Cost of living

Cost of living

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

The value of złoty for December 2015 is as follows:
1 USD = 3.96 PLN; 1 GBP = 6.01 PLN; 1 DKK = 0.58PLN;
1 SEK = 0.47 PLN; 1 EUR = 4.34 PLN; 1 NOK = 0.46 PLN

Naturally, the cost of living varies from student to student. The 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 winter, make phone calls abroad and lead an active social life they will spend a few hundred PLN per month (excluding cost of accommodation).

To give you some idea of the cost of living in Lodz these are some expenses:
* Accommodation in a Student House (a double room) 350-400 PLN per month
* Private accommodation (shared room) 500–700 PLN per month
* Dinner in a student canteen 10-15 PLN
* Dinner outside Campus 15 – 30 PLN
* Breakfast and supper (if self-catering) 10 – 15 PLN
It is rather expensive to have dinner à la carte in a restaurant. Meals at small bars or „fastfood” bar are less expensive.

The approximate prices of some items are listed below:
Milk                    2.5 PLN/litre
bread                 3 PLN/kg
butter                 4 PLN/200g
cheese               20 - 25 PLN/kg
meat                  15 - 25 PLN/kg
chicken               8 - 10 PLN/kg
eggs                   0.50 PLN/each
rice                     5 PLN/kg
potato                 1.5 PLN/kg
apples                 3 PLN/kg
chocolate             3 PKN/bar
mineral water       2 PLN/1.5l

Food prices may differ from one store to another as well as from 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 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday to Friday. On Saturday they close early afternoon. Some stores are open on Sundays and some 24 hours a day.

Other expenses
Books and supplies        50 – 150 PLN per month
Cinema                        25 PLN (one ticket)
Cigarettes                    10 – 15 PLN/ packet (20 cig.)
beer                            3-10 PLN/0.5l
single 20-minute-ride bus or tram ticket 2,60 PLN (regular fare) and 1,30 PLN (student fare)


Date of record:2008-12-09
Date of actualization:2017-01-18

Submitted by:
Agnieszka Michałowska-Dutkiewicz

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