Great student hangouts in Krakow
Krakow is the second biggest city in Poland and also the second biggest city when it comes to the number of students living and studying here. Maybe it’s hard to believe, but students make up around 20% of all the people who live in Krakow. This is the main reason for the city being so energetic and full of friendly English speakers. Night life is in demand all year round and there are dozens of great student hangouts where you can meet literally everybody, not only students of various Krakow universities. By the way, brace yourself, because there are 12 state universities and academies just in the city of Krakow!
Probably the most famous student place in Krakow is the so called student town of the Academy of Science and Technology (AGH). It’s a small neighborhood inhabited only by the students of AGH. They have their own regulations, for example, the students can organize a barbecue or a picnic in the premises, they can also consume alcoholic drinks, which is forbidden on Polish streets generally. The place has its own groove and feeling. Definitely something worth checking out, you are going to make new friends there for sure!
There are many nice places to go in Krakow but a couple of them are both very popular and with an interesting history and background. One of them is the Forum club & cafe, by the Vistula River, on the other side of the Church on the Rock, with a great view of the Wawel Castle and the river. They also have a beach where you can play volleyball. Although swimming in the river is forbidden, you can sunbathe and chill out with a cold drink there. Forum was once a fancy hotel built in the communist times and then closed. The building used to haunt both locals and guests until the club was opened.
Another great place worth checking out is the bar & restaurant & fun complex at Dolnych Mlynow Street., quite close to the main square of Krakow. It’s a brand new place where anyone can find something interesting. It is located in a former tobacco factory. Closed some time ago, it now serves as an amusement center for both students and guests. They also have the summer cinema going on there every year. Check it out and make new acquaintances in our beautiful city!
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