the 60000 international students from 157 countries
in the heart of Europe
fascinating culture and history
a truly cosmopolitan European capital
education with career opportunities
modern and vibrant places
of state-of-the-art education facilities
WARSAW IN NUMBERS
WSM is located in Praga North district, which is a part of Warsaw that survived the devastation of war, with three different religions (Catholicism, Orthodoxy and Judaism) peacefully co-existing. A major part of the buildings in this area have preserved its historical origins which makes it one of the most unique areas in the capital. In the district there are many streets which remained undamaged in WW II. Pre-war lamp-posts, sidewalks and blocks are notable features of the area.
Praga is the most “Warsaw part of Warsaw” with lovely cafes, restaurant, art galleries, small clubs, parks, and a beautiful beach. It has got a real unique feel.
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Poland lies in a moderate zone with mixed continental and oceanic climate influences. The warmest areas of the country are the Silesian Lowland and Sandomierska Upland, while the “coldest pole” of Poland is the town of Suwalki on the north-eastern edge of the country.
Poland has six distinct seasons. Apart from the four typical European seasons, there are also two periods described as early spring and early winter.
It is useful to know that the weather in Poland is highly unpredictable and varied.
The summertime can be really hot, and winters tend to be really cold with the chance of snow from November till March.
During the autumn and spring, considered by many people as the most beautiful seasons in Poland, the weather is often changeable – you are likely to enjoy moderately warm temperatures from April to June and from September to October, yet there is always a chance of rain and cold days.
Public transport in Warsaw is well-organized. There are two underground lines called Metro, trams, buses and Fast City Train (SKM)
You can use all types of public transport with a valid single ticket or a valid Warsaw City Card. During the first journey the ticket should be validated immediately after boarding the vehicle. When travelling by metro, you should validate the ticket at the entrance gate before entering the platform, or in the validating machine available next to the lift. Tickets sale points can be found almost everywhere: kiosks, news agencies, shops, post offices or ticket machines which can be found also in buses, trams and trains.
There are several kinds of tickets:
- Time tickets (20-, 75-minute)
- Weekend tickets (valid from Friday afternoon till Sunday evening).
- 30-day tickets
- 90-day tickets
All students up to 26 are entitled to 50% discount tickets if they have a valid students document (student ID).
Your personal Warsaw City Card (WKM) 30- and 90-day tickets is a card with an imprint of your photo and personal data on the reverse page. In order to make the Warsaw City Card you only need to fill an application form in, attach a photo (3,5 x 4,5 cm) and submit them in one of the ZTM Passenger Service Centres. You can also fill an application in via website, unfortunately, only in Polish: https://personalizacja.ztm.waw.pl . The closest ZTM Passenger Service Centre is located near the Wileński Railway Station.
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The jakdojade.pl app is recommended to help anyone travel through almost any city in Poland. It is a public transport app which provides detailed directions for the majority of cities in Poland. When starting the app for the first time you can choose the city you’re in from a list of supported places.
The closest stops near WSM:
- Kawęczyńska-Bazylika (tram stop) – 1 minute away from the University
- Dworzec Wschodni (East Railway Station bus stop, tram stop, train station) – 15 minutes away from the university
- Korsaka (bus stop) – ten minutes away from the university
- Dworzec Wileński (Wileński Railway Station bus stop, tram stop, metro station, train station) – 25 minutes away from the university
Studying at WSM, you are entitled to apply for a place in a dormitory located at the campus.
If you come for a shorter period of time you can book a place in nearby hostels. The cost for a one-night stay starts from 35 PLN
Room or Apartment
You can also rent an apartment or room. The district Śródmieście (Warsaw Centre) is the most expensive with the prices starting from 615 euro for one-room apartment to 1160 euro for a three-bedroom Apartment. If you want to live closer to the university, you are encouraged to rent an apartment on Praga Północ, where prices are much cheaper:
- One-bedroom apartment – 430 euro
- Two-bedroom apartment – 580 euro
- Three-bedroom apartment – 665 euro
- Room in shared Apartment – 150-260 euro
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 25 PLN ~6 euro
- Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, 120 PLN ~28 euro
- McMeal at McDonald (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 19 PLN ~4,5 euro
- Domestic beer (0,5l) 10 PLN ~2,3 euro
- Imported beer (0,33l) 10 PLN ~2,3 euro
- Cappucino (regular) 10 PLN ~2,3 euro
- Coke/Pepsi (0,33 l) 4,5 PLN ~1,05 euro
- Water (0,33 l) 4 PLN ~0,95 euro
- Milk (1 liter) 2,60 PLN ~0,60 euro
- Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500 g) 3 PLN ~0,70 euro
- Rice (1 kg) 3,80 PLN ~0,90 euro
- Eggs (1 pack) 8,60 PLN ~2 euro
- Local cheese (1 kg) 23 PLN ~5,40 euro
- Chicken breast (1 kg) 16,50 PLN ~3,80 euro
- Beef round (1 kg) 34,50 PLN ~8 euro
- Apples (1 kg) 3 PLN ~0,70 euro
- Banana (1 kg) 4,40 PLN ~1 euro
- Tomato (1 kg) 5,80 PLN ~1,35 euro
- Potato (1 kg) 2 PLN ~0,50 euro
- Water (1,5 liter bottle) 1,95 PLN ~0,45 euro
- Bottle of wine (Mid-Range) 23 PLN ~5,30 euro
- Local beer (0,5 liter bottle) 3,20 PLN ~0,75 euro
- Imported beer (0,33 liter bottle) 4,70 PLN ~1,10 euro
- Time tickets 20-minute 3,40 PLN ~0,80 euro / 75-minute 4,70 PLN ~1,10 euro
- Taxi start 8 PLN ~1,85 euro
- Taxi tariff -during day (1 km) 2,40 PLN ~0,55
- Taxi tariff – during night and holidays (1 km) 3,50 PLN ~0,80 euro
- Basic (electricity, heating, water, garbage) for 85 m2 apartment 620 PLN, ~144 euro
- 1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0,23 PLN ~ 0,05 euro
- Prepaid Mobile Plan Tariff (unlimited minutes, unlimited text messages, ~20-30 GB of internet) 30 PLN ~7 euro
- Internet (60 Mbps or More), Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 53 PLN ~12,30 euro
SPORTS AND LEISURE
- Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 112 PLN ~26 euro
WSM students have discount to the gym and swimming-pool in the campus.
- Dance class (60 minutes) 35 PLN ~8 euro
- Cinema (1 seat) 18-35 PLN 4,20-8 euro
- Club (entrance) 20 PLN ~4,60 euro
CLOTHING AND SHOES
- 1 Pair of Jeans 200 PLN ~46,50 euro
- 1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store 130 PLN ~30 euro
- 1 Winter Jacket in a Chain Store 300 PLN ~70 euro
- 1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 285 PLN ~66,30 euro
- 1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 330 PLN ~76,70 euro
STUDENTS FROM THE EU/EEA COUNTRIES
Healthcare in Poland is available for students from EU/EEA countries, who have valid medical insurance in their country. A student is entitled to free medical care if he has a valid passport, student identity card and a valid European Health Insurance Card (Europejska Karta Ubezpieczenia Zdrowotnego)
For detailed information visit the website of the National Health Fund: https://www.ekuz.nfz.gov.pl
STUDENTS FROM OUTSIDE THE EU/EEA
Students from non-EU/EEA countries should buy their own international medical insurance before their arrival in Poland. Otherwise they are required to sign a voluntary health insurance agreement with the National Health Fund (Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia – NFZ) and pay their own insurance fees, which amount to about EUR 15 a month. Also, all international students have the option to buy additional accident insurance.
For detailed information visit the website of the National Health Fund: www.nfz.gov.pl
MEDICAL HEALTH INSURANCE
International students are required to provide proof of adequate health insurance coverage when they apply for a student visa.
Emergency health care is available free for everyone, including people without state health insurance.
Emergency service phone numbers:
- mobile phones: 112
- stationary phones: 999
Apart from healthcare paid for by the National Health Fund, Poland has well-developed private health services. A visit will cost you between 20 and 35 euro, depending on the kind of advice you seek, and the region you are in.
LEGALIZATION OF STAY
Whether you’re an EU citizen or not, you will have to legalize your stay in Poland. You can find some helpful tips that are meant to introduce you to the process.
Student dormitory accommodates 300 students in single, two-person and three-person rooms as well as suites. All the rooms have access to the Internet . An underground car parking is available for a reasonable price.
Owners of the Polish Card can study at the University in accordance with the principles that apply to Polish citizens or other priniples applying to foreigners. In this case the choice of a recruitment path is up to the foreigner, but the decision must be made before applying for studies.
The citizens of member states of the European Union, member states of EFTA, EEA, Switzerland or the members of their families who have financial means necessary to cover the costs of living during the studies, can study in accordance with the same principles as Polish citizens (they cannot, however, apply for social scholarship, a special scholarship for the disabled or grants) or in accordance with the principles different than Polish citizens.