Poland is an affordable European country with a pretty stable economy. Living costs for international students vary between 350 – 550 EUR/month. You can adjust your budget depending on the city or area you wish to study in. Larger cities such as Krakow or Warsaw require between 500 – 850 EUR/month.
Accommodation costs in Poland
Housing is important because it represents around 35% of your total monthly costs of living. International students can find accommodation in university residence halls or private rental apartments, which can also be shared.
- Student residence halls: 60 – 150 EUR/month. Great for networking with other students, but the conditions can vary from one residence hall to another.
- Rent in a shared flat: 80 – 150 EUR/month. Most popular option among Polish students.
Prices are higher if you want to rent an apartment by yourself, especially in a big city. A one-bedroom apartment in Krakow costs around 300 – 465 EUR/month, while Warsaw has prices of 350 – 650 EUR/month.
Other Costs Associated with Accommodation
When you live in Poland, besides rent you will also have some additional expenses which come from the utilities. The basic ones are electricity, heating, water, and garbage and they have total prices of around 155 EUR/month for an 85 square meters apartment.
An additional expense could also be considered the two months deposit that many of the landlords ask when you move into your rental apartment.
Food for an international student usually costs 100 – 150 EUR/month. You can save some money if you choose to buy groceries and shop from cheaper supermarkets. Some of the most common ones are Tesco, Auchan, Carrefour, Leclerc, and Lidl.
You can enjoy dinner in an affordable restaurant for only 5 EUR or pay 23 EUR for a three-course meal in an average restaurant for two. A light drink will cost you only 2 EUR.
Public transport is the main option for students, who pay 50 EUR for a semester pass, which is available for 6 months. Many Polish cities have nice panoramic views and routes, so you can also walk by foot.
If you enjoy transportation by car, like 18% of the students in Poland, you will pay around 1 EUR/litre of gasoline.
Extra study materials
During your study programme, you will need to purchase books, research magazines, and other study materials. These are, in most cases, necessary and they can be purchased even from some universities. However, you are advised to buy them from book stores with old or used products, in order to save some money.