Living guide - Sopocka Szkoła Wyższa
Living guide - Sopocka Szkoła Wyższa
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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 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 three cities together make up the metropolitan area of the Tri-City.


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).


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., seven days a week. During public holidays all supermarkets and shopping malls are closed.


The Sopot University of Applied Sciences offers some accommodation at the dormitory.

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, 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).