Wondering how to find accommodation in Krakow? Find out, in this article, all that you need to know on its rental market.
As the capital of the voivodship of Lesser Poland, Krakow is the major Pole city after Warsaw. Located in the South of the country, it is deemed to be the heart of the country, especially in cultural and scientific terms. Krakow thus attracts many expatriates every years thanks to its economic dynamism and the numerous professional opportunities it provides at all levels. So if you have also decided to relocate there, you should not have much trouble in finding accommodation thanks to its developed rental market. But take the time to inquire on its different neighborhoods beforehand.
The city consists of 18 districts which are named in Roman numerals. Some of these are hold a rich historical heritage while other host expatriate communities. Debniki, for instance, better known as District No. VIII, is especially popular with foreign students due to the presence of the Third Campus of the Jagiellonian University of Krakow, as well as other higher education institutions.
Podgorze, for its part, is a student, residential and industrial neighborhood. District No. XV, also known as Mistrzejowice, is a mainly residential area comprising many properties. Districts XV, XVI and XVII are administrative areas. Funally, Nowa Huta is Krakow's most dense neighborhood with more than 200,000 inhabitants coming from different backgrounds (workers, middle-class, executives, etc).
Given the city's great diversity, rent prices in Krakow usually vary from one neighborhood to another. Therefore, you are not likely to find housing with the same standards in all of these. You will thus need an average of 1,100 to 3,200 new zloty per month to rent a studio or an apartment around the city-center.
Note, on the other hand, that student housing is quite expensive in student areas. This is why many of them, especially foreign students, choose flat-sharing so as to reduce costs.
Like elsewhere in the country, you may start your housing search on the Internet and in classified ads in local newspapers. Consider registering with a real estate agency as well. However, make sure to set up your criteria according to your situation (student, limited budget, children's school fees, proximity with your workplace, facilities, etc.).
If you are not yet well-acquainted with Krakow, you might prefer short-term accommodation at the start. Once you have settled there, you may take the time to look for long-term housing by touring the different neighborhoods and inquiring with your surroundings. Word-of-mouth may definitely help if you have friends or contacts on the spot, especially in the case of students.