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Polish Currency


Polish money (PLN) is counted in złoty (zł) and grosz (gr): 100 groszy = 1 złoty. The coins are issued in 1gr, 2gr, 5gr, 10gr, 20gr, 50gr, 1zł, 2zł and 5zł. The bank notes are issued in 10zł, 20zł, 50zł, 100zł, and 200 zł.

The exchange rates for złoty on for September 29, 2011 were as follows:

  • 1 USD = 2.87 PLN
  • 1 EUR = 4.16 PLN
  • 1 GBP = 4.70 PLN
  • 1 CHF = 3.53 PLN
  • 100 JPY = 3.74 PLN

Naturally, the cost of living varies from student to student. Daily necessities like food and clothing are still relatively inexpensive by western standards. However the prices depend on the country of origin of the goods. Generally products made in Poland are less expensive than goods imported from the West. Foreign students should remember that if they want to travel, buy fresh fruit and vegetables in the winter, make phone calls abroad and lead an active social life they will additionally spend a few hundred PLN per month (excluding cost of accommodation).

To give you an idea of the cost of living in Warsaw this is example of some expenses:


  • Accommodation in a Student House (in a double room): 400-600 PLN per month
  • One meal in a student canteen: 14 PLN
  • Dinner outside the Campus: 10 - 20 PLN
  • Breakfast and supper (if self-catering): c.a. 10 PLN

It is rather expensive to have dinner a la carte in a restaurant. Meals at small bars or fast-food bars are less expensive.

The approximate prices of some items are listed below:
  • milk: 2.20 PLN / litre
  • chicken: 10-20 PLN / kg
  • bread: 2 PLN / kg
  • eggs: 0.5 - 0.6 PLN / each
  • butter: 3 - 4 PLN / 250 g
  • rice: 3 - 4 PLN / 0.5 kg
  • cheese: 17 - 20 PLN / kg
  • potatoes: 2 PLN /kg
  • meat: 15 - 20 PLN / kg
  • fruit: 3 - 15 PLN / kg

Food prices may differ from one store to another as well as according to the season. Fruit and vegetables are cheaper in summer than in winter. We suggest that you check which store in your area offers the most reasonable prices.

Most grocery stores are open from 8.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. Monday to Friday. On Saturday they close in the early afternoon. Some stores are open on Sundays.

Other expenses:

  • Books and supplies: 50 PLN per month
  • Cinema: 14 - 22 PLN / film
  • Cigarettes: 5 - 8 PLN / packet (20 cig.)

Our foreign student claim that one may need around 2000 PLN to live comfortably in Warsaw.

Page last modified on Poniedziałek 29 Sierpień, 2011 13:01:20 CEST