, Blue Star gives 20% discount on the line Piraeus - Heraklion Crete in Economy class and Air Seats and 10% discount on Cabins, cars and motorcycles, on each route from / to Piraeus to Heraklion.
The small port of Heraklion
Info: You can reach Crete by air and by boat. You can access the schools by bus, taxi or car. The main ports of Crete are Chania, Rethymnon, Heraklion, Kissamos, Agios Nikolaos and Sitia. They are connected by ferry to Piraeus, Mykonos, Syros, Tinos, Anafi, Ios, Karpathos, Kasos, Paros, Milos, Santorini, Rhodes, etc.
Landmark in Rethymnon
Greek islands have so much more to offer than unforgetable summer holidays! Visit the best destinations where academia goes hand-in-hand with beautiful nature, heritage and the bluest seas, by booking cheap ferry tickets with Let’s Ferry.