If you are a bit overwhelmed by the thought of moving to Wroclaw on your own, without knowing any Polish, its culture or other students, it is recommendable to consider living in a shared flat. Regardless of whether you live with Polish roommates or other nationalities, when you arrive at an apartment where other students already live, you will be accompanied from the beginning of your experience. Also, if these people go to your same university, be it the University of Wroclaw or the Wroclaw University of Technology, they can surely help you with all the paperwork you have to do upon arrival.
Here are some pros and cons of living in shared flats:
Student life in this city generally revolves around the city centre and its surrounding neighbourhoods. Many of the shared flats are located in areas, such as the Stare Miasto, Szczepin and Przedmieście Oławskie neighbourhoods.
By saving on the cost of rent and bills you can spend more of your budget on nights out and various activities, the student life in Wroclaw is very lively!
You can choose to live in private shared apartments or in a residence, which in turn can be public or private.
This city receives the largest number of students in Poland every year. For this reason, the demand for shared flats is very high and there can be a lot of competition in the search. Start your search as far in advance as possible.
Student residences are sometimes not in the best condition, so you should pay close attention to the characteristics and images of the single rooms.
By accessing the Erasmus+ apps at your disposal, you will find a lot of useful information for your exchange, such as instructions for paperwork and advice from other young people. One of the recommendations that former students give the most is that you should take advantage of Wroclaw's location in Europe to travel a lot, not only to Poland but to Germany, Hungary or the Czech Republic.
If you decide to live in a shared flat you can befriend your flatmates as soon as you arrive in the city. Here are other ways you have to get in touch with other young people:
As in other European cities, the Erasmus Student Network is the one with the preferred associations for international young people in Wroclaw. You can join either ESN PWr (of the Polytechnic University of Wroclaw) or ESN UE Wroclaw (of the University of Economics and Business). With them, you will be able to meet young people from all over the world.
Join the Facebook groups of the ESN of your university, since there you will be able to view the calendar of activities and events that you can be part of. Some of these activities include city tours, theme parties, affordable trips to places like Bielawa, and even canoeing on the Odra River to enjoy the “Venice of the North” from the water.
You will surely find several WhatsApp groups you can join, both created by other students and by the ESN. Take the opportunity to meet other young people there, since it is common for international students with similar interests to connect there.
Here are some tips to make your experience in Wroclaw the best:
Does the Polish language put you off? Don't worry! English is commonly used for communication among students, so knowing English will be enough to communicate with others.
If you like to enjoy the outdoors and go for a walk, try to find accommodation that is close to the Odra River, so you can enjoy the walk along with it. Many students usually go there to play sports, have picnics or enjoy the tranquillity of the area.
|How much does a shared flat cost in Wroclaw?|
|The average cost of a spare room in a shared apartment is around €200 per month but can range from €130 onwards.|
|How to find roommates in Wroclaw?|
|We recommend that you do it in online communities such as Erasmus Play, in which you can also take the opportunity to rent your room in a shared flat or a complete apartment in which you look for your flatmates.|
|How to meet people in Wroclaw?|
|Many students from previous years say that one of the best options is to join the ESN of your university, which can be the ESN PWr or the ESN UE Wroclaw, for example. You can also use the Facebook and WhatsApp groups that you have at your disposal.|
|Why share a student flat in Wroclaw?|
|One of the reasons why it is convenient to live in a shared flat is to avoid loneliness when you arrive in the city, being able to befriend your flatmates as soon as you arrive. In addition, it allows you to save on rental costs, so you will have a greater part of your budget to fund other activities and trips to other cities.|
|What to ask before entering a shared flat in Wroclaw?|
|You have to ask what the basic rules of the apartment are to know what coexistence is like. For example, you have to know how the cleaning schedule is done, if it is possible to receive visitors or have parties, smoke inside the apartment, and what are the hours to respect so as not to bother each other.|