Poland is located in the heart of Europe. It is a member state of the European Union and NATO. The population of Poland is over 38 million people. The capital of Poland is Warsaw.
Studying in Poland provides a great opportunity to meet people from around the world, travel across the country, which is rich in history and natural beauty, and to take advantage of the thriving cultural scene. Thanks to its central location, Poland is also a good starting point for travel around Europe.
For current information about Poland, go to the Official Promotional Website of the Republic of Poland.
Warsaw, the capital of Poland, is a city steeped in history, yet it is focused on the present and looking forward to the future. Within one day, you can travel back in time by taking a stroll around the Old Town, then return to the present and go shopping at one of the modern shopping centers, and finally take the subway, running under the Vistula River, to gaze into distant galaxies at the Copernicus Science Center. Warsaw is also a major academic center with numerous higher education institutions, welcoming students from all over the world. During summers, the city hosts many events available free of charge, including concerts, music festivals, open air film screenings, and entry to many art galleries and museums.
Legalisation of Stay
International students have two options to legalize their stay in Poland. They can apply for a visa or a residency card.
To obtain a visa, you should contact a Polish Embassy or a Consulate in your country of origin. There are two types of visas.
A national visa (type "D") allows a foreigner to enter Poland and stay within its borders for up to one year. The validity of such a visa depends on the purpose of travel. A national visa entitles a foreigner to travel to other countries of the Schengen Area for the maximum period of three months within a six month period.
A Schengen visa (type "C") can be issued for a period of up to five months. This kind of visa allows a foreigner to remain within the Schengen Area for 90 days in any 180-day period. The visa indicates the number of entries to the Schengen Area, that have occured during the period of its validity.
A Residence Card may be issued only to foreigners, who have already been granted a temporary or permanent residency in Poland, while their residency status is still valid. Holders of a Residence Card may cross the Polish national border numerous times, without the need to have a visa. Students who wish to apply for a Residence Card, should contact their Regional Administration Office (Voivodship Office). The Residence Card is usually issued for the period covering the duration of the academic year plus two additional months. A subsequent card may be issued for the period of three years, at the maximum. The Residence Card application process takes approximately 2 months.
To learn more about the legalization of stay in Poland, see the presentation on "Student Visas, Student Residence Cards, and Foreign Students and Graduates Working in Poland" prepared by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
No Vacancy - All dormitory rooms have been rented for 2016/2017
Students may choose to stay at the SWPS University dormitory (which is located off-campus) or in individually rented accommodation.
Dormitories (available only in Warsaw)
Our first year international students are offered a possibility to live in dormitories that are located off-campus, in the so-called Osiedle Przyjaźń [Friendship Neighborhood], located in in Bemowo, a modern and fast-growing district of Warsaw. Osiedle Przyjaźń is an area of over 30 hectares. There are 19 student houses, 35 residential houses, 77 detached houses and 3 dormitories. SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities has signed an agreement with Osiedle Przyjaźń for the total of 100 places in three dorms named Rogaś, Sarna, and Jelonek.
In the dormitories, students are accommodated in double rooms with beds, wardrobes, bedside tables, bookshelves, and Internet connection. About four to six students share one bathroom and kitchen. There is a big common room with a TV set in the dormitory, where students can relax, spend some time together, or organize various events. Students also have access to a laundry room and a quiet room for studying. The dormitories are protected by 24-hour security.
There are a few guests room in each dormitory. This gives students an opportunity to invite family or friends to visit them for a few days in Warsaw. The area around the dormitories offers many amenities, including banks, big grocery stores, a post office, an outdoor gym, biking trails, parks, a big shopping center and public transportation. It is located about 20 minutes from the city center by bus or by tram.
Dormitories in a Nutshell:
- Double rooms
- 2 or 3 rooms per one apartment
- Furniture: beds, tables, chairs, wardrobes, bookshelves
- Internet connection
- Facilities for special needs students
- Cost per month: 500 PLN (approx. 115 EUR) - students who wish to stay in a dorm must pay for the whole semester in advance. Payments should be made to the bank account listed in the Dorm Agreement.
Eligible students, who wish to stay in the dormitory, should contact the International Affairs Department and sign a Dorm Agreement.
International Affairs Department
Clerk for Student Affairs
tel. +48 22 517 99 32
In addition, a fully refundable deposit of 590 PLN plus a one-time non-refundable Application Fee of 50 PLN should be paid directly to the dorm in cash or by money transfer to the account number given to the student by the dorm administration. Please note that the bank accounnt for these two fees is different than the account for rent payments.
Students who intend to move out of the dorm are required to inform the dorm administration and the International Affairs Department two weeks in advance. For the payment refund procedure, please refer to the Dorm Agreemnt.
For more information about the dormitories, visit the Official Website of Osiedle Przyjaźń, or contact the International Affairs Department.
Rented Accommodation (Flats/Apartments)
If you wish to rent a room, a flat/apartment, you may visit numerous rental websites and make all the rental arrangements on your own. You may also use the services of an estate agent, who will make all the arrangements for you, for a fee. The advantage of working with an agent is that you put less time and effort into finding the right place. The agent will also ensure that your tenancy agreement is written properly and does not contain any loopholes. Rented accommodation is usually a more expensive option than staying in a dormitory. The monthly cost of a rental is about 1,000 – 1,500 PLN (approx. 230 – 350 EUR) for a bedsit/studio flat/apartment, in Warsaw.
Cost of Living
The official currency of Poland is Polish Zloty (PLN), and it is issued in bills and coins. The cost of living in Poland varies, depending on personal needs, preferences and lifestyle. The minimum monthly amount needed to cover the cost of housing, food, local transportation, and some personal expenses is approx. 2000 PLN (approx. 460 EUR).
The cost of food depends on personal preferences and lifestyle. There are many big grocery chain stores in Poland, including Tesco, Auchan, Carrefour, Biedronka and Lidl. There are also smaller stores and fresh produce markets located in residential areas. Additionally Warsaw offers a smorgasbord of bistros, cafes, fast-food and fine-dining restaurants with a variety of cuisine choices for every price level.
Estimated cost of groceries per month ranges from around 400 to 600 PLN (approx. 90-140 EUR).
Lunch at a fast food restaurant - around 20-30 PLN (approx. 5-8 EUR)
The canteen at SWPS University offers meals at moderate prices, e.g. lunch prices: 15-25 PLN (approx. 3-7 EUR).
Again, the cost of entertainment depends on personal preferences and lifestyle. Warsaw is a modern city and also an academic center, where young people from around the world choose to study. There are numerous clubs, cinemas, theatres, museums, fitness facilities and a variety of events and festivals. Every day there is something interesting to do.Here are some examples of entertainment costs:
- cinema - 15-30 PLN (aprox. 3-8 EUR)
- theater - 20-120 PLN (approx. 5-28 EUR)
- concerts and music festival, starting from 100 PLN (from approx. 23 EUR)
- clubs (entrance fee) – 5-30 PLN (aprox. 2-7 EUR)
Warsaw Public Transport
The most economical and the easiest way of moving around Warsaw is public transport. Warsaw offers a good network of public transportation, including the subway (called Metro), buses and trams. When using public transport, you do not have to worry about traffic jams, road blocks, finding available parking or paying parking fees. There are a variety of tickets available, including short-term, long-term, and one ride options. The Public Transport Authority offers a refillable travelcard, Karta Miejska (City Card), which is the cheapest way to travel around the city. Some public transportation costs are as follows:
Single ticket valid for one ride (bus, tram or underground) - 1,70PLN (approx. 0.40 EUR), with a student discount.
Karta Miejska Travelcard (City Card):
- 30-day all means of transportation – 50 PLN (approx. 12 EUR), with a student discount
- 90-day all means of transportation - 125PLN (approx. 35 EUR), with a student discount
Travel in Poland
Poland is a beautiful country and studying here provides a great opportunity to visit many wonderful cities, geographic areas as well as places of historical and cultural heritage. During your studies, plan to visit Gdańsk, Kraków, Lublin, Poznań, Sopot, Wroclaw, and Toruń. Travel south to ski in the Tatra Mountains, go to the North to walk along beautiful sandy beaches on the Baltic sea, see European bisons in Białowieża National Park, get to know Polish culture and history, and try Polish regional cuisine.
Hostel prices range from 30 to 60 PLN (approx. 7 to 14 EUR) per night depending on the season, location and the standard of accommodation.
For more information about Poland, go to Poland's Official Travel Website.
Office for Health and Special Needs
SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities is an equal opportunity higher education institution and welcomes students with special needs and special access requirements. Our Office for Health supports students with special needs and provides them with optimal conditions for studying and for personal development. We take great care to create an inclusive environment for all students, no matter what their needs, to allow them to flourish and experience academic life in all its aspects.
- Phone no. +48 22 810 80 88
- Room 101
- Office Hours: 9.00 -16.00