Studying in a big city. How to survive

The beginning of the new academic year is near. Thousands of first-year students come to the largest cities in Poland, who will spend the next few years on intensive study, interspersed with a period of fun and setting up in a new place of residence.

For many, moving to a big city is quite a challenge. Changing your environment and friends can be an extremely exhausting and stressful process. To reassure all young students, we present a few tips that will help you find yourself in the hustle and bustle of the big city.


The first thing you need to think about when moving to a big city is, of course, a roof over your head. Of course, the district is chosen depending on the size of our portfolio, but when making a decision, you should pay attention to several factors:

  • distance from the university – it is obvious that the closer the better. There is nothing worse than wasting time unnecessarily moving around the city. Especially in the first months, when knowledge of topography will not be the strongest point,
  • close to the city center – don’t cheat yourself, the closer to the party city center, the better. Studying is not only about learning, but also making new friends and having great fun. Good advice, it’s better to live on the outskirts of the city center than in the center. Remember that someday you will also want to study in peace or sleep. The noise is effectively disturbing this,
  • food outlets – sometimes there is simply no time to cook in the crowds of work and study. It is worth paying attention to the fact that there are at least one or two eateries in the immediate vicinity.

Dormitory or flat

There is no cheaper and more associated with student housing than a dormitory. However, the most difficult part is finding a place in it, because there are many more people willing than just beds. Moreover, when selecting students for a dormitory, the census in the form of income per student’s family member is important. If it exceeds a certain level, you will not be able to live in a dormitory at all.

The cost of accommodation in a dormitory varies depending on the city and university we are talking about. On average, it will fluctuate between PLN 300 and PLN 600. Of course, single rooms will be more expensive than those with several students. The price includes all fees – electricity, water, internet. If it is still too high to start with, check the possibilities of quick loans, which will be a good solution for the period before you start a new weekend job.

The dormitory is a great option for early years students. It will provide an unforgettable experience and give you an overview of what “student life” looks like. In the dormitory you also get to know many people, sometimes with friendships or love for life.

Renting a flat or a room

More affluent students, or those who do not like to be in the crowd of other people, will probably choose a room in an apartment or a studio apartment. Rental prices vary drastically depending on the city you choose to study in. Wrocław, Warsaw and Kraków can boast of the most expensive rental prices.

A private apartment is primarily a convenience. Unlike a dormitory, you are not supervised by anyone and there are no pre-defined rules, such as the lack of the possibility of staying overnight with friends – which, unfortunately, is the norm in a dormitory. In a studio apartment you are the helm and a ship yourself, with more people living in the apartment, everything can be negotiated between the roommates.

Living in a few people brings a lot of benefits. Both expenses and daily duties are broken down. It’s much nicer and faster to do things in a group. Especially if you decide to live with your friends.