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Practical Information

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 ces.studentservices@uj.edu.pl

Housing

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

http://www.hotelestudenckie.pl/index.php?nawojka-hotel , nawojka@hotele.studenckie.pl

Żaczek: Al. 3 Maja 5, tel. +48(12) 62-21-100, fax +48 (12) 62-21-300,

http://www.hotelestudenckie.pl/index.php?zaczek-hotel, zaczek@hotele.studenckie.pl  

Piast: ul. Piastowska 4, tel. +48 (12) 62-23-100, piast@hotele.studenckie.pl 

http://www.hotelestudenckie.pl/index.php?piast-hotel

Bydgoska: ul. Bydgoska 19, Tel. +48 (12) 638-77-89, bydgoska@bratniak.krakow.pl

http://www.hotelestudenckie.pl/index.php?hotel-bydgoska

 Dormitories are offering only double rooms.

Take a look at our Housing Photo Gallery.

 Żaczek

 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.

 Dining

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.

 Nawojka

 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.

Lectorium

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/ ).

 Dining

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.

 Bydgoska

 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.

 Dining

Meals are not included in the rent. There is a restaurant located in Bydgoska. There are a few student canteens nearby.

Other Facilities

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:

http://dom.gratka.pl/mieszkania-do-wynajecia/lista/malopolskie,krakow.html

https://ofertymieszkan.pl/szukaj/11329456

https://www.olx.pl/nieruchomosci/mieszkania/krakow/

http://laborooms.com/

 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:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/527336080659504/?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/groups/krakowrooms/?ref=br_rs

https://www.facebook.com/groups/FINDYOURFLATINKRAKOW/?ref=br_rs

https://www.facebook.com/groups/44212006407/?ref=br_rs

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1456493581096205/?ref=br_rs

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1723180554581951/?ref=br_rs
https://www.facebook.com/groups/142442509694891/?ref=br_rs

 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.

 

 

 

 

Student Life

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:

Magiczny Kraków
Official city website

Karnet
Reliable guide to museums, galleries, concerts, and other cultural events

Cracow Life
City guide and listings

Krakow Post
Local English-language newspaper

RoughGuides.com 
A useful guide on Poland and Krakow

Lonely Planet Guide to Krakow

Jak Dojade
A very useful website for navigating the public transportation in Krakow

GETTING AROUND

MPK
Local public transport

PKP
National Train Service

Balice Airport
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.

HEALTH INSURANCE

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.

SAFETY TIPS

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

STUDENT CONDUCT

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
Telephone:(+48)(12)429-6207
Emergency Number(s): (+48) 507-006-572, (+48) 506-006-661

MEDICAL EMERGENCY
999

FIRE BRIGADE
998

POLICE
997

EUROPEAN EMERGENCY NUMBER
112

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.