How to Survive Your First Week in Poland?

Posted by PaulinaSpadlo | September 12, 2016

How to survive first week in Poland- (1)

Moving to a new country might be pretty stressful, especially when you have no idea what to expect from it. We will give you few hints on how to survive those first days in Warsaw when there is nobody to show you around.

  1. Get to know how transport works – the basic info you need to know when travelling to a foreign country
  2. Check out the most popular places at the beginning

We advise you to see some cheesy spots in the first place so you wouldn’t feel lost or alone in some boonies. Let’s start with basics, best place to hang out at the beginning is for example The Old Town district which is flooded with variable restaurants or pubs. Although most of the places offer expensive treats, you can find beer below 7 pln at pub “Same Fusy” or “Cafe Marcinek”.

old town

As well, in the warmer season you can enjoy pubs & clubs by the Vistula river. More info about it you can find here

  1. Where to eat?

If you are very tight on a budget, you should read this article

But if you would like to eat 3 course dinner in a restaurant for a very reasonable price of 20 – 25 pln, you should check out restaurants on lunch map of Warsaw. Beware that this option is available mostly from 12.00 – 16.00 o’clock.

  1. Learn few basic polish words

Yes, we know it is difficult but nothing is impossible. But the simple vocabulary can be useful since many polish people don’t speak english.

Hi – Cześć (cheshch)

Good morning – Dzień dobry (Jen-doh-bri)

Thank you – Dziękuję (Jen-koo-yeh)

Good – Dobrze (dopshyeh)

Shop – Sklep (sklep)



  1. Book your accommodation in advance

It can get pretty pricey to come without any booking and stay at random hotel, that’s why we advise you to make a reservation ahead.

  1. Make new friends

Exploring the city by yourself might be pretty boring so if you don’t have a roommate try meeting someone on student events. We also invite you to take part in Pepe Housing meetings for students about which you can get updates here


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