Information for mobile students
Krakow is a second largest city in Poland with 759 800 inhabitants and with a unique atmosphere and spectacular monuments. The city is situated in southern Poland on the Vistula river. Kraków was the capital of Poland and the residence of Polish monarchs for 573 years. Kraków is one of the most important cultural and tourist centres in Poland. The city is popular for its unique monuments and renaissance architecture. You can find here many cultural institutions, theatres, cinemas, museums and philharmonic. It is also the biggest academic centre of Poland. Thanks to 10 public universities and 13 non-public universities of higher education, Kraków is the heart of Polish science.
When coming to study at the Jagiellonian University, you may apply for a place in a student dormitory. There are six dormitories at the JU, and although prices vary, they do not exceed 400 PLN per month.
You should apply for a place once you are admitted. For more information about procedures of application and accommodation availability, please contact student office for your programme or International Students Office.
Further reading: www.dmws.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/zakwaterowanie
If you prefer to rent a room or an apartment rather than book a place in a dormitory, you will quickly see that the housing market in Kraków is very lively and offers a variety of living options. If you are willing to share a room, prices may be as low as 500 PLN per month, but depending on the location and the apartment standard, they may also be much higher. There are many websites—Facebook groups, student forums—where you can find dozens of offers published by other students looking for roommates.
Cost of living
The costs of living in Kraków differ depending on the preferred standard and lifestyle, and begins at 1300 PLN per month (300 USD). The table below includes basic costs of renting a flat, travel and food expenses.
Health care in Poland
If you are a EU / EFTA citizen, and you have the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), you are entitled to receive free health care services. Please be sure to show your card upon your visit at the doctor’s office.
If you don’t have the EHIC, or are from outside of EU / EFTA, you should either purchase health insurance before arrival, or enrol in the Polish National Health Fund (Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia). When you purchase the NFZ insurance, you become eligible for health care services in Poland.
Holders of Polish Charter can be insured free of charge in the NFZ by the University.
For advice about health care during your studies, please contact International Students Office.