All about money in Poland for students

Students are often short of money. Many international students consider Poland as a good destination to do their Bachelor or Masters degree. One of the main considerations taken to account is that Poland has extremely cheap cost of living and studying comparing to some other European countries. That's why I've decided to share my experience about spending money in Poland. In this post you can find all relevant information about cost of living in Poland, scholarships possibilities and many other things related to money.




NOTE:

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Content

1. Cost of living

2. Scholarships for students

3. Part time work & other sources of money

4. Examples costs & useful links


Also if you prefer to speak Russian, you can find some relevant information in my another post.

1. Money & expenses

When I talk about money, I'm always considering two types of spendings: minimal to survive (so called extreme living xD) and average spending (not spending money for stuff you don't need, but buying all what you really need or want).

Short of Money Case (per month):
- living in the dorm = 350 to 450zl
- food = 250 to 350 zl

+ if you need to travel to the university reduced fare (-50% for students) ticket for 3 month costs 140zl = 50zl per month

Together you'll need about 700zl in average to survive in Warsaw (in other cities of Poland it can be lower).

You can also spend even less (I know some guy who lived for 300zl per month), but it'll require rather other big tricks.


Average case (per month):

- cost of living in shared apartment = 700 to 900zl
- food = 400 to 500 zl

+ other stuff + parties + miscellaneous = 150 zl

TOTAL: 1400 zl


2. Scholarships

There is quite a lot of scholarships for students in Poland.
Those who has Polish Card are generally studying on the same basis as Polish students and can get most of the scholarships.

First of all there's so called "social scholarship" for poor families. If the revenue of your family is less than a given value per family member (usually it's about 900zl) then you can get the difference payed (so the amount depends on 'how poor you are' =)). Some of my friends got 900zl and some got just 300zl, the amount is set by the comission. 

The next scholarship you can get is the scholarship of the dean for the best studens. Generally it only depends on the GPA you'll get after each semester. In some university this scholarship is same for every student (ex. about 600zl), in others it's divided into some ranges (like higher 550 and lower 400zl) and in some it is totally calculated in relevance to your GPA (for example my friends who study in SGH got 900zl and another one got 200zl).

Besides those 2 standart scholarships that are awailable in every public university there are a lot of other grants and scholarships specific for each student range, field or university. 
You can find more up-to-date information about scholarships available on amazing websites:

http://www.go-poland.pl/ -   website where you can find all related and actual information about Poland Studies. Available in different languages
http://www.mojestypendium.pl/ - another site with scholarships listed

At the end I can say few words about Banach scholarhip, which I got just recently. It's strictly polish scholarship funded by Polish government and designated for "west partnership" countries. Only 50 scholarships is available every year for MS and DS students. You can find more information about it here

3. Part time work & other sources of money

There's a lot of part time jobs available in Poland.
The general wages are about 9-12zl/hour, however of course you can get much more. Below are some examples I've experienced (all prices are nett value):
- checking quality of the electronic devices (0.5zl/one). My friend got 500zl for 4 hours doing that.
- participating in different medical checks & surveys & studies. Up to 120zl per one check/few hours
- EuroStuwarding: up to 12zl/hour
- Some phisical jobs in Opera: up to 25zl/hour
- Participating in conferences & fairs (especially for girls): up to 30zl/hour.

So as you can see those who're looking for jobs intensively can find a lot of opportunities in there.

4. Examples costs & useful links

Usually when I want to check actual prices for food and other commodities in other countries I check the prices on the websites of the big shops like Auchan, Carrefour, Lidl etc.

Here are some examples:

http://www.auchan.pl/ 

https://www.ecarrefour.pl/najpopularniejsze/artykuly-spozywcze

http://www.lidl.pl/pl/index.htm

So that's it for now. If you have something to say, please leave a comment below this post!! =)