Intensive social life is an inevitable part of being a student. There are already a great many exciting things you can do before or after your classes, and given you are living in a big vibrant city, the variety of choices is increasing all the time. Warsaw is known for its well developed cinema culture. You can enjoy going to modern multiplex cinemas to watch recent box office hits. If you a fan of independent cinema, there are few small venues where you can see movies that most people have never heard of from Argentina or Iran. Most of the cinemas offer a discount for students.
There is always a lot of fun when you catch up with your friends over a lunch or a dinner. The choice of restaurants in Warsaw is truly impressive. Students usually live on small budgets, but it doesn’t mean you should not enjoy eating out. There are plenty of inexpensive places, where you can order a good meal.
Whether it is your weekly Friday night out or you feel the Saturday night fever, going out in the evening is one of the most important habits of your student life routine. Enjoy this wild time while it lasts. Warsaw night clubs will always make you feel good.
Kinoteka, the Palace of Culture and Science
Due to the fact that Collegium Civitas is located right in the city centre, you are never far from exciting places. Kinoteka is a modern cinema complex located in the iconic building of the Palace of Culture and Science. Here you can watch ambitious art movies as well as box office hits. Enjoy the shows and don’t forget to ask for a student discount before you buy a ticket.
Kultura Cinema, Krakowskie Przedmieście
This is a trendy small cinema located just across the road from the Presidential Palace. It is often visited by fans of independent movies from all over the globe. There is a nice restaurant there, where you can order a drink before or after the show.
Orange Imax, Powsinska Street
Here is a place for fans of modern technology. With a gigantic screen and 3D movies, the viewer will be transported straight to the world of fantasy. Note, however, that tickets may be pricey, so check out ‘IMAX Days’, when they are about half price.
Kino Muranów, Generała Anders Street
When you discover this cinema for the first time, you will find something magical about it and you will certainly return again and again. The beautiful fountain located at the small square just before the cinema building is like a sign that you are about to enter an unusual venue. Inside there are two screens and a cosy little café where you can drink a cup of tea or hot chocolate. The warm atmosphere of this place and a great choice of independent movies is all you need to fall in love with the art of cinema.
Multiplex Cinema, Zlote Tarasy, Zlota Street
Modern Multiplex Cinema in Zlote Tarasy will simply amuse you. Beautiful venue, elegant bar, several screens, comfy seats and discount tickets for students. Cinema is located just across the road from Collegium Civitas in famous shopping center.
Zbawiciela Square, located near Metro Politechnika Station, just one stop from City Center Station, is very a popular spot among students. Here you will find café-bars, popular bars and an inexpensive vegetarian restaurant.
Restaurants and cafe bars
Charlotte, Chleb i Wino (Bread and Wine)
Although new, this has already become very popular. Enjoy the smell of fresh-baked bread and taste of Parisian bakery in the center of Warsaw. They have a great choice of delicious sandwiches. You can sit outside, at the tine sip a glass of wine and admire the picturesque view of Zbawiciela Square.
This is a small bar that attracts lots of students every night. If you want to relax and curl up in a comfy couch while listening to smooth beats from regular DJs, this is the place for you. Very busy at the evenings this place bar is considered one of the most colorful alternative addresses of the city. Plan B is often host to exhibitions by young artists, as well as concerts and literature readings.
All lovers of busy café-bars will be much impressed by Karma. Bring your laptop – there is free Wi-Fi here – and you and your friends will enjoy coffee and delicious snacks at very reasonable prices. It is also a wonderful place to chill out if you feel like spending some time on your own just reading a book with a hot cup of cappuccino.
Greenway, Marszalkowska Street
This popular chain of inexpensive vegetarian restaurants offers a great selection of meals. The portions are large enough to satisfy your appetite and the food is really fantastic. The international menu includes Mexican goulash, vegetable curry, samosas and enchiladas. Every meal comes with salad. Healthy and tasty food at reasonable prices – who can ask for more?
Milk Bar pod Barbakanem, Mostowa Street
Popular “milk bars” (not vendors of dairy products as the name would suggest!) look like they haven’t changed for decades and are still able to create a traditional atmosphere. Milk bars serve traditional Polish meals at budget prices. In these restaurants you can feel the atmosphere of communist Warsaw. Milk bars were originally created in the sixties to serve cheap meals for the working class. They attract mostly students and senior citizens because of the low prices (a two-course meal may cost only 10.00 zł).
The vibrant cosmopolitan city of Warsaw has a fantastic night life. If you are in the mood for an all-night party, there are plenty of modern night clubs full of party people & international DJs.
Opera, Teatralny Square
The Opera is a great club located in the cellars of the National Opera of The Grand Theatre. You will be truly impressed by its oriental style. The venue has long red brick corridors and hidden rooms where you can chill out. Enjoy the magical atmosphere of the Far East. There is a spacious dance floor where you can dance to the music performed live by the best DJs in Warsaw as well as to live instrumental music (saxophone, drums, conga, flute, etc.) The Opera can be described as a bohemian party place by night. The venue features a series of spacious rooms under the brick arches of the 19th-century Mokotow fort and it is decorated with a mad collection of retro furniture. There are a few dance floors and chilled-out lounge areas.
Klubokawiarnia, Czackiego Street
A communist era-themed club in Warsaw with great funky music and a relaxed atmosphere. Join a chilled party crowd at this basement club and don’t miss out on one of the regular fancy-dress events. Dance to both DJs and live (mostly rock) music performed by local bands.
In the last few years the district of Praga has become something of a mecca for Warsaw clubbers. Renovated pre-war factories and warehouses are host to countless bars, clubs, galleries and restaurants.
Fabryka Trzciny, Otwocka Street
An old marmalade factory transformed into a center of culture, featuring a restaurant, club and gallery. A unique place that has an evocative industrial character. The most creative artistic projects in Warsaw take place in Fabryka Trzciny. Exhibitions and theatrical performances are shown on a regular basis.
W Oparach Absurdu, Ząbkowska Street
One of the most popular bars in town, it can become rather crowded but its highly unusual décor is well worth a visit including a five-foot plastic tarantula, religious icons and a plaster pig. Besides the weird décor, the bar attracts customers looking to enjoy concerts every weekend with live jazz, Russian and Balkan music.