One of the most 'up and coming' cities in Europe, Lodz has thrown of the shackles of its post-war doom and gloom and is steadily transforming itself into a cultural and business powerhouse. Developers have taken back the city as it were and derelict houses and warehouses have been transformed into trendy lofts and apartments, textile mills tuned into wonderful areas teeming with bars and restaurants. The time is now to rent and apartment in Lodz and with prices still low – you should strike while the iron is hot! Apartments in Lodz, although increasing in price are still way below the average of Warsaw and you can live a very nice quality of life here for a smaller amount of money.
Apartments in Lodz by District
There are many different vibes and flavors to be seen and explored in Lodz and this is true when it comes to finding housing. The Downtown area of the city experiences a lot of footfall and is the most touristy area of the city. However, when we say touristy, don't expect the same levels as you would find in Venice or Paris. Tourism is steadily growing and there is a good amount of activity here without it being too overwhelming. Another popular place to stay in is the old Jewish Ghetto – with architecture and streets filled with history as well as some charming and affordable apartments. If you are a nature lover, then Baluty might be just perfect for you, with an abundance of parks and Lagiewnicki Forest nearby, there are lots of opportunities to get out of your apartment and explore the hiking and biking trails.
Although small compared to larger old towns such as Krakow, Lodz's Stare Miasto retains so much old-world charm that you will be enchanted right away. Stare Miasto apartments are often found in wonderfully old and historic buildings, down small cobbled streets, the European city dream. As this area experiences a relatively heavy footfall for the quieter city of Lodz, there is also a lot to see and do around here, especially where cafes and restaurants are concerned. Apartments in Stare Miasto are expectedly more expensive than other places in the city – but still cheaper compared to countrywide standards – and if you have the chance to live in a historic old town...why not take it!
Found a little outside the city centre – Wschod has been a wealthier part of Lodz for a while now. Apartments in Wschod are grander than in the city – as they simply have more room. The boulevards are wider and leafier – and it is seen as a more middle class, family friendly area than anything else. It is primarily residential and as such you will have to commute to the city center to find good restaurants and any nightlife. Because of its family friendly feel but proximity to the city, prices are relatively high for Lodz here, but it does act as the perfect compromise.
If you are looking to rent an apartment in Radogoszcz then be aware that it is outside of the city and more of a small suburb. If you are looking for a bit of peace and quiet – and a house rather than an apartment that this may be the place for you. Prices understandably will be a lot lower than in the city itself, and it may be worth buying a car rather than relying on the bus network to get you into Lodz itself. Nevertheless, the Polish countryside is beautiful and renting an apartment in Radogoszcz will have you removed from city life if that is what you are looking for.
Student Accomodation Lodz
If you would prefer not to stay on campus during your time studying in Lodz, there are plenty of alternatives throughout the city. There are studio apartments around the Stare Miasto area that can rent for as little as $400 a month, however the majority of student life is based around the two districts Radiostacja and Lumumbowo. As there is already a collection of students living here there is a whole host of affordable accommodation as well as a laid-back feel to the area, with some good bars – and the center of Lodz is just a small walk or bike ride away.
Public Transport Lodz
Lodz like most of Poland has a well organized and efficient bus and tram system that services the city. The tram runs through the day and into the night at regular intervals with tickets based on time increments. 2.60 Zloty will buy you a 20-minute window. The city isn't the largest in the world and many of the locals choose to get around by bike.