Other practical information
Each student of PUT is issued a picture identification card. It enables the student to have certain privileges and services within the University (library, computer labs, discounts on train, tram, museum, theatres, cinema tickets).
Students attending official occasions such as exams or galas are expected to wear formal attire. Women usually wear suit jacket with suit trousers or a knee length skirt. Men should wear a suit (typically: black, grey, navy blue). Normally, regardless of gender, elegant shoes complement the rest of the formal outfit.
Examples of inappropriate dress in an official occasions:
- Head coverings or hoods
- Clothing with offensive and/or lewd messages either in words or pictures
- Pants that show underwear and too short shorts, skirts
Our outfit is a part of our image.
A smart outfit may be beneficial to our self-presentation, eg. during the interview in order to get a job or internship.
Smoking, drinking and drugs
Smoking is prohibited in most public places in Poland. There is a special smoking room at the PUT. Smoking in classes is not allowed. Soft and heavy drugs are strictly prohibited. Drinking alcohol in public is prohibited.
It is possible to pay by credit card. The most popular are Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Maestro. They are accepted almost everywhere.
Public telephones require special tokens or magnetic cards which can be bought at Post Office (Poczta) or newsagent (Kiosk).
According to the new OECD ranking Poland is currently the safest country in Europe and 2nd safest country in the world after Japan!
The maintenance of public order and citizen security in Poland is the responsibility of the police and the municipal police.
Polish National Police
Emergency telephone number: 997
Police - uniformed and armed force, which main goal is to serve and proctect the people, and to maintain public order and security.
The basic police activities:
- the protection of people`s health and life, the protection of property,
- the protection of public safety and order,
- creating and organizing "community policing" and crime prevention activities,
- detecting crimes and misdemeanors, arresting people who commited crimes,
- the control of regulations, regarding public life and public spaces,
- the cooperation with police forces from other countries and international organizations.
The Polish National Police consists of criminal, patrol and supportive services. Court police is also the part of the Polish National Police.
The police is authorised to:
- Check IDs in order to establish the identity of their holders (if justified)
- Perform a strip search, as well as check the content of luggage and cargo in harbours, at railway stations and in means of land, air and water transport in the event of a justified suspicion that an offence has been committed
- Detain people that pose a threat to human life, health or property.
You can be fined by the police or by the municipal police. You can be fined for:
- Drinking alcohol in public
- Crossing the road in dangerous places (jaywalking)
- Going over the speed limit
- Driving under the influence (cars, bicycles)
- When driving, remember:
- Have your seatbelt on
- Headlights must be on throughout the year in Poland
- Children must be transported in safety seats
- Use an ear piece, hands-free, etc., holding your phone while driving is illegal
Emergency telephone number: 986
The municipal police are appointed by the municipal or communal council to maintain public order in the territory of a given municipality or commune. Municipal police do not operate in every single town and commune. One of its tasks is to control the road traffic and to maintain public order (you can get fined for parking in the wrong place, pay close attention to where you can and cannot park!). They often cooperate with event organisers and other services to maintain order during gatherings and public events.
Emergency phone numbers
From mobile phones:
There is a universal emergency number 112 which you can dial without any area code.
From stationary number:
999: Emergency Services
998: Fire Services
981: Roadside Assistance
986: Municipal Police
IMPORTANT! Emergency calls are free in telephone booths.
22% or 7% VAT is added to most goods and services. Prices in shops always include VAT.