Study Costs

Study costs in Poland vary with the location and institution chosen. All prices in this article are in Euros. If you intend to be in Poland for more than 90 days you can apply for a residence permit, and study for free. Without a residence permit, study costs will be around €2000 to €3000 per year.

Living costs vary from €350 to €550 per month, which makes living in Poland cheaper than most other European cities. Scholarships can help with the cost of study and living, check with your university to find out what financial help could be available.

Accommodation Costs

Student houses and dormitories are the cheapest accommodation option for students in Poland. They cost between €60 to €80 per month for a shared room, and €100 to €150 for a private room.

Sharing a private rental property is also an option for students in Poland at a cost of €150 to €200 per month. Private rental accommodation for one person costs about €300 per month.

Health Insurance

International students from European Union countries with current health care in their home country will be able to use Poland’s health care system without purchasing Polish health insurance. Other international students can pay €15 per month to access health care through the National Health Fund.

Work and Study

International students with a residency permit can work in Poland while they study. Up to 20 hours per week work is allowed during the semester, and up to full time hours allowed during the holidays. Most students will find part time work at their university or close by.

Continuing to work in Poland after completing your studies requires a work permit.

Living Costs

The minimum wage in Poland is €435.5 per month.

Living costs vary from €350 to €550 per month in Poland, which includes accommodation, food, public transport, phone and internet, textbooks, and entertainment.  

International students working in Poland are required to submit a tax return.


Having a Polish bank account is a must when studying in Poland. It will give you fast and convenient access to your money, as well as help you avoid international transfer fees on transactions.

The official currency of Poland is the Polish Zloty, though the Euro is widely accepted.

Major banks in Poland include:


Poland has a variety of public transport options including buses, trains, trams, and trolley buses. Purchasing a long term ticket can save you money. Bike hire is available in major cities. Using your student ID card will save you 50% on the cost of public transport.

Foreign driver licences can be used in Poland for 6 months. After 6 months you’ll need to obtain a Polish driver licence. Depending on your home country, you may need to complete a theory exam and provide a certified translation of your original licence.

Health and Safety

Life expectancy in Poland is 77 years, lower than the average of all countries, 80 years.

Poland’s homicide rate is only 1.0, which is significantly lower than the average rate of 4.1. This means that Poland is a relatively safe place to study and work.

Phone and Internet

Prepaid SIM cards are recommended for mobile phones. Landline phones will be needed for internet connections, and plans are available for both these and internet connection.

To make international calls from Poland you’ll need to dial the exit code 00. Then add the code for the country you want to call, local area codes, and finally, the phone number itself.

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