FAQ for candidates moving to Warsaw

The following list is a work in progress, I will keep adding new content so stay tuned in!

  • How is it to live in Warsaw? Warsaw is the capital of Poland, its largest city, and a regional economic centre, with the population of about 1.8M. Warsaw is also a large academic centre, with several large universities and many research institutes of the state-sponsored Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN). Warsaw has a very well developed public transport system (metro, trams, buses, local trains). Warsaw has the highest proportion of foreign nationals among all Polish cities. The food is very good and diverse, ranging from typical central European cuisine to Middle/Far East. There is plenty of restaurants (including vegetarian/vegan), pubs, and cafes.
  • What is the currency? 1 PLN \approx 0.25 EUR, the exchange rate has been quite stable over the last 5 years.
  • Do I have to speak Polish? No, we speak English in the centre. Also most of Varsovians (especially the younger ones) speak English, although the level varies. If you face difficulties with practicalities such as renting a flat, we are happy to help.
  • How do I rent an apartment? DC Coordinator should be able to help you.
  • Do I need a visa/work permit? You may need a visa if you are from outside the EU. This depends on your country of origin.
  • Places of worship. Catholicism is the dominant religion in Poland. Most churches in Warsaw are Roman Catholic, but other denominations are also present. There are also mosques and synagogues.