Spotlight on Krakow

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Have you ever longed to travel and live in another country? Try life in a different city and at the same time, continue your studies to further enhance your future employability? Erasmus+ is the best scheme to help you achieve all of the above and more!

The EU’s study and work placement scheme enables students from all over Europe to experience studying, working and living abroad – plus, with the incredible funding available through grants, even those from disadvantaged backgrounds can still reap the benefits of this extraordinary scheme! Hundreds of thousands of students have already benefitted from an Erasmus+ stay and now, it’s your turn.

If you’ve set your sights on trying a period of time abroad, you might be considering the perfect destination for your mobility abroad. In this article, we’ll focus on Krakow in Poland, the East of Europe and tell you why it’s the perfect place for you to embark on the experience of a lifetime! Don’t worry if you can’t speak Polish, most locals speak good English so you’ll be able to improve your English skills and make lifelong friends.

Let’s look at Krakow in more detail!

An Affordable City

Firstly – if you’re on a strict budget then Krakow will suit your needs because it’s extremely affordable. The most visited city in Poland, expect to pay around 300 to 400 Euros monthly on living expenses. Of course, this does depend on the type of accommodation you choose but mostly, living in Krakow is good value. We’d recommend sharing a dormitory for the most cost-effective accommodation, or you could share an apartment. Both are great options to also meet likeminded people to socialise with during your time in the city. Expect to pay around 200 Euros for rooms in Krakow.

A Great Party Atmosphere!

As for enjoying this buzzing city, you’ll soon notice the young and fun atmosphere. Your partner university will bring lots of opportunities for meeting others and partying. When you venture into the centre of Krakow, there’s a lot to do. As well as restaurants, pubs, bars and nightclubs you’ll also spend time visiting the iconic monuments. We’d recommend going to Kazimierz for drinks with friends or if you like clubbing, try Teatro Cubano and dance the night away.

Free, Cultural Tours

One of the advantages of an Erasmus+ experience in Krakow is the free tours – especially for students, so you can visit the must-see buildings in the city without paying anything! Furthermore, most tours are accessible in other languages, so you’ll understand everything perfectly. The best places to find out about the free Krakow tours available is to Google online or visit the tourism offices.


So, what iconic monuments are must-sees?

When in Krakow, you should make time to visit Krakow Market Square (which is the biggest square in Europe). In the square, there are important buildings, the Sukiennice, the Town Hall Tower, St Mary’s Basicila and St Adalbert’s Church. We’ve already mentioned the Kazimierz district, which is the Jewish district and has hundreds of years of rich history. The old town of Krakow is also a World Heritage Site so spend some of your free time ambling around the cobbled streets.

Eating in Krakow

As for food – Polish food is rich and hearty because the climate is cool, winters can be extremely cold so warm up by drinking Polish soups such as Zurek or Zupa Pomidorowa. Of course, goulash is extremely popular and traditional Polish goulash (beef stew) is delicious! Do try other food such as bigos (another stew made with cabbage and sauerkraut) and Pierogi which are savoury or sweet dumplings.

In Summary

We’re sure that Krakow will tick all of your boxes, so if you think it’s the right city for your Erasmus+ mobility, speak to your university careers’ office or school tutor to find out if you can access an Erasmus+ grant. Imagine the months of excitement that lay ahead of you – in an affordable city that’s full of culture, friendly people, delicious food and unlock opportunities for a great future ahead of you!

Find out more about what Krakow has to offer you or discuss Erasmus+ with our friendly team at TravelEdventures and start the process today.