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ŁÓDŹ - USEFUL INFORMATION

Faculty of Economics and Sociology has been adjusted to the needs of disabled students and academics. Currently our students can use lifts for disabled available in all buildings. The entrance to our main building, as well as to other buildings is equipped with an access for wheelchairs.

The Faculty has also toilets for disabled as well as three special rooms for them.

Our parking as four parking places for disabled only.

The students from non-EU/EEA countries need to buy health insurance in their home country, before coming to Poland. According to state health regulations, foreigners have to pay for a medical consultation (EU/EEA citizens are an exception). For more information look on the website: www.nfz.gov.pl 

When the medical care is necessary, a student from EU member country, who stays in Poland temporary, is entitled to free health care with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) issued in his/her country. The student is required to present this document along with official identification card directly to health care provider.

National Health Fund
58 Kopcińskiego Street
90-032 Łódź
Phone: +48 42 275 4003

Health Care Team for Higher Education in Lodz - `Palma`
15 Lumumby Stree
t
91-404 Łódź
Phone: +48 42 632 81 81      

A person, who prefers using the private health service, can look for a specialist in a local newspaper listing or a directory. The cost of one visit is around 100 zł. A pharmacy (apteka in Polish) is a place where you can buy medications. For some you will need a prescription from the doctor.

By plane:

By train:

Lodz currently has four railway stations: Łódź Widzew situated in the East of town, Łódź Chojny in the South, Łódź Żabieniec in the North, and the current main station Łódź Kaliska in the Central-West part of the city.
Timetable of trains: www.pkp.pl

By inter-city bus:

Łódź Kaliska Bus Station. Timetable of buses: www.pks.lodz.pl

Polish currency is the złoty (code: PLN), divided into 100 groszy. Probably you will need zlotys for some cash payments. To get cash there are a few options: you can withdraw zlotys from the ATM`s (a lot in the town, they feature English and certain other languages), you can exchange money in a bank (a lot in the town), or use an exchange office called kantor (several in Piotrkowska and Narutowicza streets). A kantor is perhaps the best option: it may offer a discount when you exchange a large sum of money. Paying with bank cards, or credit cards, is popular in the city: however, not every shop accepts this, and there is often a limit such as 5, 15 or 20 PLN, below which you are obtained to pay in cash. Pay pass is becoming increasingly popular. Cheques are rarely used. Don`t try to pay in small shops, public toilets, newsagents for the small shopping by the notes of 100 & 200zł. They will refuse to give you change from the large note. For moments like that is better to carry small change. Notes are in denominations of 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 zlotys, and there are 1, 2 and 5 zloty coins. One złoty equals 100 groszy, which are in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 groszy coins. Currency can be exchanged anywhere with the name of the place saying `Kantor` and you can withdraw local currency at ATMs. Note: for obvious reasons avoid Kantors at the airports, bus and railway stations and those, which are close to the tourist sights).

For European habitants life in Łódź is not so expensive. Examples of prices:

What?

Price

Spring water

3 zł

Loaf of bread

2 zł

Bottle of milk

2,50 zł

1kg of cheese

20 zł

Painkiller (pack of pils)

5-10 zł

Taxi ride from suburbs to centre (during the day)

30-40 zł

Book

40 zł

CD

20-60 zł

 

Shopping

From Monday to Friday usually you can shop in grocery stores from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Some shops are open at a later hour, till 11 p.m. (e.g.Żabka). On Saturdays many shops are open between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Some small local shops may be open on Sundays as well. Gas stations (e.g. Orlen, BP, Lukoil, Statoil) are open 24/7. The large chain supermarkets like Tesco, Real, and Carrefour. They are open every day from 8 a.m. till 10 p.m. and they offer reasonable prices. A very popular place for shopping is Bałucki Rynek, a large stall market in the northern part of Lodz where you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables at very low prices. For other, bigger shopping needs, there are three major shopping centers in the city – Manufaktura, Galeria Łódzka and Port Łódź. For shopping at night there are two large supermarkets (Tesco`s), several pharmacies (eg. in 55 Narutowicza Street), and a number of store-equipped filling stations in the town, which are open 24/7.

Pubs, cafes and restaurants:

Night life in Łódź is concentrated mainly along Piotrkowska Street - main avenue in the centre part of the city. You can find here lots of pubs, restaurants, clubs and cafes. Łódź Kaliska, Lizard King (mainly with rock music), Klub Czekolada (popular with university students and disco fans), Peron 6 and Piwoteka (serving more than 160 brands of beer), Irish Pub, Bagdad Cafe and Rolling Stone are among the most popular. Nowadays very popular is a complex called OFF Piotrkowska at 138/140 Piotrkowska Street with pubs, clubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, galleries, artist`s studios and more - you have a large range of choice and lots of possibilities there.

One word, which can describe polish weather: Cool. During the statistically average day is around 10°C with cloudy skies, and a little drizzle. January in Łódź is usually the coldest month: -2,5°C monthly average, but -15°C is not rare. The warmest one is July with +18°C monthly average, but +30°C also happen. An average Winter allows skiing with excellent aura in the mountains, and an average Summer is a mix of heat waves and heavy rain.

Basic Pronunciation:

‘ą’ sounds like ‘on’
‘ę’ sounds like ‘en’
‘ó’ is an open ‘o’ sound like ‘oo’ in ‘boot’
‘c’ like the ‘ts’ in ‘bits’‘
`j` like the ‘y’ in ‘yeah’
‘w’ is pronounced like the English ‘v’
‘ł’ like the ‘w’ in ‘win’
‘ń’ like the ‘ny’ in ‘canyon’
‘cz’ and ‘ć’ like the ‘ch’ in ‘beach’
‘dz’ like the ‘ds’ in ‘beds’
‘rz’ and ‘ż’ like the ‘su’ in ‘treasure’
‘sz’ and ‘ś’ like the ‘sh’ in ‘ship’
‘drz’ like the ‘g’ in ‘George’
`r` is always rolled

Useful words & phrases:

ENGLISH POLISH
 Good morning/afternoon  Dzień dobry
 Hello/Hi; also: Bye  Cześć
 Goodbye  Do widzenia
 Goodnight  Dobranoc
 How are you?  Jak się masz?
 I am sorry; also: Excuse me  Przepraszam
 Thank you / Thanks  Dziękuję /Dzięki
 Stop!  Stop!
 Please?Here you are  Proszę
 I know  Wiem
 I understand  Rozumiem
 Do you know?  Czy wiesz?
 I don`t know  Nie wiem
 I don`t understand  Nie rozumiem
 Yes  Tak
 No  Nie
 Why?  Dlaczego?
 When?  Kiedy?
 What?  Co?
 What is this?  Co to jest?
 How much is it?  Ile to kosztuje?
 Where? Gdzie? 
 How?  Jak?
 I don`t speak Polish  Nie mówię po polsku
 Do you speak English?  Mówisz po angielsku?
 Excuse me, Sir/Madam!  Proszę Pana/Pani!
 What is your name?  Jak masz na imię?
 My name is...  Mam na imię...
 I like you  Lubię cię
 I love you  Kocham cię
 Cheers  Na zdrowie
 Bon apetit  Smacznego
 1, 2, 3  jeden, dwa , trzy
 4, 5, 6  cztery, pięć, sześć
 7, 8, 9  siedem, osiem, dziewięć
 0, 10, 100  zero, dziesięć, sto
 Airport  Lotnisko
 Train station  Dworzec PKP
 Bus station  Dworzec PKS
 One ticket to...  Jeden bilet do...
 The bill, please  Rachunek poproszę


For more information go to: Guide for International Students, made by International Students Office.

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