Practical Info

Accommodation

Students may apply for accommodation through the Euroculture Programme at the Institute of European Studies. Our office is able to organize accommodation in the Żaczek and Nawojka Student Dormitories located close to the city centre. Price per person amounts to app. 400 PLN monthly. Student dorms offer only shared rooms.
You can specify your need for accommodation arrangement in the Registration Form.

Students interested in renting an apartment should arrange this individually. The Euroculture Staff will gladly provide assistance if needed be. We suggest to search for options before your arrival.  ⇒

FAQs

Who takes care of housing for Euroculture Krakow?
Are there any agencies, websites, other resources?

The person in charge for Euroculture Students housing is Juan M Sarabia Gtz. Students can have direct contact regarding their accommodation and will be assisted in their search for a suitable place to live before they arrive. There are several options such as student residences, but we normally suggest to rent a flat in the city centre (as to better enjoy the experience in Krakow).

Some options:

Laborooms
Euroculture has collaborated with them for quite a while and had very good feedback. Students should contact them directly and Cc us in the correspondence as to monitor their progress and help if needed be.

Erasmus Krakow – Student Flat rent forum
A very useful forum where you can find postings of flats available in the city. You can have direct contact with owners or with other students who have previously lived in them.

Euroculture Facebook
From our first contact with new incoming students we encourage them to use our social networks to get information, news and updates about the programme. This is also a very useful tool to look for accommodation since new students can communicate with current students who might be leaving a flat behind, might be interested in sharing or are looking for one.

Krakow Old City Apartments – Long Term Rentals
A private agency with a very good offer of flats. Some of our students have already recommended it.

Student Hotels & Residences 
The Jagiellonian University has a wide range of options in student residence. There are around 4 different ones and you can find information in their own websites. Our institute has a number of pre-reservations with them and we are able to allocate students in advance into them. The standards are quite different from renting a flat, but the prices are also very affordable. Students can contact me for information on availability and registration.

Is housing guaranteed at your university?
If a student enrols on time and follows the procedure, is it certain that he/she gets a room upon arrival?

If the student follows the normal enrolment procedure and asks to have a place in a residence, YES, we can guarantee accommodation upon arrival. Sometimes students opt for this option for the first few weeks or month while they look for a flat in the city centre.

What’s the average amount students pay for rent in your city?
Student residence: 500 – 950 PLN / month
Flat or shared flat: 950 – 1800 PLN / month

^ ^ ^


Visas & Foreign Affairs

Students enrolled in the Euroculture programme at the Jagiellonian University have to comply with the visa and residence permit requirements for Poland. The Euroculture Staff will provide assistance in this process

General procedure for:

Non-EU Citizens
It is compulsory to have a student visa in order to pursue the programme. Please contact the proper authorities in your home country (Polish Embassy) and apply for a student visa prior to your arrival to Poland. Our institution will provide you with any official requirements for the process (letter of acceptance and confirmation).
It is necessary to apply for a Residence Permit in Poland if you plan to stay for more than 3 months inside its territory, unless you have a valid visa. Students with a valid visa are not required to apply for a residence permit. If you wish to, however, or your visa does not cover the whole length of the stay, the Euroculture Krakow Staff will provide assistance with the application process.
Please download and go through the documentation package (application forms and guides).

You can find all relevant information on visas, Polish residence permits, and other issues concerning foreigners in Poland at the Malopolska Voivoideship Krakow Office webiste (in English).
Application Form for Polish Residence Permit: Direct download (PDF).

EU Citizens:
Students from EU countries should register their residence in Poland if they plan to stay for longer than 3 months. Please download and go through the required documentation.

^ ^ ^


UJ Student Guide

Guide for international students at the Jagiellonian University (Polish, English & Russian).


Living in Krakow

Krakow is a great city. One which is easy to get to but hard to leave. A historical and cultural landmark in Poland it offers so many things such as an active cultural life (museums, festivals, concerts…), a salient coffee culture, a beautiful Main Market Square (Rynek Głowny), as well as interesting districts such as Kazimierz and Podgórze.
We have chosen a few of our favourite guides and websites, as well as partners to acquaint you with the local life. You can find more in the left hand-side bar: Krakow In Your Pocket | City Spy Mapping | Cracow-Life | The Krakow Post

Getting around (Transport):

^ ^ ^


Living Expenses Overview

For all our future students! Maybe you are wondering how to make the best of your time in Krakow while on a shoe-string budget. Truth be told, Krakow is generally quite an “easy on the pocket” city. Here are a few examples of the cost of living in town and how much you can expect to pay (prices are just indicative, but in line with our general experience).

General overview for one month

In zloty

In Euro

Note

Housing

1150 zł

275 €

Between  800 – 1500 zł (190 -360 €)
Food

500 zł

119 €

Public transport/ month

50 zł

12 €

43 EUR for 5 months
Cultural activities

80 zł

19 €

Let say you go to one local concert and one film every two weeks.
Spending money and books

650 zł

155 €

Let figure this out:

  • 1 cappuccino /everyday
  • going out (6 apple juices or 6 beers)/week
  • 2 small lunches/week
  • 1 good evening diner/month
  • unplanned practical purchases / month
  • 1 book at Massolit/ month
TOTAL

2430zl

580 euro

 How much does it cost?

What

In zloty

In Euro

Note

Bottle of water (1 lt)

3,00 zł

0,72 €

A cappuccino

6,00 zł

1,44 €

A draft local beer

6,50 zł

1,55 €

Sandwich from the bakery to eat on the run

5,50 zł

1,31 €

A full meal at a “milk bar”*

15,00 zł

3,60 €

You may wonder what milk bars are. Well, NO, despite the name, this is not where you can buy ice-cream, but a respectful institution for working class heroes and students. Check it out!
Tram ticket 20 minutes

2.80 zł

0,67 €

1.40 zł for student
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff – weekdays)

2,30 zl

0,55 €

From the airport to the city center plan 50 zł (19 euro), but you can take the train for 16 zł (Less than 4 euro
Bus ticket to the mountains

20,00 zł

4,77 €

One month pass / fitness center

130 zł

31 €

Local band concert

20 zł

4,70 €

International band concert

80 zł

19 €

Ticket at cinema

20,00 zł

4,77 €

10 Bed Mixed Dorm hostel with Shared Bathroom in High season

55,00 zł

13,15 €

Single room 3-star hotel

Less than 200,00 zł

48,00 €

One fantastic weekend in the Mountains to recharge your batteries (Friday – Sunday)

200 zł

48,00 €

One room (two nights) + Bus ticket (go + back) + meals + visits + activities
Bicycle (a good second-hand one)

250 zł

60 €

Arrival

About 180 € in cash will cover regular expenses, including the accommodation (Indalo or Przegorzały hotel) during the first few days after arrival. Students who arrive at Balice Airport in Krakow can take a train from there to the city centre every half hour. It takes about 28 minutes to get to Krakow main station. A one-way ticket costs about 4 €.

^ ^ ^