Cost of living in Poland for students

17.01.2019

We understand how important it is to understand the cost of living while studying. Therefore, in this article, we tried to describe the main costs associated with the student’s residence in Poland, which should be addressed.

1. RENTAL OF HOUSING


One of the most important issues to be addressed with the attention of the person. Because the cost of living is influenced by many factors:

STUDENT HOUSE (AKADEMIK)

In our opinion, it is the best option for students, especially for those who have just completed their studies. The rooms in the hostels have different standards and are designed for 2-3 students and are equipped with fridges, beds, writing desks, cabinets for things, unlimited internet access. The hostel itself is divided into: block (WS for 2 rooms, one kitchen for the corridor), corridor (WS and kitchen for corridor), and apartment type (WS and kitchen for 2-3 rooms).

The cost of living in hostels depends on:

  • Standard room (2 bed room – from 400 PLN (97 €) to 600 PLN (146 €); 3 bed room – from 340 PLN (83 €) to 450 PLN (109 €)
  • The cities of studying (Lublin from 83 €; Rzeszow from 85 €; Krakow from 95 €; Wroclaw from 95 €; Warsaw from 110 €). That is, the larger the city, the higher the cost of rent.

But please, pay your attention to the fact that:

  • Not every university has its own hostel, or housing stock;
  • the number of places in the hostel is limited, so it is advisable to reserve a place of residence.

PRIVATE STUDENT HOUSES

It is the best option for students enrolled in an institution that does not have its own dormitories (or places already exhausted).

The cost of living depends on:

  • City of studying (The larger the city the more expensive the rental cost)
  • Room standard (4 bed rooms – from 400 PLN (97 €) to 600 PLN (146 €); 2 bed rooms – from 500 PLN (121 €) to 900 PLN (220 €); 1 room room – from 700 PLN (170 €) to 1100 PLN (268 €).
  • Reservation deadline (It is advisable to book a seat in the hostel in advance, because the closer to the beginning of the training, the fewer options and the more expensive price).

ROOM RENTAL IN APPARTMENT

When looking for a room, you need to consider the following factors:

  • City of studying;
  • Placement of apartments relative to the city center and the university;
  • Accommodation;
  • Number of people in the room;

The minimum rental price in Poland is from PLN 500 (€ 121) for smaller cities (Lublin, Rzeszow, Radom) and from PLN 700 (€ 170) for Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw, Poznan.

 


APARTMENT RENT

The cost of renting an apartment depends primarily on:

  • Cities of studying;
  • Placement of apartments relative to the city center and the university;
  • Living conditions;
  • Number of connoisseurs;
  • Cost of utilities;
    Today, the cost of renting a one-room apartment begins:
  • Lodz, Lublin, Rzeszow, Opole from 1000 PLN;
  • Krakow, Wroclaw, Poznan from 1400 PLN;
  • Warsaw from 1600 PLN;

2.THE COST OF FEEDING IN POLAND FOR THE STUDENT


Student spending for meals in Poland depends on whether he will prepare himself or plans to attend student dining, catering, and cafes. In the first case, buying products in supermarkets can really be spent from 280 PLN / month. (70 EUR / month).

Approximate food prices in supermarkets in Poland:

  • Bread – from 3 PLN (0.73 €);
  • Oil (250 g.) – from 5 PLN (1.21 €);
  • Mayonnaise (400 g.) – from 4 PLN (0,97 €);
  • Ketchup (400 g.) – from 3 PLN (0.73 €);
  • Oil (0.5 l.) – from 4 PLN (0,97 €)
  • Tomatoes (1 kg) – from 4 PLN (0,97 €);
  • Cucumbers (1 kg) – from 4 PLN (0,97 €);
  • Potatoes (1 kg) – from 1 PLN (0,24 €);
  • Macarons(1 kg) – from 2.5 PLN (0.6 €);
  • Rice (1 kg) – from 2.5 PLN (0.6 €);
  • Eggs (10 pcs.) – from 3.5 PLN (0.85 €);
  • Chicken fillet (1 kg) – from 12 PLN (2.95 €);
  • Chicken legs (1 kg) – from 4 PLN (0,97 €);
  • Sausage (1 kg) – from 15 PLN (3.65 €);
  • Ham (1 kg) – from 20 PLN (4.87 €);
  • Beef minced meat (1 kg) – from 10 PLN (2,43 €);
  • Meat of pork (1 kg) – from 10 PLN (2,43 €);
  • Beef meat (1 kg) – from 16 PLN (3.9 €);
  • Salt (1 kg) – from 2 PLN (0.46 €);
  • Sugar (1 kg) – from 2 PLN (0.46 €);

Cost of lunch:

  • in student dining – from 8 PLN (1.95 €);
  • catering establishments, cafes – from 12 PLN (2.92 €);

3. TRANSPORTATION PRICES FOR STUDENTS


Travel costs are almost the same for all cities in Poland. Students who have a student ticket can rely on a 50% discount on public transport tickets. The most optimal way for a student is to use fare tickets:

  • Monthly travel – 50 PLN (12,20 €);
  • Travel for 5 months – 180 PLN (43.9 €).

A travel ticket gives you the right to use any public transport, regardless of time.

The cost of tickets for public transport without a fare ticket:

  • Ticket for 20-30 minutes – PLN 1,5 (0,36 €);
  • Hourly ticket – 1.8 – 2 PLN (0.43 – 0.46 €);
  • Ticket for 24 hours – PLN 7,5 (€ 1,82).

4. MOBILE COMMUNICATION IN POLAND

The cost of mobile communication depends on the student (more conversations or the Internet). Here are examples of the two best-priced tariff plans:

  • The cost of the tariff plan includes: free calls to all Polish operators and 20 gigabytes of internet is PLN 25 per month. (6.1 € / month). Lycamobile operator.
  • cost of a tariff plan that includes unlimited internet is PLN 50 per month. (12,20 € / month). Play operator.

But to save you can take advantage of the free wifi access in public places (in squares, parks and cafes), hostels and universities using messengers.

5. MEDICAL INSURANCE IN POLAND


Treatment in Poland is really expensive, so we recommend that students (adults) come to an agreement with the NFZ (People’s Health Foundation) in order to be able to continue to visit a doctor free of charge, to take tests, and so on.

  • The cost of the insurance is approximately 50 PLN (12,20 €);

6. MEANS OF HYGIENE


The standard budget set – soap, toothpaste, antiperspirant, shaving means – plus 25 PLN / month. (6.1 € / month).

IN ADDITION


The cost of living in Poland for a student, at a minimal cost, will be – from 405 PLN / month. (98 € / month) + rental cost of housing. We did not take into account the cost of clothes and the cost of spending free time for these expenses.