Krakow is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, with marvellous Main Square and unique Jewish district Kazimierz. It is full of surprises around every corner, and what's the most important - it is fantastic place for your Erasmus adventure!
We know that moving to a foreign country, far from your friends and family can be challenging. In order to help you, we decided to share these few tips that might be useful in everyday life in Krakow.
We also advice you to use jakdojade.pl website, where you can easily find out how to get from point A to B.
Ticket information: as exchange students at any of Polish university, you are allowed to use discounted tickets. However, for buying cheaper ticket, you need to be a holder of Polish student ID, which is given to international students at the beginning of every semester. For a 1-month or 1-semester valid ticket, you need to go to MPK office [HERE], however single tickets are to be bought from the machine at tram/bus stops or inside the vehicle. Don’t hesitate to ask your Mentor for help!
Where to sleep
Since Krakow is a very popular destination, in the city you can find a lot of hostels, hotels, motels, guest houses etc. Many of them are located in the Old Town or around Kazimierz, so you are close to the all important spots in the city. If you are planning to stay longer, it is good to look for a private flat.
If you are looking for a temporary accommodation you might use following websites:
For a private room or the whole apartment you may check:
Where to shop
Krakow has numerous places where you can do some shopping. Starting from huge shopping malls such as Galeria Krakowska (next to main train station), Bonarka, Galeria Kazimierz and Galeria Bronowice. In each of them you can find also supermarkets. If you prefer something more casual, go to Old Town, where you can find some smaller shops also with handmade jewellery and souvenirs. During holiday time, in December, there is charming fair on the Main Square where you can buy traditional clothes, jewellery, paitings etc. Also taste some local dishes and beverages.
For more information please visit: https://www.inyourpocket.com/krakow/shopping.
What to see in Krakow
Krakow is a city with long, rich history. For many years Krakow was capital of Poland, so there are many remainings of this period of time. On „must see” list there are for sure: Wawel Castle, Main Square, Underground Museum, Jewish district with Schindler’s factory, National Museum and Czartoryski Museum.
Looking for more traveling inspiration? Check some of our suggestions following hashtag #50ShadesOfKrakow!
Where to eat
In Krakow you can find hundreds of bistros, restaurants and coffee shops. People from Krakow love spending time in small cafeterias and bars, watching pedestrians, just enjoying their lazy afternoon or evening. You can find many locales around Main Square and on Plac Nowy (Kazimierz) with food from all around the world.
Where to go out in the evening
Krakow is famous for its bars and clubs. Thousands of tourists are coming every year to the city for mainly this reason. For sure you can’t get bored in Krakow, especially in the evening. Starting from Main Square and finishing on Plac Nowy there are numerous possibilities how to spend your night. You can always adjust it to your current mood: small, intimate bars, to beer galleries, locals with live music and underground rock bands to cocktail bars and night clubs. They are all waiting for you!
For more information please visit: http://www.where2b.org/events/Krakow.
If you are already an ESNcard holder, check out the list of the places where you can get discount here.
CRACOW UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS
Cracow Uniwersity of Economics (CUE) or Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Krakowie (UEK), how we call it in Polish, is one of the five maina economic universities in Poland and the biggest economic university in the country. It is also third the biggest university in Krakow, major Polish academic center. Established in 1925, with its more than 90 years of tradition.
University Campus is located in Krakow, on Rakowicka 27 Street. It contains historical Main Building, Library Building, Buildings: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, S, U and other buildings. You can find the Campus Map [HERE].
Who can help you
Where to find ESN UEK Office?
We're located in the 'Stróżówka' Building (you can also find the International Programmes Office there). To find our office, after entering the building turn left and go down the stairs. We're waiting there for you, always ready to help!
Information for disabled students
- Office for Students with Disabilities: firstname.lastname@example.org
- ESN UEK Social Inclusion Ambassador