Life in Warsaw

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.

Alternatively, you may rent a room in a private flat (starting at 900 PLN per month) or even an entire flat (a single-room flat starting at 1500 PLN per month). Remember that location of a flat may heavily influence the rent.


​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 500-700 PLN. However, if you prefer to eat out, you will spend at least 1100 PLN on food alone.

A meal in fast-food restaurants or cheap cafeterias (called bar mleczny in Poland) costs between 15-30 PLN.  If you choose something more fancy, you may need to pay at least 80 PLN 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: 30-day ticket - starting at 55 PLN, 90-day starting at 140 PLN). 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.

Opening a bank account

​The easiest way to open a bank account is to do it in person – you may visit a local branch of one of our business Partners. Except your ID document (passport or ID card issued in the EU), the bank may also require some additional documents.