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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 month
  • 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 below:

  • 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.

    Other expenses:

  • Cinema 14-22 PLN / show
  • Cigarettes 3 - 8 PLN/ packet (20 cig.)
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