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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 dormitories:



Private dormitory Student Depot Gdańsk is located in Przymorze, close to bus and tram stops and near to the Fast City Railway station.

The dorm has excellent connections with our University – 7 minutes by fast city train.

Single apartament- costs is around 1500 PLN /per month, Double apartament costs around 1900 PLN/per month

All apartaments are equipped with private bathrooms and kitchens.



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

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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).

Legalization relating to stay of foreign people in connection with starting or continuing full-time studies

A temporary residence permit can be granted to a foreign person who intends to take up or continue education on the territory of the Republic of Poland.
The above-mentioned permit is granted if the circumstances that are the basis for applying for this permit justify the foreign person’s stay on the territory of the Republic of Poland for a period longer than 3 months.

Legal basis: The Act of 12 December 2013 on foreign people(i.e. Journal of Laws of 2016, item 1990) together with implementing acts.


How to apply:

The application is submitted by a foreign applicant applying for permission in person to the voivode competent for the place of stay of the foreign person, no later than on the last day of legal stay on the territory of the Republic of Poland.

When submitting the application, the foreign applicant is obliged to submit fingerprints.

If the application is not submitted in person or is sent by post – after delivery of the application to the voivode, the foreign person will be summoned to appear in person within 7 days of delivery of the request, otherwise the application will not be examined.


Place of submitting the application:

Pomorski Urząd Wojewódzki w Gdańsku (Pomeranian Voivodship Office in Gdańsk)

ul. Okopowa 21/27
80-810 Gdańsk
sala obsługi klienta Oddziału ds. Cudzoziemców
(Customer Service Department of the Foreigners Department)

There is a fee for having a permit and a residence card issued.


Necessary documents:
– 2 application forms completed in accordance with the instructions
– 4 photos (35 mm x 45 mm)
– A photocopy of a valid travel document (original for inspection), in particularly justified cases, when a foreign person does not have a valid travel document and it is not possible to obtain it, one may present another document confirming their identity.
– photocopies of the passport page with personal details and photo


Typical documents confirming the circumstances indicated in the application:

Note: Attaching the documents listed below to the application when submitting it may limit the amount of official correspondence and shorten the processing time.
– a document confirming taking up or continuing education
– documents confirming the possession of health insurance within the definition of the Act of 27 August 2004 on health care services financed from public funds or confirmation of the insurer covering the costs of treatment on the territory of the Republic of Poland
– documents confirming the possession of sufficient financial resources to cover the cost of living (at least PLN 635 for each month of stay for a period of 12 months or for each month of stay if it is shorter than 12 months; in turn a foreign person who has arrived in the territory of the Republic of Poland or stays in this territory, together with dependent family members, must have financial resources to cover the cost of living of at least PLN 515 for themselves and each family member for each month of stay for the periods referred to above)
– documents confirming the possession of sufficient financial resources to cover the costs of return travel to the country of origin or residence or the cost of transit to a third country which grants permission to enter, in the amount equivalent to a ticket to that country, however not less than:
– PLN 200, if one came from the neighbouring country of the Republic of Poland,
– PLN 500, if one came from a Member State of the European Union other than those specified in the previous point,
– PLN 2,500 if one came from a country that is not a member of the European Union
– document confirming the possession of a secured place of residence (e.g. confirmation of residency registration, apartment rental contract, other contract enabling the possession of a dwelling, or a statement of the person authorized to own a dwelling to provide the foreign person with the place of residence)


Forms and applications to download:

Pomorski Urząd Wojewódzki w Gdańsku (Pomeranian Voivodship Office in Gdańsk)

ul. Okopowa 21/27
80-810 Gdańsk

Urząd Miasta w Sopocie (City Hall in Sopot)

Tadeusza Kościuszki 25/27,

81-704 Sopot

Urząd Miasta w Gdańsku (City Hall in Gdansk)

Nowe Ogrody 8/12,

80-803 Gdańsk