Living in Rzeszów

RZESZOW

GENERAL INFORMATION

Rzeszow, the capital city and the largest city of Podkarpackie Province, is an economic, scientific and cultural centre of south-east Poland. The eldest written record of Rzeszow dates back to 1354 when the town joined the group of other Polish cities and gained a set of town privileges of Magdeburg rights. Back then it had a parish church – the religious centre within a territorial unit – a market and a cemetery, covering the total area of 1.5 km2. Today, with the area of 116.32 km² and the population exceeding 187,000 people, it is one of the biggest municipalities in the region.

THE CITY 

Rzeszow is a city of dynamical expansion, technological development and economic growth. It is recognized as an academic centre in Poland, with 60,000 students acquiring their education in a number of public and private universities. The results of the recent survey carried out by Eurostat show that Rzeszow is the leading city in Europe in terms of the number of students, as there are 353 students per each 1,000 residents. Rzeszow is also considered to be one of the safest places to live in Poland. In the Second National Congress of Regions (2011), Rzeszow took the second place in the ranking of the most attractive cities for business (in the category of 150,000 – 300,000 inhabitants) conducted by Forbes magazine.
Rzeszow has been ranked one of the top cities in the country in the   following categories:
  • European City
  • Top Local Government
  • Most attractive city for business
  • Most attractive city for foreign investors
  • The safest city in Poland
  • Fair Play city

LOCATION 

Rzeszow is a significant place on the map of Europe. The most attractive characteristic of Rzeszow is that it combines the small-town charm with the role of the economic and cultural centre of south-eastern Poland. It is situated on both banks of the Wislok river in the heart of the Sandomierz Basin, about 90 km away from the borders with Slovakia and Ukraine.
For many centuries this region has been at the crossroads of different cultures. Its location on the borderland contributes to the rich cultural heritage, combing the folk traditions and cultural elements of other nations.
Bieszczady, the main mountain range in this region, is not particularly high (Tarnica – the highest peak is 1,346 MASL), but it captivates with beautiful landscapes of rural scenes and wild secluded areas.
Because of its natural uniqueness, rich fauna and flora, large areas of the Podkarpackie region are national parks or nature reserves.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS CITY

During the academic year, hundreds of international students come to Rzeszow to study. This is the time when the atmosphere in the city becomes very special – all libraries, parks, the city centre are filled with students studying, talking to each other or just having fun. All guests feel at home. With the support of friends, group mates and teachers, the time spent at the university is full of joy and excitement.
As a popular international tourist destination, the city of Rzeszow has a lot of popular places of interest. As both a tourist and a student, you will need quite a lot of time to explore the length and breadth of Rzeszow: morning coffee with your friends in your favourite café, later on, an hour or so of walking down the streets of the old part of the city, or wandering through the rows of shops. Next stop – the latest hot music venue or an evening bike ride along the river side.

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRY

Rzeszow is the city of dynamic expansion, technological development and economic growth. It is the centre of the Aviation Valley – the largest industrial-technological cluster in Poland that comprises over 130 companies connected to the aviation industry. The main potential of the city is focused on creating favourable conditions for the development of aerospace industry in the region, further development of research, attracting new investors, as well as the transforming the south-east Poland to one of Europe’s leading aviation regions.
Today, one of the most important advantages of the city  is Rzeszow-Jasionka International Airport, with the second longest runway in Poland (3.2 km) where even the largest planes can land.
Moreover, there is a special economic zone Rzeszow-Dworzysko that was created in order to make even more favourable conditions for doing business.
There are more than 26,000 companies in the city supported by more than 800 financial institutions and business-related units. Other branches of businesses that has developed in Rzeszow are Electronics and Information Technology. The Schuman Foundation report listed Rzeszow the second city in Europe after Lisbon in terms of the demand for specialists.

HOW TO GET HERE

Whether travelling by air, rail or road, the University of information Technology and Management in Rzeszow is easily accessible.

AIR:

The closest airport is Rzeszow-Jasionka airport which provides regular flights to Bristol, Dublin, East Midlands, Munich, London, Manchester and Warsaw. You can fly directly to Jasionka from a few countries, e.g. the UK, the USA and Germany or make a short connecting flight from Warsaw (about 1h).

For more information go to: www.rzeszowairport.pl/en

RAIL:

Rail services operate from many cities, so you can fly to Warsaw and then catch a train  to Rzeszow. Approximate travelling times are:

Warsaw to Rzeszow – 5 h.

Cracow to Rzeszow -2 h

Check www.pkp.pl

EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Rzeszów boasts numerous cultural sites: cinemas (Helios, Multikino, Zorza), theatres, art and photo galleries, community centres and museums. This is the city of the World Festival of the Polish Folklore Ensembles, which unites people of different nations with great talents, unique ideas and viewpoints.
One of the most popular events in Rzeszow is the European Stadium of Culture. It has been carried out as a part of the Rise of Eastern Culture project, which is meant to enhance the cross-border promotion of culture, artistic and cultural exchange, and the mobility of artists and their works.
A lot of cultural and sports events, many of which are international, take place in the city and its surroundings: Carpathia, the international song festival well-known far beyond Polish boarders. Each year a lot of talented people from all over Europe are invited to take part in it. Another festival, the Lancut Music Festival, which hosts a series of modern and classical music concerts performed by distinguished European soloists, ensembles and choirs, has won remarkable acclaim. Last but not least, the World Festival of the Polish Folklore Ensembles, which unites the region with the Polonia around the world, is held once in three years.
History buffs should not miss a chance of visiting one of the city’s museums, i.a. the Regional Museum, Museum of Etnography,  Museum of Bedtime Cartoons, as well as some great monuments, i.a. the 14th century Fara Church with a free-standing bell tower, 15th century Town Hall, 16th century Lubomirski Castle, 17th century Monastery of the Bernardine, synagogues, and town houses in the Market Square or the Underground Tourist Route.

 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS [1]

 Market Square
The central square is the Old Town Square with the City Hall and a well built in the seventeenth century. The current market differs slightly from its original layout – only three frontages are filled with one or two-floor tenement houses re-built during the centuries. Hotels, restaurants, clubs, pubs, and museums are located inside.
The tenement house No.19 is the most interesting one. Pieces of the brick-stone walls and vaults as well as gothic ogival lintels discovered in the basement are exhibited as a part of the Underground Tourist Route.
A stage next to the City Hall hosts concerts of well-known artists and bands.

City hall
The most significant building in the Market Square is the City Hall situated on the corner of the west and north frontage. The origins of its creation date back to the end of the sixteenth century. It was built by Nicholas Spytko Ligęza probably before 1591. After being re-built a few times, the present edifice dates back to the turn of 19th and 20th century. The Gallery under the City Hall, where you can find remains of walls and lintels, is located in one of the cellars.
Underground Tourist Route “Rzeszów Cellars”
One of the most popular places in centre of the city is the underground tourist route situated under the heart of the city – the city market square. It took 17 years to fully complete the building of that underground labyrinth whose total length is 369 meters and which consists of 40 cellars. The cellars date from the fifteenth to twentieth century and are divided into three levels; the deepest one is nearly 10 meters below the city square – Rynek. If some visitors are keen on learning more about its history, they are offered a guided tour conducted in three languages.
Old Convent of Piarist Friars
The central place in the post-piarist complex is St. Cross Church built between 1644-1649 according to the project of Tylman Gameren. It is a single-nave temple with two towers in the facade and the chapel on the north side. Late Baroque decor, with stucco decorations by the design of John Ch. Falconi date back to 17th century.
Presently, the convent building houses the Regional Museum with a rich collection of pieces of art, artefacts, and craft exhibits.  In 1658 Piarist Friars established a convent college (presently Secondary School No.1). Priest
Stanisław Konarski, the school patron, taught there. Many graduates of the school played a significant role in the Polish history and culture. They included: Ignacy Łukasiewicz, Józef S. Pelczar, Wladyslaw Sikorski, Władysław Szafer or Julian Przyboś.

Lubomirski Castle
The construction of the castle was commenced in the late sixteenth century by the owner of the city – Mikołaj Spytko-Ligęza. In the 2nd half of 17th century the Lubomirski’s family extended the castle and surrounded it by a stone wall with bastions. The current castle is based on the reconstruction work at the turn of 19th and 20th century. The castle houses the District Court.
Lubomirski Summer Palace
The Palace was built according to the design of Tylman von Gameren in the mid-18th century, then rebuilt in 1904. The former summer residence of the Lubomirski’s family was renovated between 1981-1985. Since 2002 it has been leased by Rzeszow University.
Revolutionary Act Monument 
Revolutionary Act Monument, authorship of Marian Konieczny, built in 1974 is also called the Monument of Revolutionary Fights. It is dedicated to fights for freedom that took place in the Rzeszow area.

Round Footbridge
The only round footbridge in Europe is situated at the crossroad of Piłsudski and Grunwaldzka Street. Due to the shape and used building materials, it is believed to be the most interesting construction in this category. It looks particularly impressive at night.
Bernardine Monastery Complex 
The historical Bernardine Monastery with Holy Mary Assumption Church was built in the first half of 17th century. Initially it was a small wooden church dating back to 1536.
In the presbytery one can find tombs of the Ligęza family – the founders of the city. The Shrine of Our Lady of Rzeszow – a late gothic figure of the Virgin and Child was created in 1513.
In 2008 the monastery became Minor Basilica.

Rzeszow Multimedia Fountain
After an active day, you are invited to get relaxed and to enjoy the multimedia fountain, within a five-minute walk from the city centre. The main attraction of this complex of fountains is the water and light dance created by the streams of water, which perform their own show, with the water screen created by mist, lasers and three-dimensional presentations. The most popular and spectacular ones are shown on Saturday evenings.
Next to the fountain there is an amphitheatre, where you can sit and enjoy amazing art of music, light and water. The multimedia fountain is the best place to spend an evening after a long day of walking and photographing the city. On a hot day, most probably, you will not find a lot of people sitting and observing;  most children and even adults get fun becoming all soaked to the bone, dancing and playing under the streams of water.

Papal Park
It was founded as a commemoration of the visit of Pope John Paul II in Rzeszow in 1991.

HOLIDAYS

Polish culture is rich in traditions that have been an inherent part of everyday life of Polish people for centuries. Some holidays, customs, superstitions, rituals, and celebrations are popular among young people even today. Some are firmly rooted in the national religion, Catholicism, others stem from pagan rites of seasons.

Poland is a country of unique traditions and customs, especially when it comes to holidays. Easter is one of the most important holidays, along with Christmas, All Saints Day (1st November), and the Independence Day (11th November). There are a lot of things you will be surprised at when you have a chance to celebrate one of these holidays.  In Poland, most traditions are both symbolic and fun. Traditionally, people spend a long time preparing to celebrations. Seasonal markets and holiday fairs dedicated to different holidays and celebrations along with souvenir shops full of folk crafts and handmade art reflect Polish culture and hospitality to travellers and guests of the city.

STUDENTS FESTIVAL 

One of the best time in Rzeszow is spring time, at least for one reason, Juwenalia – Students Festival, which takes place in May or early June. These are the days when students literally get the “Key” to the city and celebrate the time taking part in colourful parades, concerts, contests, games, and parties. Juwenalia is an annually anticipated event which has its roots in medieval times. During the festival, the city is overrun by students celebrating before the summer exam session. Thanks to the large number of students, the time is especially lively.

WHY STUDY IN RZESZOW?

  • One of the safest cities in Poland.
  • Living expenses much lower than in other European cities.
  • Economic, scientific and cultural centre of South-East Poland.
  • Recognized and dynamically expanding city and academic centre in Poland.
  • Cultural sites – cinemas, theatres, art and photo galleries, community centres and museums.
  • Aviation Valley
  • Student’s city
  • Capital of Innovation
  • An alluring and dynamically expanding city full of young, resourceful people
  • One of the largest academic centres in Poland
  • Student’s Festival
Rzeszow [1](PLN) Kraków [2](PLN) Warsaw [3] (PLN) Lublin [4](PLN)
Accommodation
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 1,896 3,562 4,309 2,652
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,486 2,299 3,224 1,752
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 500 1,476 1,867 1,138
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas, etc.) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 190 313 198 268
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 55 39 46 42
Transportation
1 litre(1/4 gallon) of gas 5.23 4.34 4.55 5.48
Monthly ticket public transport 84 89 111 74
Taxi fare on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 28 26 27 31
Food
1 litre (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2.64 2.76 2.77 2.71
12 eggs, large 5.90 8 9 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4.83 4.88 6 5.78
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.17 2.28 2.65 2.42
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in a neighbourhood restaurant 44 53 79 60
2 tickets to the movies 38 47 54 40
1 cocktail drink in a city centre club 16 22 25 15
Cappuccino 8 11 12 11
1 beer in a neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 6 8 9 5.95

[1] https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/rzeszow

[2] https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/krakow

[3] https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/warsaw

[4] https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/lublin

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