Study, work and live in Warsaw

Warsaw is the capital of Poland and at the same time the largest Polish city. It is situated along both banks of the Vistula river. The city has excellent transport access to the entire world. You can come here by plane, train, bus or a car.

Students' parade - smiling people with EU flag

Warsaw your place

Warsaw is green, accessible, comfortable and modern. It is an extraordinary city which has a lot to offer to both those who come here as tourists and to those who think about staying here for some time, studying, working in a company or opening a new business. Everyone is welcome, because Warsaw is a city for everyone.

It is one of the greenest European capitals. Green areas account for nearly a half of the total area of the city and Warsaw is the only capital in Europe which can boast a national park (Kampinoski National Park) adjacent to the city.

Warsaw residents are open-minded, hospitable, curious about the world and friendly.

Warsaw University Library building with people in front

The best place to study

Warsaw is one of the largest academic centers in Europe. A nearly a quarter million people study in the Polish capital.

There are 68 state universities and non-public higher-education institutions in Warsaw, including specialist schools, such as art, medical, teacher training or agricultural schools. Warsaw universities offer nearly all course programmes, from administration and archeology, through economics, finance, computer studies, law, psychology and management.

Warsaw-based higher-education institutions belong to the most prestigious establishments of this type in Poland. According to the Oxford Economics on of the most significant asset of Warsaw is its well-educated workforce, with 62% of workers educated to degree level (while the European city average is 42%).

The capital city is a perfect place to study also for several other reasons.

  • It is a significant job market, which means that it is relatively easy for university students to find additional employment.
  • As Polish higher-education institutions adopted the Bologna system, many students were given a possibility to pursue interesting career opportunities after three years of their university education.
  • The job market in Warsaw provides numerous professional development opportunities for university graduates.
  • The city’s rich cultural, entertainment, and restaurant proposal, which is largely addressed to students, makes studying in Warsaw a fantastic adventure.
  • Warsaw higher-education institutions are open to foreign students. Warsaw universities also house international student organisations and associations, e.g. AIESEC which support students in discovering their own potential, developing their passions, and in integrating.

Some universities, both public and privates, provide studies in english language such as Archaeology, Data science and business analytics, European politics and economics, Finance, International investment and accounting, Political science, Machine learning, Food systems, Chemistry, Aerospace engineering.  

Examples:

Copernicus Science Centre at night with people on sunbeds
 

The best place to work

For years, the capital has maintained its position as an attractive city for global businesses. Companies that have already invested here are among others Goldman Sachs, BNP Paribas or JP Morgan and currently more than 30 companies from the Fortune Global 500 list have their business service centers in the capital.

Investors already present in the city emphasize that Warsaw is not only a place worth locating due to its location, but above all because of the entire innovation ecosystem in place, i.e. international companies, prospective start-ups, very good universities, access to talent pool, support institutions, accelerators or funds.

One of many great qualities that Warsaw has to offer is the space that it creates for all those who strive to act and develop: from multinational businesses to start-up initiatives. Warsaw supports young innovative companies and projects. It arranges city business centers and facilitates business contacts.

Warsaw has an abundance of modern, high quality office space. More than 6 million square meters of floor area is available in the city, in buildings less than a year old that all meet class A standards. The newly emerging Warsaw offices are distinguished on a European scale by their modernity - flexible arrangement of space, adapted to the needs of a new generation of employees, and BREEAM and LEED certificates are standard.

Warsaw is in the same time zone as most European countries, which makes online communication easy and effective, and the location in the center of Europe facilitates direct contact with foreign customers.

To find a job in Poland, the best thing to do is to check job ads posted on websites. While looking for a job (with a Polish work permit), you can also use employment agency services. Job advertisements can also be found in social media.

Non-governmental organisations supporting foreigners in settling in Poland are also an excellent source of information.

Anyone wishing to start a company in Warsaw may use the information on: www.biznes.gov.pl/en. The objective of the website is to help arrange matters related to starting and running business activities, and to simplify formal arrangements required to start and run a company. The website also serves as a search engine of contact details of all institutions providing services to entrepreneurs, provides practical guidelines on how to succeed in business, and allows the arrangement of administrative matters via electronic means of communication.

Multimedia Fountain Park in Warsaw with people around it

The best place to live

A high standard of living, a friendly, inspiring atmosphere and a wide cultural offer of the city, combined with one of the highest densities of green areas among European capitals or a location conducive to travel in the most exciting directions – all this means that our residents maintain a healthy balance of life and work, which is conducive to creativity and the unique Warsaw’s energy.

Moving around the city

The public transport system is a true pride of Warsaw. In recent years, the underground rail system has been experiencing rapid development. The city is covered by an intricate network of bus routes, and a well-developed tram network, which cannot be found in any other European capital. Warsaw is also a leader in the use of ecological drives in city buses, including electric, hybrid and gas buses.

Public bicycles are available 24/7, for 9 months during the year – from March till November. Rental of mopeds and electric scooters is also gaining popularity. The network of cycle paths is continuously extending. Cyclists can currently use around 720 kilometres of bicycle routes.

Culture & events

Warsaw is a city full of attractions. You will find the atmospheric Old Town, magnificent royal palaces, museums that tell the history of Warsaw and Poland, and the bustling boulevards on the Vistula river.

As the capital, Warsaw has many attractions related to history and culture. There are almost 100 museums and art galleries, above 30 cinemas (including many cinemas with several or over ten screen rooms), 37 theatres and music institutions in Warsaw. The calendar of artistic and cultural events in Warsaw is very extensive. Festivals, star concerts, and open-air exhibitions are organised all year round.

Sport

Warsaw residents run, cycle, rollerblade, and are increasingly interested in nordic walking. Apart from that the city offers 56 water parks, 16 ice rinks, 6 public beaches upon the Vistula river, and above 300 outdoor gyms in Warsaw.

Nightlife

A whole array of places awaits you, such as the popular clubs at Plac Zbawiciela or the hot bars and clubs by the Vistula river, where the nightlife gets going in the summertime. If you want to party, check out the party zone on Parkingowa, Nowogrodzka and Mazowiecka Streets. If you want to see the city’s skyline from a top floor, no problem. There are clubs with such panoramic views.

Food

Warsaw is the culinary capital of Poland. There are plenty of elegant restaurants listed in the Michelin guide, atmospheric pubs for meetings with friends, casual milk bars and outdoor breakfast markets. Apart from regional restaurants offering local Polish dishes, you can find food from all over the world, including vegetarian and vegan.

There are over 3500 restaurants in the city with fast food chains as well as independent slow food restaurants.

Shopping

You can spend long hours in Warsaw-based shopping centers. In addition to popular Polish and international brands, high-fashion boutiques also have found their place there.

Open-air markets are the next characteristic points of the city’s landscape, where you can buy not only food, but also cosmetics, clothing, or cleaning products. In addition, weekend open-air markets are also operating in Warsaw, including flea markets or swap meets, for example a photography swap meet or a skiing swap meet (only in the autumn and winter season).

Cost of living

Compared with other European capital cities, the cost of living in Warsaw is relatively low. A monthly travel card for all means of municipal public transport, covering the entire city area and neighbouring towns (Zones 1 and 2) costs PLN 180 (EUR 40). Holders of Warsaw resident cards, available to all those registered for residence in Warsaw, pay less - around PLN 100 (EUR 22). A cinema ticket costs around PLN 40 (EUR 9), and a theatre ticket is approximately PLN 100 (EUR 23). The price for an hour of fun at the trampoline park is PLN 30 (EUR 6.5), and a monthly pass to a fitness club or gym, with unlimited access, is at least PLN 100 (EUR 23).

Health

There are 58 hospitals operating in Warsaw. The Polish healthcare system is based on an insurance model. This means that patients are required to have health insurance to receive medical assistance in a public healthcare institution (also in an emergency department). There are some exceptions to the rule, for example holders of Pole’s card may receive emergency medical aid free-of-charge. People running business activities are obliged to register for health insurance independently.

Foreigners also have a possibility to purchase voluntary health insurance coverage for themselves and their family members, or use the services of insurance companies. EU citizens may use Polish healthcare services on the same principles as Polish nationals, if they are covered by health insurance in their countries of origin. Foreigners from countries outside the EU may purchase such insurance in Poland on a voluntary basis. Foreigners may also use private healthcare services, including numerous private outpatient clinics and hospitals located in Warsaw.

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