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The Student Support and Service Center (formerly: Student Welfare Office) aims to help foreign students to adapt to the University and Polish culture in a fast and simple way. Here every foreign student can tell us about his/her problem and receive support and guidance on a wide range of academic and personal issues. Listed below is some essential information regarding the legalization of stay, accommodation, insurance, transportation, culture etc. that will help you to plan your stay in Warsaw and manage your day-to-day challenges.
We also encourage you to contact the Kozminski International Business School staff (organizational/academic issues). We are always ready to assist you and answer all your queries.
For additional information regarding application process and student’s welfare please contact the Student Support and Service Center: email@example.com
If you are already a student at Kozminski University and have questions regarding your English track studies contact the KIBS (Kozminski International Business School) Programs Office (room D-33):
To receive news from Kozminski University regarding student life and events you may get in touch with the Student Council or the Erasmus Student Network via Facebook:
You may also find some useful information on different subjects regarding your stay in Poland here:
We recommend that you prepare for your departure carefully and as early as possible since it is often difficult and time-consuming to complete all formalities and prepare the necessary papers.
Before you leave:
Poland has a moderate climate with both maritime and continental elements, which cause frequent variability in weather patterns. The weather tends to be fitful and the seasons may look quite different. Thus, the best advice we can give you is to be prepared for anything. In general, summers are warm (often hot) and winters are cold. Rain wear is advisable throughout the whole year. To get more information about climate in Poland and Warsaw in particular click here.
Poland's official currency is zloty (code: PLN; sign: zł;). 1 zloty = 100 groshy (polish: groszy). The currency comes in coins (from 1 grosz to 5 zlotys) and bills (from 10 to 200 zlotys). The Polish zloty is fully convertible and available at numerous exchange points and banks throughout Warsaw and all other Polish cities. Banks in your country might not have zloty immediately available but it is usually possible to order them in a currency exchange. The exchange rates are relatively stable but there are some slight fluctuations (approx. 1 USD = 4.20 PLN and 1 EUR = 4.40 PLN). In order to check the current exchange rate please visit the website of the National Bank of Poland here (rates are available here)
The safest places to exchange currencies are banks. They may, however, offer lower exchange rates than other places. Some of them collect service fees (about 2-3% per transaction). Banks are usually open from Monday to Friday (on average from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.) and some of them on Saturdays (on average till 1.00 p.m.). Better exchange rates are offered by specialized currency exchange points. However, those in airports usually offer unfavorable exchange rates (even worse than in banks).
You can also withdraw money from your own bank or credit account using ATMs that are widely available all over the city. Look for a "Bankomat" sign.
Here are few major banks offering their services in Poland:
A complete list of all banks in Poland can be found at the National Bank of Poland website.
Getting to Warsaw
If you come to Poland by air, we strongly recommend you a direct flight to Warsaw (Frederic Chopin International Airport - Okęcie). Direct flight from many European cities, as well as from New York, Chicago, Toronto, Tel Aviv, etc. are available. The Okęcie airport is situated 10 km from the city centre. In order to get to the city you may take a taxi, a shuttle bus or use the local transport (ZTM) bus.
Airlines that fly to Warsaw Airport
Air Baltic, Air Berlin, Air France, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Belavia Belorusian Airlines, British Airways, Lot Polish Airlines, Germanwings, Brussels Airlines, Czech Airlines, El Al Israel Airlines, Finnair, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS, Turkish Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, Wizzair, etc.
Poland has a good network of rail lines. The fastest and most expensive are 'express trains' (Eurocity, Intercity), connecting Poland directly with major European capitals (Berlin, Brussels, Vilnius, Kiev, Vienna, Prague, Moscow, Budapest). Slightly slower are 'fast trains', on which no seat reservations are needed. Even slowerl 'passenger trains' reach almost every town around the country.
An Intercity ticket from Cracow to Warsaw costs about 20 Euro; for a fast train you'll pay about 12 Euro. Brussels can be reached by train from Warsaw in about 17 hours. Tickets cost about 195 Euro (including a couchette); to Berlin, you can get in six hours for 45 Euro.
For detailed information please see the official website of Polish State Railways at: http://rozklad-pkp.pl/bin/query.exe/en
Many travel agencies offer tickets for international coaches running to a variety of destinations across Europe. These buses are equiped with toilets, air-conditioning, reclining chairs, tea/coffee bars and other facilities. Young people (under 26) are offered a 10% discount. Discounts are also available to Euro26 and ISIC card holders. 'Polski Express' offers up to 30% discount to all ISIC card holders. For further information please contact your travel agency.
A reasonable total monthly budget would be about 500 - 600 Euro (excluding travels outside Poland as well as the costs of insurance). Although some students live on a much tighter budget. Examples above are based on good standard of accommodation.
|Accommodation in a student house ca. 3000 PLN/700 EUR per semester|
|Accommodation in a flatshare ca. 3500-7000 PLN/800-1700 EUR per semester|
|Approximate cost of living ca. 5400-6000 PLN/1200-1500 EUR per semester|
|Cost of educational materials ca. 500 PLN/120 EUR per semester|
|Other expenses ca. 3000 PLN/700 EUR per semester|
|Total (per one semester) 8950-21050 PLN plus tuition fee/4400-5000 EUR plus tuition fee|
Examples of prices for products and services in Warsaw in 2016 given in PLN. Usually the exchange rate for EURO is about PLN/EUR = 4.3/1
|cheese||18 PLN / kg|
|coffe in a cafe||4-8|
|dinner in an average restaurant||50-80|
|single bus ticket for a student||1.8|
|monthly bus ticket for a student||45|
|good seat in the opera||50|
More details about cost of living in Warsaw click here.
Cash machines (ATM) are available all over the city.
Expect your first month's expenses to be significantly higher.
Additional expenses which may occur include:
Students are often offered various discounts (shops, transportation, theater, cinema, museums, bookshops). Always remember to present your student card.
Kozminski University does not own any housing facilities. However, student welfare staff can assist you in finding accommodation in the dormitories across the city. Please, note that the number of available places in the student houses is limited. Information regarding places available at a student house is available at the Student Welfare Office. Candidates interested in booking a place in the dormitory must apply as early as possible. Dormitory accommodation is only available for international students during their first year of studies.
You may contact with dormitories:
Students who wish to seek privately-rented accommodation are advised to contact the office well before the beginning of their studies. Student Welfare office keeps an up-to-date list of available houses and flats in the city and can offer an advice and information in such matters as rent, contracts and utility charges.
You may also look for the apartment by yourself on (you may use google which can automatically translate those pages into English):
There are also few accommodation agencies which we can recommend. The average price for the flat rent is 350-500 EUR per month. Please remember, that prices for renting a flat in Warsaw depend on the flat standard, size and location. We suggest for students to share flats and split the cost of rent between 2 or 3 people. Thus accommodation can be cheaper than a student house and of better standard.
You may try to use following services:
You may visit our Facebook or VKontakte page in order to get to know our international students who also look for accommodation. Here students exchange information about flat rent and look for the future neighbors
If you are looking for the hotel to stay after your arrival, you may find some contacts below. First three hotels in the list provide discounts for Kozminski students. For further search you may want to use http://www.booking.com website.
• Hotel Mercure Warszawa Grand (Krucza st. 28)
• Hotel Novotel Warszawa Centrum (Marszalkowska st. 94/98)
• Ibis Warszawa Stare Miasto (Muranowska st. 2)
• Hotel Hetman (Ks Kłopotowskiego st. 36)
• Hit Hotel (Ks. I. Kłopotowskiego st. 33)
Most major debit and credit cards are accepted: VISA, American Express, Diner's Club, MasterCard and Eurocard. Most sales points in the city accept credit card payments.
Cost of living:
(The full list can be found here)
If you would like to visit other cities in Poland or abroad, you may either:
Shoping Malls (working hours):
If you need a legal assistance, you may contact the Information Center for Foreigners in order to get it free of charge (http://interwencjaprawna.pl/cic/information-centre-for-foreigners/).
Address: Siedmiogrodzka st. 5/51
Tel. (+48) 22 629 56 91
In order to call an emergency service via public phone, please dial:
999 – Ambulance
998 – Fire Brigade
997 – Police
986 – Municipal Guard (Straz Miejska)
In order to call an emergency service via mobile phone, please dial:
112 – All the above services.
Emergency Services (by city districts):
• Śródmieście - Poznańska st. 22
• Praga Południe - Grenadierów st. 34
• Wola - Górczewska st. 27/35
• Mokotów - Puławska st. 120
• Żoliborz - Wrzeciono st. 41
• Marymont - Słowackiego st. 52/54
• Praga Północ - Brzeska st. 12
• Ochota - Joteyki st. 9
• Ursynów - Jastrzębowskiego st. 22
• Wilanów - Morszyńska st. 33
• Ursus - Sosnkowskiego st. 18
• Bemowo - Kartezjusza st. 2
• Białołęka - Marywilska st. 44
• Targówek - Łojewska st. 6
• Międzylesie - Dzieci Polskich st. 20
EU/EEA student applicants:
An EU student can enter Poland with his/her ID document (a valid travel document e.g. passport, or another document certifying his/her identity and citizenship). If a student intends to visit Poland's neighboring countries (not all of them are EU Member States), a passport is recommended. Citizens of the EEA countries are subject to the same conditions as EU citizens. Citizens of Switzerland can enter Poland only on the basis of a valid passport.
For stays of up to 3 months no legalization of stay will be necessary. For stays exceeding 3 months, an EU student will have to obtain a temporary residence permit or a residence permit (Karta pobytu obywatela UE). In case of students, the residence permit is issued for one year and can be extended every year until the completion of your studies. This document will be issued by the Department of Foreigners at the Mazovian Province Office on 3/5 Marszałkowska St. in Warsaw (Wydział ds Cudzoziemców ul. Marszałkowska 3/5). Temporary residence permits will be granted to EU students who have health insurance and sufficient resources to cover their expenses during their stay in Poland.
Non-EU/EEA student applicants:
Applicants of a non-EU/EEA country can enter the territory of Poland on the basis of a valid travel document (passport) and a visa. Before arriving to Poland foreign students from non-EU countries must apply for a student visa in the Polish Embassy or consulate in their home country.
A short-term visa entitles the holder to stay in Poland for up to 3 months and a long-term visa up to 1 year. Applicants have to apply for a yearly students visa valid for 365 days.
In order to prolong the legalization of stay, non-EU students may choose from two options:
1. either apply for a new student visa in the Polish Embassy in their home country or
2. apply for a Polish Residence Permit (karta pobytu) in Warsaw. (See below)
Residence Permit (karta pobytu):
Non-EU students may apply for the temporary residence permit (karta czasowego pobytu) at the Department of Foreigners on 3/5 Marszałkowska street in Warsaw (Wydział Spraw Cudzoziemców, ul. Marszałkowska 3/5).
It is better if students submit all the required documents 45 days before the visa expires. (obligatory)
The list of the required documents you may find on the official web site:
For more information and assistance on temporary residence permit procedure for students please call the Information Center of the Department for Foreigners: +48 22 695 67 70 / +48 22 695 67 73 or visit:
Foreign students do not participate in the Polish national health care system. The costs of in-hospital medical care and appointments with general physicians have to be covered by the students. These costs are relatively high and usually start from around 100 zlotys per visit.
Therefore, you are advised to buy a health insurance in your home country before your arrival. Alternatively, the insurance may also be purchased in Poland after your arrival.
If you feel sick or you simply want to undergo the medical examination the first thing you need to know is that you have to be insured by the Polish National Health Fund (NFZ). Insurance by NFZ (Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia) allows you to benefit from all the medical services of its’ partner health care providers.
If you are a EU or EEA citizen and you already have a valid health insurance in your country, you are entitled to receive free health care services from the health care providers who have contracts with NFZ. For this purpose you simply have to go to the doctor approved by NFZ and show your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
For more details please call +48 22 572 62 68 or click here.
If you are non-EU citizen and you do not have any valid health insurance from your country you will have to make a so-called “voluntarily insurance”. In order to do so you will have to submit the copy of your passport, residence permit (visa or karta pobytu), your previous insurance (or document containing the information about its duration)along with the filled in registration form (registration form please find here: www.nfz.gov.pl/new/art/5999/2013_09_19_wzory.zip) to the nearest NFZ office (Chałubińskiego st. 8 in Warsaw)
For details please call +48 22 456 74 01 or visit: http://www.nfz-warszawa.pl/kontakt/dane-teleadresowe/
LUXMED PRIVATE MEDICAL SERVICE
When you experience any health problems, do not wait – call a doctor or arrange a visit in LUXMED (http://www.luxmed.pl/en.htmlhttp://www.luxmed.pl/) (+48) 22 33 22 888 . Full time students have the opportunity to visit general practitioner doctor (internist) free of charge. Do not forget your valid student ID card (this document is authorizing you to use medical services).Kozminski University covers the costs of visits to the general practitioner and the cost of laboratory tests obtained by referral from an internist in LUXMED. The cost of visits to other specialists are not refunded by the University, but you can get a 10% discount after presenting a Kozminski Student ID card.
In case you get ill, this list contains addresses of clinics, ambulance service departments and pharmacies that are open 24/7:
The nearest LUXMED to Kozminski University is situated on Władysława Szernera st. 3.
Kozminski University is located in the north-east of Warsaw, at 57/59 Jagiellońska Street, between the Gdański Bridge and the Grot-Rowecki Bridge. In order to get here you may either use public transport (ZTM) or taxi services.
We strongly recommend you to use licensed taxi services for the security reasons. Taxi tariffs have to be clearly displayed on the car window. The companies have different tariffs and prices may vary. The average price from the airport to the city center is 30 – 40 PLN. The contacts of few taxi companies in Warsaw please find below:
In order to use the public transport you would first have to buy a transport ticket. You may choose among 20 minutes ticket, 75 minutes ticket, 1 day single ticket or weekend 3-days ticket. Remember to validate your ticket right after entering a bus/tram or underground. You can buy tickets at kiosks, newsagents called “Ruch” or in ticket machines with a “Bilety” sign available among the street or sometimes right in bus/tram.
To plan your journeys around Warsaw using public transportation you can visit this journeyplanner website: warszawa.jakdojade.pl
It takes on average 30 - 40 minutes by bus or tram to get to Kozminski University from downtown Warsaw. At the end of the trip you should get off the at the PIMOT bus / tram station.
Tram: 18, 20*
* Please note, that due to frequent reconstructions in Warsaw area, there might be changes in the public transport routes and tram numbers that course to Kozminski University may change as well. To get the valid information please visit http://warszawa.jakdojade.pl/?locale=en.
Getting here from the airport:
Warsaw Chopin Airport is situated 10 km from the city center. Kozminski Univeristy is located on the other side of the city, across the river. In order to get here, you will first have to travel to the city center and then continue your way to the University. For this purpose you may take a taxi, a shuttle bus or use the local transport (ZTM).
By public transport:
The local bus 175 goes from the airport to the city center (journey time - 30 minutes). There is also a night bus N32 which runs to the central railway station every half an hour. Ticket prices are the same as for other ZTM buses.
By shuttle bus:
There is an Airport-City shuttle bus that goes to major hotels in the city. It runs every 10-15 minutes from 4:50 a.m. to 11:00p.m. You can get a ticket at the Orbis tourist agency counter in the arrivals hall.
In order to get to Kozminski University from the airport one must get across the city. A taxi from the airport to the city center costs about 25-30 PLN and directly to the university its should cost about 50-60PLN.
There are a number of taxi corporations in Warsaw (contacts to some of them are mentioned above). If you want to take a taxi directly at the airport taxi stop, please note that those taxies are more expensive.