Practical Information

Autor: IRO, last update: 06.11.2017
Ignatianum International Club (IIC)

Ignatianum International Club organizes various social, cultural and sport events and trips for both international and Polish students. For the beginning of your stay, IIC organizes two Welcome Days including some events, guided tour in the city and integration games. During the semester, IIC prepares some interesting propositions for spending your free time during weekends (bike excursions, trips to other Polish cities, pastoral service in English, tandem meetings, common cooking and much more! Like our IRO facebook funpage and stay updated.

Mentors

We are trying to make your study period at Ignatianum as best as possible and what's more important, integrate you with the local environment! Herewith, we organise for you an assistance among the local students. Few months before the beginning of the semester, each incoming student is going to receive an email from their Mentor - a Polish student who will help them at their arrival, show them around the first days and generally will be helping them with all those practical issues during their stay in Poland. It is important to stay is touch with your Mentor - you never know when you will need their help!

Student ID card

All incoming students are provided with an electronic student ID card.
It is valid (with an affixed hologram) from 1st October to 31st March and from 1st April to 31st October. It entitles its holder to the University library use, concession fares on public transport in the city, concession rail fares (if owner is under 26 years of age) and to concessions in cultural institutions (theatres, museums, etc).

Accommodation 

Accomodation proposition from Ignatianum:
Our incoming exchange students have the possibility to have a place in a shared room at the residences of AWF (Physical Education University of Cracow) based on an agreement signed between the two institutions.
The price for a place in a double shared room with private bathroom is: 440 PLN/ month (non-renovated building), 473 PLN/ month (renovated building). It depends on the administration, to which building you are going to be registered.
Deposit: 500 PLN.
Location: Al. Jana Pawła II 82, 84, 86.

Tram stop: AWF - 20 min by tram to the University and to the old city center. Both tram and buses (including night buses) operates frequently.

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Facilities:
- only double shared rooms available with private bathroom,
- available furnishings (no possibility to move or remove from the room),
- private fridge and TV must be reported at the reception upon bringing in,
- blankets, pillows, bed sheets and curtains are given for free, once a month bed sheets are being changed: terms announced on the announcement boards.

How to apply? Students interested in this option, should note it on their Student's application form (YES in the related bracket). No further on-line registration is required. A place in the available dormitories will be guaranteed for them. 

Students wishing to find accomodation on their own:

Students who wish to stay at dormitories, apart from the one proposed by the IRO,  should contact them independetly or search individually for a flat or a room to rent. Please note, that in this case, the IRO is not obliged to provide any assistanse in arranging the accomodation.

Links to other dormitories in Cracow:
http://www.miasteczko.agh.edu.pl/index_en.php (AGH University), email: miasteczko@agh.edu.pl

info@bursa.krakow.pl (UJ University)

http://www.up.krakow.pl/main/eng/?page=dormitories
(UP University)
https://pomocmaterialna.urk.edu.pl/index/site/3307
(UR University
)

Renting a flat or a room in Cracow:

Ignatianum is located in Cracow, the most touristic polish city and a city of 21 higher education institutions and approx. 167 000 students, which means that finding a room or a flat may be difficult. Below ar some useful tips on the topic:
The price for a room depends on the standard and location of the flat. Our University is located just a 10 minute walk from the city centre (Rynek Główny) and generally to the Old Town district or ''Stare Miasto'' in Polish. Almost all of the flats which are close to this location are in old-style houses, fact that has its pluses and minuses (for example, heating bills during the winter are quite high). Please have these additional costs in mind while looking for an apartment.
Other districts close to the University are: ''Kazimierz'', ''Śródmieście'', ''Grzegórzki'' and the prices and conditions of apartments can often be better than in the Old Town. If you need cheaper accommodation, however, you will probably need to travel to the University by bus or tram, walk a longer way or use a bike.

Popular polish websites for finding accommodation:
http://domy.pl/en
 
http://www.mieszkania-studenckie.pl/krakow/mam30.php

http://olx.pl/nieruchomosci/mieszkania/krakow/?search[dist]=5 
http://www.gumtree.pl/fp-nieruchomosci/krakow/c2l3200208?isSearchForm=true

Transport

Cracow has a good system of transport. The nearby John Paul II- Balice airport  offers many international flights and even more can be found at Warsaw Airport (you can also travel by train from Warsaw to Cracow). The Central Train station (Dworzec Centralny) situated in the centre of Cracow, allows you to travel to other Polish cities and abroad. Remember that with a Polish student ID you have a 50% discount for travelling by train. In the same area you can find the main Bus Station of Cracow (MDA) where you can take a bus, which is a very popular option among Erasmus students (inexpensive bus companies with international connections: Polski bus, Flixbus).
The local system of buses and trams can take you safely to any part of the city and tickets can be bought at ticket machines on board or near most bus-stops. A good option for the Erasmus students is to buy a semestral ticket. Bikes are also popular and the abundance of bike paths and parking places make it a great transport option. Bikes can easily be borrowed or bought in Cracow.

                                                                                 

Cost of living

Approximate costs of living in Cracow:
- Single room per month: 170 – 250 Euros
- Double room per month: 100 – 180 Euros
- Meals – breakfasts, lunches and dinners starting from 3-4 Euros
- Transport: Bus or tram transport 20 Euros a month

Currency information: Poland does not officially use Euros. Euros can only be accepted in some locations but there are many bureau de changes (kantors) which can change them and are commission free.
The currency is Polish Złoty (1 Euro = 4,24 PLN, as of October 2017)

The city of Cracow 

Cracow is the second largest city in Poland: it has about one million residents, including students. This metropolis in the south of Poland used to be the capital of the country from the 11th until the 16th century. Today it is regarded as the most popular cultural, tourist and academic destination in Poland.

Cracow is one of the European Capitals of Culture. Its Old Town escaped the devastation of World War II, leaving the beauty of its historical buildings untouched. In the Old Town you can see the largest medieval Main Market Square in Europe. At the centre lies the Renaissance Cloth Hall, which used to be the major point of international trade and still offers a range of local products today. The most distinctive features of the Old Town are the Town Hall Tower and the Gothic St. Mary's Church dating from 13th/14th century with its famous wooden altarpiece.
The Main Market Square is not the only cultural and tourist attraction. On the banks of the Vistula lies the Wawel Royal Castle: replete with the tombs of the Polish monarchs, audience chambers, chapels and tapestries, it is a living testimony to the richness of Polish history. Kazimerz, the old Jewish District, is currently one of the main centres of Jewish culture in Europe: it is especially famous for its synagogues, restaurants, pubs and numerous cultural events.
Cracow has been known for a number of years as the largest and most attractive student city in Poland. The city hosts more than twenty universities and academies and attracts more than two hundred thousand students annually. Thanks to local and international students and the events organized for them, the city is always full of life and youth atmosphere.
Finally, the city was the home of Archbishop Karol Wojtyła, who became Pope John Paul II in 1978. His home town of Wadowice, is in the region and is home to the Museum of John Paul II, whilst Cracow itself has many places which are indelibly linked to Polish Pope.

Useful links

http://www.krakow.pl/english/ Cracow city website
http://en.karnet.krakow.pl/
events in Cracow
http://www.study-krakow.com/
study in Cracow

http://www.go-poland.pl/ official website of Polish Ministry of Science
and Higher Education with information about studying in Poland
http://www.popolskupopolsce.edu.pl/
Learning Polish A1 level online

http://en.polska.pl/ official promotional website of Poland
http://www.poland.travel/en/ travel in Poland
http://erasmusplus.org.pl/in-poland/
useful information about Erasmus+ in
Poland

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