Poznań is one of the largest and most populous cities in Poland, as well as being an extremely popular business hub and university city. Because of this, it attracts lots of people looking to move to the city, temporarily or permanently, as well as the typical tourists during seasonal periods. Expats and students from all over the world have called Poznań their home for many reasons.
One draw Poznań offers is the low cost of housing and general cost of living. One-bedroom apartments for rent in Poznań city centre will cost you, on average, around 1500 zloty, which works out to around €350. If you opt to live outside of the city centre, then you could be paying even less than this. Rooms in Poznań are even cheaper still, so you can find a real bargain when hunting for accommodation in this Polish city.
Poznań is also a vibrant city with lots of cultural and historical attractions to offer, along with a lively nightlife made up of international people from all walks of life. It is not a huge tourist attraction, so it’s easy to enjoy this city away from the large, bustling crowds of tourists. You can enjoy Polish culture and get to know its cuisine in many of the local cafés, bars, restaurants, and more.
If you’re being drawn to Poznań for your expat journey, then search through Nestpick’s accommodation listings to find rooms for rent in Poznań to suit you.
Types of Accommodations in Poznań
Apartments in Poznań by area
The best area of Poznań to live will depend on your needs and preferences. The five primary districts of Poznań are Stare Miasto, Nowe Miasto, Jeżyce, Grunwald and Wilda, with 42 smaller neighbourhoods within these boundaries. The Old Town, or Stare Miasto, is great for soaking up the city’s history and being surrounded by traditional and historical architectural styles. The same goes for Śródka, another historic area. For a more residential and commercial setting, the districts of Wilda and Jeżyce are suitable, which can be a good idea for professional expats moving to the area for work. Poznań has a lot of apartment blocks available across the city, including in Rataje, Winogrady, and Piątkowo, so there is lots of choice when looking for Poznań apartments.
With all these unique districts and more to choose from, you’re sure to find an area of Poznań that suits you perfectly.
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Apartments in Nowe Miasto
Nowe Miasto, or the New Town, is the largest administrative district of Poznań. It makes up the entire eastern part of the city, bordering Stare Miasto and Wilda. Despite its name, The New Town actually contains some of the most historic neighbourhoods of Poznań, most notably Śródka and Komandoria. However, it also boasts a number of modern attractions, including a water park around Lake Malta, amusement parks, the Nowe Zoo, and Cinema City.
The centre of Nowe Miasto is a large commercial area with lots of shopping centres and industrial sites, with large industrial areas found in other neighbourhoods across Nowe Miasto. Główieniec, for example, is home to a large factory for car brand Volkswagen. This aspect of the district attracts large amounts of expats relocating to Poznań for work.
Other neighbourhoods within Nowe Miasto are more residential, such as the neighbourhood of Rataje, which is home to large amounts of modern residential buildings and housing estates. Nowe Miasto represents a real mix, with lots of apartments available to rent in a promising location at the heart of industry, commerce, and leisure. The local facilities and amenities across the New Town’s neighbourhoods also make this a suitable place for expats to settle down with their families.
Apartments in Wilda
The neighbourhood of Wilda used to be a village outside of Poznań before the city’s boundaries were extended to include it, along with several other villages. It is now the smallest of the five administrative districts of Poznań. Despite this, it has a lot to boast for both residents and visitors to the area. It is home to numerous parks and gardens, and is bound to the east by the River Warta, so there are plenty of natural sights to take in.
You can also find the Poznań University of Technology in Wilda, so it is an attractive home for many of the students attending this university. It also draws families in thanks to its schools catering to a range of ages and the local hospital found in the centre of Wilda. It provides all the amenities you could need when relocating to a new city. The Old Town can be found to the north of Wilda and the New Town to the east, so it’s also easy to enjoy the greater attractions found in these districts.
Wilda contains lots of small residential areas offering apartments, rooms, and houses to expats looking for a place to call home. Plenty of tram and bus stops are scattered around Wilda, providing convenient transport around the city. Poznań’s main train station it also found in the north-west of Wilda.
Apartments Stare Miasto Poznań
Stare Miasto is also known as the “Old Town” of Poznań. This area contained the entire city of Poznań until its borders were gradually extended over the last couple of centuries. It is home to many of the city’s original features, including the Town Hall, sections of the wall that once surrounded the city, and the hill on which the 13th century’s King of Poland’s castle once stood. The Old Town still displays the layout that was typical of its time, made up of narrow streets laid out in a grid.
Although it still proudly displays the city’s history, Stare Miasto has also been modernised to offer a wide range of shops, bars, restaurants, cafés, and entertainment venues to people living and visiting there. Poznań’s Old Market Square features lots of sights and attractions, from historic buildings to museums heralding the city’s history.
Stare Miasto is a large district in total with lots of accommodation available for students and expats relocating to Poznań. Traditional tenement houses were common in this historical city, some of which are still in use as apartments and houses while others, such as those in the Old Market Square, have been converted for other purposes. There are lots of neighbourhoods within Stare Miasto that are further out of the centre and have a more residential makeup with apartments and rooms to rent.
Apartments in Grunwald
In the south-west of Poznań between Wilda and Jeżyce is the administrative district of Grunwald. This district contains much more residential space compared to the New and Old Towns, and even Wilda. Many areas in the centre of Grunwald were used to house troops in the 19th century, and these buildings are now used as residential homes.
One of the major points of interest found in Grunwald is the INEA Stadium, or Stadion Miejski. This is a football stadium that was used in 2012 to host games for the Euro Championships. Grunwald also contains the Hala Arena, which is used as a venue for various sporting and entertainment events.
The main centre of Grunwald is typically separated into Stary Grunwald, Grunwald Północ, and Grunwald Południe, with various other neighbourhoods across the rest of the district. These central areas to Poznań are home to a good selection of shopping facilities as well as places to eat and drink. The district is home to lots of parks and other attractions and is within easy reach of the city’s other districts.
Student accommodation Poznań
Poznań is one of Poland’s most notable university cities, with one in four of the city’s population made up of students, an approximate total of 140,000 students. They attend a range of institutions, the largest of which is Adam Mickiewicz University. The main site of this university is right at the centre of this city, contained within Stare Miasto but close to the borders or Wilda, Grunwald, and Jeżyce.
Because of this location, student accommodation in Poznań is spread out around the centre of the city across all four of these administrative districts. The cost of living and renting in Poznań is already low, so you can find student apartments in the city for extremely affordable prices. There is a range of accommodation types for students to choose from, including official student halls, rooms to rent in student houses or dormitories, and entire apartments or houses to share with fellow students.
Poznań public transport
Poznań boasts an impressive public transport system, with trams and buses providing a comprehensive coverage of the city to allow residents to get around with ease. Tram and bus stops are dotted generously around the city, so you’re never too far away from a stop. As you’d expect from the city’s low cost of living, public transport is incredibly cheap. A single journey will cost you around 4 zloty, that’s less than one euro! The average price of a monthly pass is 100 zloty, working out at less than approximately €23 for a month’s worth of travel.
Poznań Central Station provides trains out of the city to a wide range of destinations, including major cities like Warsaw, Wrocław, Kraków, Berlin, Moscow, and Paris.