Crucial information

general information


Emergency: 112

Police: 997

Fire brigade: 998

Ambulance: 999

Useful phone numbers

+48 / 0048 - Poland area code
ASP Łódź International Office: +48 42 254 7403
ASP Łódź Student Dormitory: +48 42 655 3597
Taxi: 0800 400 400 (free), +48 42 6400 400

Important adresses

Strzemiński Academy of Art Łódź (ASP Łódź)
121 Wojska Polskiego St., 91-726 Łódź
tel. +48 42 2547 598,

ASP Łódź, Department of Visual Education
76/78 Franciszkańska St., 91-838 Łódź
tel. +48 42 6162 480

ASP Łódź Student Dormitory
42a Młynarska St., 91-838 Łódź
tel. +48 42 6553 597

Handy websites – ASP Łódź International Office – City of Łódź – Łódź, candidate for the European
Capital of Culture 2016 – Łódź Art Center – info about Łódź – info about Poland – travel & reservation – news from Poland – Erasmus Student Network – Łódź Airport – Polish Railway – Łódź Bus Station

Lodz's architecture


With population of 750,000, Łódź (pronounced ‘woodge’) is Poland’s third largest city. It is located in the centre of the country, which makes it a good point to start sightseeing Poland (see chapter Go & See). Łódź was chartered in 1423, and until the 19th century it remained a small country town. However, in the times of industrial revolution it rapidly grew into a great textile industry centre, earning the name of “Polish Manchester”. The city also used to be called “The Promised Land” as many immigrants from neighbouring countries made their fortunes here. Łódź soon became a place of coexistence for four cultures: Polish, German, Jewish and Russian, followed by four religions: Catholic, Lutheran, Judaic and Orthodox. The urban landscape, spotted by factories standing just next to industrialists’ residences, and cut by perpendicular street network, became the characteristic feature of Łódź, making it look different from other Polish cities. After Nazi Germany seized the city in 1939, the large Jewish population was closed in a ghetto and shared the tragic faith of the other Jewish communities of the Central-Eastern Europe. When Soviet forces entered
Łódź in 1945, the houses were intact, but the city lost half of its population and the multicultural charm. Nevertheless, Łódź remained the major textile industry centre of the country, and developed into Poland’s main fashion and film centre with internationally famous Film School and production studios. After the fall of Communism in 1989 Łódź lost its main export market in the Soviet Union and the industry fell into decline, resulting in serious social problems. Today the city looks forward to new challenges, developing modern branches of economy, building a completely new city district and competing for the title of Cultural Capital of Europe in 2016.

Currency & expences

Polish currency is złoty (abbreviated zł or PLN, pronounced like ‘zwoti’). You can find numerous exchange offices in Piotrkowska Street or Manufaktura shopping centre. Student’s monthly living cost is around 1000 zł.
The Dormitory costs about 400 zł per month. If you want to rent a room individually, the cost would be slightly higher. Exemplary food prices:
loaf of bread – 2 zł;
1 litre of milk – 2 zł;
1 kg of apples – 3 zł;
1 kg of chicken – 15 zł;
pizza in a pizzeria (for two) – 20-30 zł;
cup of coffee – 6-12 zł;
beer in a bar (0.5 l) – 5-10 zł;
cigarettes – 8-10 zł,
cinema ticket – 10-18 zł,
monthly gym ticket – 120 zł,
swimming pool entrance – 5-15 zł/h.

Currently 1 euro costs more less 4 zł.


Poland’s weather mixes influences of the oceanic and continental climate, so you’ll need all types of clothes throughout the year. In summer it can be torridly hot and dry (over +30°C), while in winter temperature may fall below -20°C and it can snow heavily. However, recent winters have been mostly mild (around 0°C) but cloudy, rainy and windy. Sometimes lack of sun during the short autumn and winter days can be depressing. But spring and sum-
mer are very pleasant, with blooming nature and long, bright days. But beware! After a hot day, a powerful thunderstorm, or even a tornado can happen.

Lodz's Manhattan


Except for Christmas and Easter holidays, you can laze around on the following days:
1 May – Labour Day
3 May – 1791 Constitution Day
June – Corpus Christi, depending on date of the Easter
15 Aug – Assumption of Mary
1 Nov – All Saints’ Day
11 Nov – 1918 Independence Day
In Poland we also celebrate the Women’s Day (8 Mar) and the Day of Education (14 Oct), but they are not official holidays.

Mobile phones

Best option for exchange students is a pre-paid card. You can buy and recharge your card in most stores and via internet. There are four mobile networks: PLUS, HEYAH (part of ERA network), ORANGE, PLAY.


Cześć - Hello
Dzień dobry - Good morning; good afternoon
Dobry wieczór - Good evening
Do widzenia - Goodbye
Na razie / nara - See you later
Przepraszam - I’m sorry; excuse me
Dziękuję / dzięki! - thank you / thanks!
Tak - yes
Nie - no

Polish grammar and sounds (PDF from Univ. of Pittsburgh)
Basic Polish phrases

If you´d like to learn Polish, contact the University of Łódź. More information coming soon)...


Industrial landscape of Lodz

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