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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 county status, in Pomeranian Voivodeship. It lies between the larger cities of Gdańsk to the southeast and Gdynia to the northwest. The three cities together make up the metropolitan area of Tri-City.


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


Groceries, 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.


Sopot Univeristy of Suplied Sciences offer some places in the dormitry.

The Univeristy also help students to find a suitable place – whether that’s hostel accommodation, renting a flat or a room from a private landlord.


Some links to the webside where you can find accomodation offers:


Gdansk University of Technology and Gdansk University invite to stay in their dormitries but only during summer holidays.

Medical insurance

EU citizens:
A valid passport, student Identity Card or doctoral student Identity Card and 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 the documents will be obliged to cover the cost of medical help. Students need to apply for EKUZ in their home country.


Erasmus students (having so called legitymacja studencka – student’s card – issued by the host university) are usually allowed to consult doctors at academic medical care centres.


More information avaiable at:


NON EU citizens:
You can choose private insurance company or join a voluntary health insurance in Poland in one of National Health Fund branches (NFZ- Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia). Under this insurance scheme, students are entitled to free medical care and can use university health care clinics and health centres. Also, all foreign students have the option of purchasing additional 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,- PLN.
Monthly living costs of an average student in Poland: 1200-2000 PLN.
Room at a private apartment 500-1000 PLN
Flat 1200-2000 PLN


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

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, 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.