How much does it cost to rent a flat in Krakow?

How much does it cost to rent an apartment in Kraków? Yep, we get this question a lot.

Unfortunately, providing you with specific data is just impossible. Not that we don’t want to; it’s just that the price depends on so many aspects… Location, standard, size of the flat, whim of the landlord…

What we can do, however, is that we can give you the average so you can get an idea of how high the rent prices are in Krakow.

Average rent

The only measurable data we have is how much on average one has to pay per square meter of a rented apartment.

According to the breakdown prepared by Bankier.pl (and based on data from otodom.pl, one of the biggest property websites in Poland), the average rent (excl. additional costs) in Krakow in October 2015 was:

  • Living area up to 38 m2 – 1358 zl
  • Living area 38 – 60 m2 – 1843 zl
  • Living area 60 – 90 m2 – 2497 zl

… and the numbers are still growing.

Remember though, these are the average prices based on the flat size only.

The better standard and location – the higher is rent you’re supposed to pay.

So just to give you an idea. If you want to rent in the centre, you might end up renting a small apartment, say up to 40 m2, for over 2000 zl rent (+utilities)!

At the same time, it is possible to find a huge flat in reasonable price in the city centre, as long as we don’t care that much about the conditions and don’t mind shabby walls or lack of furniture.

Additional costs

The rent definitely is the main component of the total rental price, but it would be silly to forget about the additional payments. When making a calculation on how much you have to pay, you need to take the following into consideration.

  • Gas & Electricity
  • Heating
  • Water
  • Waste disposal
  • Maintenance of building and common areas (administration fee)
  • TV & Internet

It might be that all of them or only some of the listed items will be applicable to you (e.g. when there is no gas in the building or you don’t have a TV). And the rates depend on different factors, e.g. how many people live in the flat and use the electricity and water, what kind of heating have you got, whether or not the place is well isolated.

Read here for more information on how you pay for the utilities.

Most wanted

From my experience I can say that the most wanted apartments are those in the city centre (either Main Square or Kazimierz). Usually people ask for a good standard studio’s or one bedroom flats.

For a studio (up to 25m2) you have to pay between 1200 – 1500 zl on average. Plus utilities.

Separate bedrooms seem to be a luxury 🙂 so even if the standard is the same, the rent goes up to between 1400 – 2000 zł a month! (note: we are excluding here very luxurious poky flats).

If you don’t mind living outside of the centre or just prefer to live closer to your work you might be able to get a bigger place in a nice standard for a much lower price.

Deposit

Don’t forget the last bit – the deposit! Usually an equivalent of the 1st month rent, and fully refundable.

Read more about the deposit in our previous posts!

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Basia Kubicka

Runs her own real estate agency Krakow Apartments. Passionate about helping people in all aspects of finding a perfect property, to buy or to rent. Occasional rope walker and rock climber. Follow Basia on Facebook.

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