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Visa and residence permit
Citizens of non-EU countries ― before arriving in Poland a student should obtain a polish visa at the Polish Embassy in one’s country. In order to extend your stay in Poland, apply for the issue of a temporary residence card 45 days before the visa expiry date.
Citizens of the European Union who enter Poland without a visa may stay on the Polish territory without the need to legalize their residence for the period of 3 months. If their stay continues for more than 3 months, they are obliged to register their residence.
Registering the residence of EU citizens:
Initiating the administrative proceedings: an application for registering the residence with enclosures.
Location: the customer service hall of the Department for Foreigner Issues (room 1)
Pomorski Urząd Wojewódzki w Gdańsku
ul. Okopowa 21/27
Subject and fee: no fees are due for the issue or exchange of a certificate of residence registration.
Customer service hours at the Department for Foreigner Issues:
- Monday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Tuesday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Wednesday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Thursday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fill your application for registering the residence at the latest upon the expiry of the 3-month period since entering the territory of the Republic of Poland.
Submit your application personally. This obligation does not apply to minor applicants.
- An EU citizen means a foreigner who is:
- a citizen of a member state of the EU,
- a citizen of a member state of EFTA ― a party of the EEA agreement,
- a citizen of the Swiss Confederation.
- An application for registering residence should be completed in Polish.
- Display a valid travel document while submitting your application for registering residence. An EU citizen may display another valid document that confirms the identity and citizenship. If you cannot display a travel document or another document that confirms the identity and citizenship, you may submit evidence, other than an official document, which enables to confirm the identity and EU citizenship beyond doubt.
- An EU citizen whose residence has been registered is issued a certificate of residence for EU citizens.
- A certificate of residence registration should be exchanged if:
- any data included in the certificate change
- it is destroyed
- A new certificate of residence registration is issued in case of losing the certificate.
- A certificate of residence registration is replaced or a new certificate is issued immediately upon request of an EU citizen.
- An authority competent with regard to the registration of residence, the replacement or issue of a registration certificate for EU citizen is a voivode (governor) competent due to the place of residence of an EU citizen.
- The failure to fulfil the obligation to register residence in the territory of the Republic of Poland is subject to fine.
- Any documents in a foreign language and used in the residence registration procedure should be submitted together with the Polish translation made by a sworn translator.
- Photocopies of documents used as evidence in the residence registration procedure should be certified as conforming to the original by an authorised person (an officer at the Department for Foreigner Issues, a notary public or a legal advisor, an attorney, a patent agent or a tax advisor representing an applicant).
- In the course of the administrative proceedings, an EU citizen may be requested to come to the office personally in order to explain any circumstances necessary for taking a decision and may be obliged to submit documents other than listed here, in order to enable an administration officer to clarify an issue and take a decision taking account of the social needs and the reasonable interests of a party.
- To facilitate customer service and minimise the waiting time, applicants are requested to fill in applications legibly and completely and to prepare a number of enclosure copies according to the list available on this website.
- Upon submitting an application, a foreigner is issued a relevant confirmation that describes a type of an application submitted, a date of submission and a name as well as a signature of an officer who receives an application. The confirmation is of informative nature and does not constitute evidence of submitting complete documents. An officer is obliged to receive every application, even if it has any formal defects.
Insurance and medical service
EU citizens ― persons who reside on the territory of Poland temporarily are entitled to use free medical services pursuant to the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). However, it is advisable to take out a separate accident insurance. National Health Fund: www.ekuz.nfz.gov.pl
Non-EU citizens ― Before coming to Poland, every student should arrange health insurance (e.g. Euro26 or Isic). According to domestic regulations concerning medical care, citizens from outside EU are obliged to bear the costs related to medical services. Such costs are later covered by their insurers.
The dormitory of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk is located in the English House, Chlebnicka street. Although we have small number of rooms there, we will let you know if there is any place available for our incoming students.
Alternatively – each year our incoming students rent private rooms or flats in Gdańsk. To do so, it might be good to come here before our semester starts, and check in in some hostel for the first few days to look for a suitable accommodation.
We advise you to ask your Buddy to help you find the accommodation.
Here are some websites with offers of apartments to rent:
- Advertisements published directly by the owners and real estate offices:
- Real estate offices with english websites:
Costs of living
A feasible monthly budget:
- dinner in a touristic canteen 10-20 PLN
- dinner in a restaurant from 25-40 PLN
- home-made meals 10-20 PLN per day
- student hostel about 400 PLN
- local train service – an SKM Gdańsk – Sopot 3 PLN
- train ticket: (Gdańsk – Warszawa) 55 PLN; (Gdańsk – Kraków) 65 PLN
- bus or tram ticket 1,80 PLN
- one-day travel card 4,50 PLN
- toothpaste 3-8 PLN
- shampoo 5-10 PLN
- soap 1-2 PLN
- washing powder 3-20 PLN
Restaurants and pubs
ZTM – (bus, tram)
Check schedule on: www.ztm.gda.pl/en
Single fare ZTM tickets price list:
|Single fare tickets:||full fare [PLN]||reduce fare [PLN]|
|1. Single journey on one bus or one tram only|
|a) standard services||3,20||1,60|
|b) night, fast, and special services||4,20||2,10|
|2. Time tickets|
|a) up to 60 minutes on standard service||3,80||1,90|
|b) up to 60 minutes on night, fast, and special services||4,80||2,40|
|c) up to 24 hours on all services||13,00||6,50|
Single journey tickets entitle the bearer to a single journey on one bus or one tram only. These tickets are valid from the time of validation until leaving the vehicle. The tickets should be validated immediately on boarding the vehicle.
Time tickets – depending on their nominal value – entitle to many journeys during 1 hour or 24 hours with as many changes as required. During the first journey the ticket should be validated immediately on boarding the vehicle. From this time on, the ticket is valid for the time indicated by its nominal value.
Attention! Ticket prices for fast services (marked with the letter "A") and night services (marked with the letter "N" and a number, e.g. N0, N1) are higher than those on regular services.
If you would like to issue a season ticket AKA city card visit www.ztm.gda.pl/en/index.php/ztm/more/city_card to find out about the procedure, prices and where is a nearest Customer Service point.
SKM (by SKM you can get to Sopot and Gdynia)
Check schedule and tickets prices on: www.skm.pkp.pl/en/
Prices of tickets depend on the distance – how far would you like to go?
Also, it is very handy to download an app on your smartphone: trojmiasto.jakdojade.pl/?locale=en. It shows you what is the best connection to your place of destination, when using a public transport. It’s interface is available in English and it works for all bigger cities in Poland.
An app called Uber is also working well in Poland.
PRESS ‘BUY PAPER TICKET’ BUTTON ON THE TOUCH SCREEN
CHOOSE THE TICKET TYPE ON THE TOUCH SCREEN (FOLLOW THE INFORMATION DISPLAYED ON THE SCREEN)
PAY CASH OR BY CREDIT/ DEBIT CARD
COLLECT YOUR TICKETS, RECEIPT (IF REQUIRED) AND CHANGE