Hello everyone, I have just moved in and I feel I made a big mistake :( My mind is filled with concerns and I would hope you could clarify some things for me.
I am going to earn about 4700 zl per month after tax. The only apartment I have found is about 2600 zl per month including the payments, though I haven't signed a contract yet (Could I cancel it?).This leaves me with 2100 zl per month...are they enough for a decent life here in Krakow? Could I make it on my own?
Also my apartment has advance payments for water and gas but I was told that it depends on the meters. How much do they cost in the end?
Thank you and I'm sorry for the long post.
Ok so I am sure people will start to scream at you that you can't live off 2100 pln.
The fact is that you can, and many many people do but, don't expect a decent standard of living you will be budgeting every single day and you will have to watch your pennies hard.
If this is not the life you want then move on but I for 2 years from a similar amount and it didn't kill me.
I was living off 4000 zl netto in Warsaw when I had my previous job, and it amounted to 1500 zl per month after rent and utilities. I had to use my savings if I wanted to buy anything in addition to groceries, such as clothes, furniture, electronics... So in Krakow it definitely is possible, but you will need to use your savings if you want to eat out in restaurants or buy anything extra.
After 6 months of living like that I decided that it was enough, and started looking for new jobs, and within 2 weeks of searching I landed my current job that pays me 14-18K zl brutto per month, depending on my results (bonuses vary each month). Now I find life in here extremely comfortable, and I still end up saving around 6000 zl per month even after upgrading to a better apartment and eating out multiple times per week.
Finding a new job in Poland as a foreigner is way easier once you already are in here, and the opportunities are endless. I came here without any special skills, with a business degree from a Scandinavian university, no work experience, non-existant polish language skills. In the 2 weeks I was actively searching for jobs, I got into 6 interviews out of which 5 offered me the position. Being fluent in a language that isn't English or another Eastern European language can really make you wanted in the job market in Poland.