Entering Poland and legalisation of your stay
Studying abroad is an exciting and life-changing experience. However, there are several practical steps you still need to complete before your trip so that you are well-prepared and ready to begin your adventure in Poland. Please carefully check the regulations regarding to entering Poland from your country and legalisation of your stay. For all questions and visa letters please contact email@example.com
Halls of Residence
The dorms that are usually available for our students are the following:
Nawojka: ul. Reymonta 11, phone/fax +48 (12) 37-81-100 (12) 37-81-300
Żaczek: Al. 3 Maja 5, tel. +48(12) 62-21-100, fax +48 (12) 62-21-300,
Piast: ul. Piastowska 4, tel. +48 (12) 62-23-100, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bydgoska: ul. Bydgoska 19, Tel. +48 (12) 638-77-89, email@example.com
Dormitories are offering only double rooms.
Take a look at our Housing Photo Gallery.
Location and transport
Żaczek is situated about 10 minutes walking distance from Old Town. It would be practically pointless to take a tram to the centre of Old Town from Żaczek. However, there are few tram and bus lines nearby.
Dormitory is a great location for those who prefer to walk rather than take public transportation. There are three popular student clubs in the building, however, they sometimes ‘shake the building’. It is next to the main branch of the Polish National Museum, the main Jagiellonian University Library, the huge park of the Błonia (meadows) and the Jordan recreational park. The classrooms are located just a few minutes walk from Żaczek. Next to the dorm there is a public transportation hub connecting the Old City, Main Train/Bus Station and the Airport [line 252].
Recreation & Sports
Żaczek houses Klub Żaczek ( http://klubzaczek.pl/ ), a pub that has occasional concerts, dancing classes and discos. It is one of the most popular student clubs. Kijów Cinema (Al.Krasińskiego 34) is close to Żaczek. Błonia field and Park Jordana, both next to Żaczek, are excellent for picnics, jogging and a stroll up to Kościuszko Mound. Next to the building there is a swimming pool and fitness club of Pedagogical University.
Meals are not included in the rent. Żaczek has a canteen open for all the week ( https://stolowkazaczek.eatbu.com/ ). You can get these meals at special student prices, usually around 12 zł (3 €). Lunches includes soup, a main course (meat or fish with potatoes/rice and salads/vegetables), desert, and something to drink. It is possible to get a vegetarian dish. There is also a canteen in Jagiellonian Library offering lunches Monday-Saturday in price usually around 20zł with the vegan and vegetarian option available ( https://kwant-bistro-jagielonka.business.site/ ). Additionally there is plenty of restaurants and canteens in the direction to the Old City.
Paying the Rent
Paying the Rent Rent (currently 400zł) is expected of each student by the 10th of every month. Cash is the only form of acceptable first payment. Payment must be made in person at the administrative office of the residence (on the main floor). Students may also register with the residence administration office to make monthly bank transfers (which is easy and cheap from a Polish bank account). None of the halls of residence will accept payment by credit card or cheque. Deposit is required in the amount of monthly fee (400 zł) reimbursed when checking out if everything is fine.
Location and transport
Location and transport Nawojka is situated about 15-20 minutes walking distance from the centre of the Old Town and the offices and classrooms. It is a great location for those who prefer to walk rather than take public transportation.
The main Jagiellonian University Library is only a few away and the Jordan recreational park starts right at Nawojka’s doorstep. Behind the Jordan park there are huge meadows called Błonia.
300m on foot from the dormitory there is a bus stop with bus lines to almost all parts of the city.
In the dormitory you can find a lectorium a room dedicated for studying in quiet.
Recreation & Sports
Nawojka is located close to the student city which host plenty of sport and recreation facilities. There is a Jordan Park with the sport fields just next door from the dormitory. In the dormitory there is a student club where students can spend time during the evenings ( www.facebook.com/KlubNawojka/ ).
Meals are not included in the rent. Nawojka ( http://stolowkakrakow.pl/ ) has a canteen open for all the week. You can get meals at special student prices, usually around 12 zł (3 €). Lunches includes soup, a main course (Polish cuisine), and something to drink. It is possible to get a vegetarian dish. There is also a reastaurant in a close distance to the dormitory ( http://www.hotelpolonez.pl/en/restaurant/ )
Paying the Rent
Paying the Rent Rent (currently 400 zł) is expected of each student by the 10th of every month. Cash is the only form of acceptable first payment. Payment must be made in person at the administrative office of the residence (on the main floor). Students may also register with the residence administration office to make monthly bank transfers (which is easy and cheap from a Polish bank account). None of the halls of residence will accept payment by credit card or cheque. Deposit is required in the amount of monthly fee (400 zł) reimbursed when checking out if everything is fine.
Location and transport
Bydgoska is situated in approximately 25 minutes walking distance from the centre of Old Town. Bus stops are located in close proximity to Bydgoska, about 5 minutes walking distance, and the bus will take you in 5 minutes to the Auditorium Maximum, where most of the MA classes are taking place.
However Bydgoska dorm is located a little bit further from the city centre than the previous two dorms it is freshly renovated and has only double rooms with the bathrooms available.
Recreation / Sports
Bydgoska dormitory is situated next to the St. Wincent a`Paulo Park and the football pitch.
Meals are not included in the rent. There is a restaurant located in Bydgoska. There are a few student canteens nearby.
A special room for studying, called the LECTORIUM, is provided for students at Bydgoska as well as the computer lab. There’s also a small photocopy shop, bike storage room, hair dresser and a small shop.
Paying the Rent
Rent (400 PLN) is expected of each student by the 10th of every month. For students who are paying their own housing fees, cash (in person at the administration office) is the simplest form of payment. Students may also register with the residence administration office to make monthly bank transfers (which is easy and cheap from a Polish bank account). None of the halls of residence will accept payment by credit card or cheque.
Private Off-Campus Housing
Although the Jagiellonian University is able to offer all international students places in the halls of residence, many of our postgraduate students choose to rent private flats while studying in Krakow. It is very easy to find flats in every size, in every area of Krakow and at a broad range of prices.
Pluses and Minuses of Private Flats
On the one hand, living in a private flat allows students to control their environment to a greater extent than they could in the halls of residence – do their laundry whenever they can, cook meals in a well-equipped kitchen or invite guests over.
On the other hand, obtaining a residency permit may be slightly more difficult when living in a private flat. Private flats are much more expensive than the halls of residence. If there is a dispute about payment, damage or noise levels in a private flat, the tenant will be personally responsible for resolving it.
How to Look for a Flat?
Online ads: the most popular website for flat searching is Gumtree https://www.gumtree.pl/s-mieszkania-i-domy-do-wynajecia/krakow/v1c9008l3200208p1, where there are numerous offers of rooms to rent in shared apartments, people looking for roommates, flat owners looking for tenants without having to pay the real estate agencies etc. Other websites are:
Many of the ads are posted by private individuals, but real estate agencies also use this means to attract more clients.
4. Other current students or alumni: Some of the students from previous years have remained in Krakow and are happy to invite new students to split the cost of a flat with them. Some of the newly arrived students may already have a flat but will need a roommate. We will be happy to get the students in touch with each other about the flats – their requests can be posted on the bulletin board at Garbarska or forwarded to other interested students.
5. Facebook groups, Erasmus Facebook groups:
6. Real Estate Agencies: There are numerous real estate agencies in Krakow that will help foreigners that are searching for a private flat. It is the agency’s duty to provide information on available flats for rent/lease, to set up appointments and to assist in negotiations with the owner of the property. Going through a real estate agency means that both the landlord and the tenant will have to pay up to one month’s rent in commission to the agency.
Krakow is one of the most exciting and fun cities in Europe. It is a great city for young people, who may enjoy its charming cafes, unique movie theaters, intriguing museums, and lively nightlife. Student life revolves around the Rynek, the main square in the centre of the city, and Kazimierz, the old Jewish district. We highly encourage CES students to take advantage of all that there is to discover.
Here is a selection of websites that can introduce you to the wide range of activities and events Krakow has to offer:
Official city website
Reliable guide to museums, galleries, concerts, and other cultural events
City guide and listings
Local English-language newspaper
A useful guide on Poland and Krakow
A very useful website for navigating the public transportation in Krakow
Local public transport
National Train Service
Krakow's International Airport
Health and Safety
There is nothing more important than your safety and well-being while abroad. That's why we've compiled these lists of requirements, recommendations and tips that can help you stay your most healthy and safe. While an issue is unlikely to arise, should an unpleasant situation surface, the CES staff is available and able to be reached by phone 24 hours a day.
Students are required to have health and accident coverage for the whole of their stay. When applying for a student visa, students are expected to have health insurance from their home country. Medical, accident and life insurance are the responsibility of the student at the Jagiellonian University. The staff at the Centre for European Studies will be happy to advise and assist our students with any aspect of medical care, but responsibility for registering for, purchasing and maintaining appropriate insurance remains with the student. The Jagiellonian University cannot assume responsibility or liability for any medical needs not covered by the student's existing coverage.
It is also possible, although not as likely to be necessary, to purchase a wide variety of additional insurance plans from private companies in Poland.
HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
If you get sick while in Krakow, there are plenty of English-speaking doctors and clinics around town. The CES staff is also available to make appointments and accompany students to their visit, in case of any linguistic concerns or just for support.
Poland is a 16th safetest country in the world accourding to the (LINK - Safety Around Index), although the Centre for European Studies recommends the following safety precautions when travelling in a new and foreign country:
- Use common sense
- Make photocopies of your credit and debit cards as well as your passport and ids
- Watch your pocketbooks and backpacks. Do no leave any belongings unattended
- Close the doors to your dorm rooms and apartments
It is necessary to highlight the student conduct code at the Centre for European Studies, which is sternly upheld. None of the below mentioned examples of misconduct will be tolerated and may result in disciplinary action:
- Violation of law
- Abuse of alcohol, and use or abuse of illegal drugs
- Academic misconduct, including plagiarism and cheating
- Assault or Sexual Assault
- Vandalism of public property or disruption of peace in the community
BE PREPARED IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
In case of emergency, our dedicated staff is available by phone 24/7. The following is a list of important phone numbers that you should have saved in your cellphone for the duration your stay:
CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES (Administration Office)
Ul. Garbarska 7A, 31-131 Krakow
Emergency Number(s): (+48) 507-006-572, (+48) 506-006-661
EUROPEAN EMERGENCY NUMBER
Many callers use 999 (officially for medical emergencies) as a general number for all types of emergencies. 998 will reach the Fire Brigade and 997 reaches the national Police.
Municipal Police of Krakow, 986, is a separate institution working alongside the national Police.
Another useful number is 992 for emergencies related to gas pipes and installations.
The Jagiellonian University does not have a closely-integrated campus. Therefore, although there are security staff in the main administrative buildings, they would not normally be called to respond to security situations outside of their posted buildings. There is also a crisis response team (for natural disasters, acts of terrorism, etc) but they usually work via building administrators. The national Police and the Municipal Police play the role that 'campus police' would play on some university campuses, so students are encouraged to use the 997 number above for police emergencies.
The main number for the Jagiellonian University is +48 12 422 1033.