Poland offers a great choice of free time activities for students. Cultural life in Poland is diverse and dynamic, with many cinemas, theatres, concert halls, clubs and many, many others. In Poland everyone will find something here to match their sport interests, from mainstream activities such as fitness and running, to modern dance, trekking or bodybuilding. We can assure you that you will never get bored in Poland!
Juwenalia – students festival
Juwenalia is a traditional Polish students holiday, usually occurring in May. This event transforms university towns across Poland into a huge party place. The Juwenalia traditions vary slightly in each city, but usually involve a student parade to the town square where the city mayor hands over the symbolic keys to the city. Partying is pretty noticeable and consistent everywhere you go. Krakow is one of the largest university cities and has the longest Juwenalia tradition so it is an ideal place to experience Juwenalia at its best.
Poland's bigger cities, including Krakow, Warsaw, Lodz and Gdansk, provide a wide range of entertainment options, including bars, pubs, restaurants and clubs. Dancing is at particular interest, with many clubs in each big city. Dance clubs play disco, retro, jazz and rock 'n' roll, new wave and alternative. If you visit Poland during the week before Ash Wednesday, you'll also experience carnival, a weeklong focus on dancing and entertainment.
Poland is also a host to many internationally known music festivals. The most important of them are: Open’er, Live Music Festival, Orange Warsaw Festival, Przystanek Woodstock, OFF Festival and Selector, which are annually visited by the biggest pop, rock and electro music stars. There are also many well-known, prestigious classical and jazz music contests and festivals, such as: The International Chopin Piano Festival or Jazz Jamboree.
Sports and outdoor activities
If you want to practise sports, Poland is a perfect place for you. You can choose from a variety of indoor and outdoor physical activities. Big cities offer a wide choice of gym clubs, with fitness classes, body building and cardio. Polish mountains are an ideal place for hiking, skiing and mountain biking and attract millions of tourists every year from all over the world. Baltic beaches and resorts are popular locations for fishing, canoeing, kayaking and a wide range of other water sports, which are becoming more and more popular in Poland.