Poland is quite a large country with a lot of diversity in scenery and quality of life. There are many unique regions that could make your Polish experience really different depending on where you decide to go for your #erasmus_adventure. To help you with your decision we’ve prepared our short ranking of the top 7 best Polish cities to live and study in.

7. Łódź

The postindustrial yet very modern city is a perfect place for young people to live and study. There are 6 public universities and 16 private ones! Future humanists, doctors, representatives of sciences and artists are educated here. Lodz Film School is one of the best art schools in the world. One of the most chosen universities among students is Lodz Fine Art Academy. Many faculties of universities in Lodz are located in historic palaces and tenement houses, which makes the unusual atmosphere of science.

6. Lublin

Lublin Castle panorama

Lublin is the biggest academic city in the eastern part of Poland. The most popular university is called KUL (Catholic University of Lublin). There are 70k students includes over 5k from abroad. Lublin has 6 public universities and several private academies.

5. Poznań

Poznań old town market square

Here you can study faculties that some have never even dreamed of. Finology, mechatronics, intermedia, cognitive science and artistic violin making are just some of the proposals that are on offer from 27 Poznań universities. The city’s largest university is the University of Adam Mickiewicz, in which almost every third Poznan student is educated.

4. Tri-city (Gdańsk, Gdynia, Sopot)

The advantage of the Tri-City is that they are really 3 completely different cities for students that together form a unique agglomeration.
Gdańsk has a beautiful old town and many places historically important for Poland, e.g. shipyard and Westerplatte. Sopot is a typical holiday resort with a famous beach and lots of trendy music clubs and discos. Gdynia is most strongly associated with the sea through the Naval Academy and the port.

Tens of thousands of students study at the local universities not only from all over the country but also from around the world. The most popular are the University of Gdańsk, Gdańsk University of Technology or Gdynia Maritime University. Students can choose from over several hundred institutes, among which the most popular are, among others, Scandinavian studies, criminology and management of cultural institutions. Tri-city student campuses have increasingly developed infrastructure, which includes dorms, libraries, pubs, shops and restaurants. In the Tri-City, in addition to an excellent educational offer, students value the proximity of the sea and a rich cultural and entertainment offer.

3. Warsaw

Warsaw’s a modern city that never sleeps

Warsaw is the second city in Europe in terms of the number of students, with a result of 235,000. people. It is ahead of, among others Rome, Madrid and Barcelona, and on a European scale, more people study only in Paris. Warsaw offers education in 15 public universities and 53 private universities. Although Warsaw is attractive in many ways for students, it is the most expensive city in Poland in terms of maintenance.
“The city of lights that never sleeps” is a saying that defines Warsaw well as a place full of life, events and meetings, in a constant rush.
An advantage for students and party people is public transport. Even in the middle of the night, you can easily get from one end of the city to the other, and all this with attractive discounts on the subway, trams and buses.

2. Kraków

Cloth hall and Mariacki’s Church at the biggest main square in Europe.

For many people, studying in Krakow is a dream. Young people are attracted by renowned universities and the unique atmosphere of the city. You can study here at over 20 universities, including the famous Jagiellonian University or the AGH University of Science and Technology. Krakow is the perfect place for those who want to combine science with entertainment at the highest level. There is no shortage here of festival, concerts, theatre or cabaret events. In 2016, the city came 13th in the ranking of the best student cities in the world according to Erasmus students. Let us add that the costs of living and the quality of cultural and nightlife were assessed.

1. Wrocław

The city is considered one of the safest, pro-Western, and friendly to young people who want development, contact with culture, open to new experiences. Beautiful architecture, rich history, meet the best universities there.
Almost all the year on the streets of Wroclaw you can see that it is a youth centre. Offers education at 11 public and several private universities, including ASP or Academy of Music. Approx. 120,000 students face university duties every day, and in the evenings they struggle with the choice of pub. And the variety of places to relax after learning is really huge. In addition, cultural and entertainment events are organized in the city that attracts people from all parts of Poland. Students living in Wroclaw will certainly not be bored. The city has a rich cultural and party offer, in 2016 Wrocław won the European Capital of Culture title.

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