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Living guide

Living guide

Sopot is a seaside resort town in Eastern Pomerania on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea in northern Poland.




Sopot is the most popular resort at the Baltic Sea, which turns into a campus after the tourists leave it. In addition to academic offer it supplies a variety of attractions literally for everyone, both for architecture fans admiring secession and art nouveau and those who look for any entertainment at the European level. Sopot is also a city with the highest quality of life in Poland, which is a home town to many celebrities.




Sopot is a major health-spa and tourist resort destination. It has the longest wooden pier in Europe – 515.5 meters long, stretching out into the Bay of Gdańsk. Sopot is a city of different architecture, a city of art, a city of entertainment and a city of greenery (60% of the city’s territory is covered with green areas).




Sopot is a town with a status of a county, in the Pomeranian Voivodeship. It lies between two larger cities – Gdańsk, to the southeast, and Gdynia, to the northwest. The tree cities together make up the metropolitan area of the Tri-City.

Sopot has an excellent location in respect of communication. Distance from the airport is ca. 15 km. There is a railway station and city train station providing communication with the whole Tri-City.



In the rankings, the Tri-city belongs to best cities in Poland  to live and work.


Grocery stores, such as Lidl, Auchan, Carrefour, Biedronka, Piotr i Pawel are open between 6-9 a.m. and close between 9-10 p.m. You may expect shortened opening hours of small local shops and during the weekend. As for shopping centres, they open at 10 a.m. and do not close till 10 p.m., six days a week from Monday till Saturday.


There are new regulations in Poland – stores can be open only on selected Sundays.


In 2020, there will be only 7 shopping Sundays in Poland: January 26, April 5, April 26, June 28, August 30, December 13, and December 20.

During public holidays all supermarkets and shopping malls are closed.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020 – New Year

Monday, January 6, 2020 – Epiphany

Sunday, April 12, 2020 – Easter

Monday, April 13, 2020 – Easter Monday

Friday, May 1, 2020 – Labor Day

Sunday, May 3, 2020 – Constitution Day

Sunday, May 31, 2020 – Pentecost

Thursday, June 11, 2020 – Corpus Christi

Saturday, August 15, 2020 – Army Day and the Assumption of Mary

Sunday, November 1, 2020 – All Saints Day

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 – Independence Day

Friday, December 25, 2020 – Christmas

Saturday, December 26, 2020 – Christmas



The Sopot University of Applied Sciences offers some accommodation at the private dormitory – students’ house Hostelino (near the main railway station and the main street – Monte Cassino):- perfect location – just 2-minutes walk from the main railway station Sopot Główny and bus stops, around 10-minutes from the main street – Monte Cassino,
– living room with Smart TV, board games and books,
– fully equipped kitchen,
– spacious garden, terrace and chill out veranda,
– bright rooms with beds with lockers and night lamps, desks with chairs,
– weekly housekeeping service,
– regularly washed and exchanged linen,
– free WiFi access in all building.


The University also helps students find suitable accommodation – whether it is a hostel, or rental of a flat or a room from a private landlord.


Some links to the Websites where  accommodation offers can be found:


The Gdansk University of Technology and the University of Gdansk invite students to stay at their dormitories, only during summer breaks.

Medical insurance

EU citizens:
A valid passport, a student Identity Card or a valid European Health Insurance Card entitles its holder to medical care services, free of charge in Poland. Those who fail to present any of these documents will be obliged to cover the cost of medical services. Students need to apply for an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) in their home country.

Erasmus students (holding the so-called legitymacja studencka – a student ID card – issued by the hosting university) are usually allowed to consult the doctors at academic medical care centers.

More information available at:


NON EU citizens:
You can choose a private insurance company or join a voluntary health insurance in Poland at one of the National Health Fund branches (NFZ- Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia). Such insurance entitles students to free medical care and can be used at  university health care clinics and health centers. Additionally, all foreign students can  purchase additional personal accident insurance.

Currency and living costs

The Polish unit of currency is złoty (PLN). 1 złoty.


The exchange rate for 1 euro is approximately 4,2 zloty .
Monthly living costs of an average student in Poland: 1200-2000 zloty.
A room at a private apartment 500-1000 PLN
A flat 1200-2000 PLN


Generally, the costs of food, public transportation and housing are somewhat lower in Poland than the cos of living in Western Europe.
– average prices of everyday products: bread: 2-5 zloty, milk 1l: 2-4 zloty, butter: 3-5 zloty, water 1,5 l: 2-3 zloty
– full price monthly public transportation ticket: 80-130 zloty,
– a cinema student’s ticket: 16-25 zloty,
– lunch at canteen: 10-18 zloty

Important phone calls

The country code for Poland is 0048 (+48) and the Gdańsk code is 58.


When calling from a landline, dial:
999: Ambulance,
998: Fire Brigade,
997: Police,
981: Road Assistance,
986: Municipial Police.


From a mobile phone dial 112 (which is the general emergency number)


Due to surrounding hills and the Baltic Sea, the climate and weather in Sopot is diverse. Usually the coldest month in Sopot is February (-3°C, but -15°C is not rare), and the warmest July and August (+18°C, but 25-30°C at times).