Living Cost for International Students in Poland
Before going on to living cost for
students in Poland, lets have some introduction to
Polish Currency. Polish money (PLN) is counted in
złoty (zł) and grosz (gr) 100 groszy = 1 złoty.
The coins are issued in 1gr, 2gr, 5gr, 10gr, 20gr,
50gr, 1zł, 2zł and 5zł. The bank notes are issued in
10zł, 20zł, 50zł, 100zł, and 200 zł.
For international students - Daily necessities like
food and clothing are still relatively inexpensive by
western standards, however prices depend on the
country of origin of the goods. Generally products
made in Poland are less expensive than goods imported
from the West. Foreign students should remember that
if they want to travel, buy fresh fruit and vegetables
in the winter, make phone calls abroad and lead an
active social life they will spend a few hundred PLN
per month (excluding cost of accommodation).
To give you an idea of the cost of living in
Poland, here is an example:
- Accommodation in a Student House 485 PLN per
- Private accommodation (living with Polish
family) 200-500 PLN per month
- Dinner in a student refectory 5-10 PLN
- Dinner outside Campus 10-20 PLN
- Breakfast and supper (if self-catering) 5-10 PLN
It is rather expensive to have dinner a la carte at
a restaurant. Meals at small bars or "fast food" bar
are less expensive.
The approximate prices of some items are listed
milk 1.80 PLN/liter
chicken 8-10 PLN/kg
bread 2 PLN/kg
eggs 0.3 - 0.4 PLN/each
butter 2 - 3 PLN/200g
rice 3-4 PLN / 0.5 kg
cheese 11 - 20 PLN/kg
potato 1 PLN /kg
meat 8 - 20 PLN/kg
fruits 3 - 15 PLN /kg
Food prices may differ
from one store to another as well as from the season.
Fruit and vegetables are cheaper in the summer than in
the winter. We suggest that you check which store in
your area offers the most reasonable prices.
Most grocery stores are open 8.00 am- 6.00 p.m.
Monday to Friday. On Saturday they close early
afternoon. Some stores are open on Sundays.
Cinema 14-22 PLN / show
Cigarettes 3 - 8 PLN/ packet (20 cig.)
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