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Moving to Krakow, what can I afford for $2k per month apartment plus utilities?

1 Feb 2014 #1
My company has asked me an my wife to move to Krakow for 2yr stint. They are offering $2000/month for housing my current salary $130k/yr plus perks. What can I afford for $2k per month apartment plus utilities
Maluch 30 | 95
1 Feb 2014 #2
not bad.. what kind of work do you do?

$2000 = 6000zlotych will get you an amazing flat right near the main square... i saw a great one for half that price with a jacuzzi, 70m2 pimped out

you will have a Lot of choice at that price range!! your biggest problem will be picking which amazing place you want to live in :)
OP jjajja
1 Feb 2014 #3
Thank you for the reply - I work for a financial service company
Monitor 14 | 1,820
2 Feb 2014 #4
my current salary $130k/yr plus perks.

Nobody is earning so much in Poland :) At least not as employee.
Dont gag me yo 7 | 156
2 Feb 2014 #5
You will be surprised,plenty making that money in rents alone
jpalcan - | 5
2 Oct 2017 #6

Finding a place in Krakow


How easy is it to get a place in Krakows? And how affordable is it?
Ziemowit 13 | 4,347
2 Oct 2017 #7
There is no such town as 'Krakows' in Poland, so it is going to be hard to get a place there.
DominicB - | 2,709
2 Oct 2017 #8

Difficult without the help of an OLDER, experienced Polish colleague or friend. Extremely difficult if you try to do it from outside of the country.

And how affordable is it?

A modest, but decent one-bedroom apartment in a decent neighborhood will cost you 2200 to 2700 PLN a month all inclusive (rent, administration fees, and all utilities except phone/TV/internet).
SigSauer 4 | 397
2 Oct 2017 #9
The OP posted this in 2014. I'm sure he's returned to his country of register by now.
jpalcan - | 5
2 Oct 2017 #10
Well, the same problem in Portugal. Hard! And I am older looking to get a job! So here there is no messing around. Is there a deposit or security deposit involved in Krakow?
DominicB - | 2,709
3 Oct 2017 #11

Yes. generally one month's rent.
jpalcan - | 5
3 Oct 2017 #12
Are these site OK? I notice that they are in Polish. - -
DominicB - | 2,709
3 Oct 2017 #13

Yes, they are good. But remember that the prices advertised are not all inclusive, and don't include administration fees and utilities. Also, good deals go very, very fast, so if you are not in the city, you won't be able to take advantage of them. Plan on spending 2000 to 2500 all inclusive for a one bedroom (2-pokojowe) apartment in most of the larger cities, and a bit more in Warsaw. Studio apartments are in great demand and go very fast, especially at this time of the year. In fact, this is the worst time of the year to be looking for an apartment because desperate students are scrambling for anything worthwhile right now.

Really, do enlist the help of an OLDER, experienced Polish colleague or friend. They know what to look for, and can negotiate the price. It will save you a whole heap of time and trouble.
doudou - | 1
10 Oct 2017 #14
Don't worry about the money, the two grand will be enough. I expect that your biggest obstacle will be finding a place that suits you. Unfortunately, most apartments in PL are under 75 meters, which is considered a large flat. Also, don't be surprised to find that the place available for rent has not even been cleaned up by the owners. And if you ask about a new door lock to be installed, they will roll their eyes and likely say that it's not a problem if you pay for it.

Best of luck!

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