If you’ve heard of the beautiful Tatra Mountains or the Masurian Lake District, you probably want to visit Poland. If you are planning a trip for study purposes, then you should also know that Poland has some of the oldest universities in the world.
There are over 400 universities and colleges in Poland which welcome around 1.5 million students annually. Poland is known to be an affordable European country, with a rich history and numerous high-quality university degrees offered in the English language.
Keep on reading to find out all there is to know about the costs of living and tuition fees for international students in Poland.
Tuition fees in Poland
At public universities, both Polish and EU/EEA & Switzerland students do not pay tuition fees for degrees taught in the Polish language. All the other study programmes demand tuition from students. In general, costs vary between:
- 500 – 6,000 EUR/academic year for Bachelor’s degrees
- 1,000 – 8,000 EUR/academic year for Master’s degrees
Although they are few, you can find free programmes in Poland. They are more common at Master’s level and while some of them are free for all international students, other are only free for EU/EEA citizens. As always, our advice is to check if tuition fees apply to students from your country to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
Universities in Poland with affordable tuition fees
- Warsaw University of Technology
- Poznan University of Life Sciences
- University of Agriculture in Krakow
- University of Opole
Student living costs in Poland
Poland is an affordable European country with a pretty stable economy. Living costs for international students vary between 350 – 550 EUR/month. You can adjust your budget depending on the city or area you wish to study in. Larger cities such as Krakow or Warsaw require between 500 – 850 EUR/month.
Accommodation costs in Poland
Housing is important because it represents around 35% of your total monthly costs of living. International students can find accommodation in university residence halls or private rental apartments, which can also be shared.
- Student residence halls: 60 – 150 EUR/month. Great for networking with other students, but the conditions can vary from one residence hall to another.
- Rent in a shared flat: 80 – 150 EUR/month. Most popular option among Polish students.
Prices are higher if you want to rent an apartment by yourself, especially in a big city. A one-bedroom apartment in Krakow costs around 300 – 465 EUR/month, while Warsaw has prices of 350 – 650 EUR/month.
Other costs associated with accommodation
When you live in Poland, besides rent you will also have some additional expenses which come from the utilities. The basic ones are electricity, heating, water, and garbage and they have total prices of around 155 EUR/month for an 85 square meters apartment.
An additional expense could also be considered the two months deposit that many of the landlords ask when you move into your rental apartment.
Food for an international student usually costs 100 – 150 EUR/month. You can save some money if you choose to buy groceries and shop from cheaper supermarkets. Some of the most common ones are Tesco, Auchan, Carrefour, Leclerc, and Lidl.
You can enjoy dinner in an affordable restaurant for only 5 EUR or pay 23 EUR for a three-course meal in an average restaurant for two. A light drink will cost you only 2 EUR.
Public transport is the main option for students, who pay 50 EUR for a semester pass, which is available for 6 months. Many Polish cities have nice panoramic views and routes, so you can also walk by foot.
If you enjoy transportation by car, like 18% of the students in Poland, you will pay around 1 EUR/litre of gasoline.
Extra study materials
During your study programme, you will need to purchase books, research magazines, and other study materials. These are, in most cases, necessary and they can be purchased even from some universities. However, you are advised to buy them from book stores with old or used products, in order to save some money.
Funding & student support
In Poland, you can support yourself financially through scholarships and funding programmes. Here are some of the options you can explore:
- Scholarships offered by thePolish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA)
- Erasmus+ programmes
- Scholarships on Scholarshipportal.com
Now that you know all these things about living expenses in Poland, go ahead and plan your budget so that you'll have a great study experience in this beautiful country.