It is a city with a very good student atmosphere thanks to the fact that its universities (the University of Lodz and the Lodz Polytechnic University) welcome many international students every year. Furthermore, the cost of living in Lodz, and in Poland in general, is cheap, which makes it an affordable destination for young people.
In Lodz, you have the possibility of living in a shared flat, which allows your student budget to cover a greater number of activities and events. Take the opportunity to do different activities with your flatmates, who will surely become part of your Erasmus family in no time.
Here are some pros and cons of living in shared flats in the Polish city:
There are a wide variety of shared flats available in neighbourhoods convenient for students and close to universities. For example, you will find spare rooms in Fabryczna, one of the neighbourhoods where most of the faculties of the University of Lodz are located. If you are going to Lodz Polytechnic University, you can consider the Stare Miasto.
You can choose between spare rooms in private shared flats and rooms that are part of residence halls.
The savings in the rental cost will allow you to invest more in experiences and trips. Take advantage of the low cost of travelling in Poland and explore the nearby cities of Warsaw, Wroclaw, Katowice and Krakow.
Remember that the residences may not be in the best condition and that, if you live in them, you will have to comply with the rules and regulations of the accommodation.
Being a student city, Lodz receives a large number of students every year, which can make finding accommodation difficult. We recommend that you start your search as soon as possible and that you do it on the Erasmus Play housing comparator.
Take advantage of the Erasmus+ Apps that you can download to access all the information available online about life in Lodz and its universities. Among this relevant information, you will find advice from former students, such as taking advantage of your stay to taste the delicious local cuisine that includes Pierogis, Zurek Soup, Golabki and Polish sausages.
In addition to sharing moments and experiences with your flatmates, you can consider some of the following options to meet people, both before and after your arrival in the Polish city:
The Erasmus Student Network has representation in several of the universities in the Polish city. You can be part of, for example, the ESN UŁ Łódź at the University of Lodz or the ESN-EYE Łódź at the Lodz University of Technology. In them, you will be able to join a large number of fun activities and receive help with the different procedures that must be done when studying in the city.
There are a wide variety of groups on Facebook that you can join to meet people. Some indicate the academic year in their name, so in them, you will be able to contact other students who are going to be in Lodz in the same season as you. In the ESN groups, you can see the calendar of planned activities that you can join, which usually include an orientation week, quiz nights, photography workshops, and Beer pong tournaments, among others.
In general, incoming students and Facebook groups often create groups on Whatsapp or another messaging platform to be in more direct contact. In these groups, you can share your interests, which will make it easier to meet people with whom you can make different plans.
We give you some tips for you to take into account:
Students usually have access to many discounts in the city, such as a discount on public transport. Find out which one it is to take into account when calculating how much it would cost you to get from a distant neighbourhood to the centre of the city.
Piotrkowska Street is one of the most atmospheric areas of the city. Take this into account when deciding if you want to live near this busy area or if you prefer to look for accommodation in a quieter area.
How much does a shared flat cost in Lodz?
|A spare room in a shared flat in Lodz can start at €100 and can go up to €420 per month for one with a private bathroom.|
How to find roommates in Lodz?
|One of the best places to look for roommates is in the Erasmus Play online community, where you will also be able to compare available and verified roommates in Lodz.|
How to meet people in Lodz?
|You will have the opportunity to meet people by joining international student associations, such as ESN UŁ Łódź or ESN-EYE Łódź. You can also join a large number of Facebook and Whatsapp groups, find the ideal one for you!|
What to ask before entering a shared flat in Lodz?
|Ask what the house rules are when it comes to cleanliness, visitors, hours, the possibility of smoking and having people over in the flat. These are the topics that generate the most discussions among colleagues and it is better to avoid them!|
How to choose ideal roommates in Lodz?
|Ideally, your lifestyle should be compatible with the rest of your roommates, even if they come from different nationalities. In this way the experience will be more fun, being able to share different activities and moments with them.|