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 Accommodation

 

If you are not from Warsaw and you would like to fully appreciate what student life means then you may want to get a place in a dormitory. On average, a bed in a dormitory in Warsaw costs 400-600 PLN (100-150 EUR).

Alternatively, you may rent a room in a private flat (starting at 600 PLN/150 EUR per month) or even an entire flat (a single-room flat process start at 900 PLN/ 225 EUR per month). Remember that location of a flat may heavily influence the rent.

 

 FOOD

 

​The cost of alimentation in Warsaw, similar to other cities, largely depends on your eating habits, so to speak. If you cook your own meals then the cost should range between 360-500 PLN (85-125 EUR). However, if you prefer to eat out, you will spend at least 750 PLN (185 EUR) on food alone.

A meal in fast-food restaurants or cheap cafeterias (called bar mleczny in Poland) costs between 8-20 PLN (2-5 EUR).  If you choose something more fancy, you may need to pay at least 60 PLN (15 EUR) per person. Obviously, the better standard is, the higher are the prices.

 

 TRANSPORTATION ON A STUDENT’S BUDGET

 

Your own feet excluded, the cheapest mode of moving around is municipal transportation, i.e. buses, trams, local-range trains and metro. If you are planning on using it only from time to time, then single-fare or short-term tickets are an optimal solution for you. If you use public transportation on regular basis then the best solution is to buy a long-term ticket (the longer the term, the lower the per-day cost). Remember that once you have your student ID card, you will be entitled to a reduced fare (50% of the standard fare). More information on public transportation and current ticket prices are available on the website of the Warsaw Public Transport Authority.

If you are looking for an alternative to public transport, you may want to check out various bike-sharing systems accessible in Warsaw (though they are typically unavailable in the winter season) or even car or motor-scooter sharing services. You can access them using your own smartphone.