Living in Rzeszów
Rzeszow, the capital city and the largest city of Podkarpackie Province, is an economic, scientific and cultural centre of south-east Poland. The eldest written record of Rzeszow dates back to 1354 when the town joined the group of other Polish cities and gained a set of town privileges of Magdeburg rights. Back then it had a parish church - the religious centre within a territorial unit - a market and a cemetery, covering the total area of 1.5 km2. Today, with the area of 116.32 km² and the population exceeding 187,000 people, it is one of the biggest municipalities in the region.
Rzeszow is a city of dynamical expansion, technological development and economic growth. It is recognized as an academic centre in Poland, with 60,000 students acquiring their education in a number of public and private universities. The results of the recent survey carried out by Eurostat show that Rzeszow is the leading city in Europe in terms of the number of students, as there are 353 students per each 1,000 residents. Rzeszow is also considered to be one of the safest places to live in Poland. In the Second National Congress of Regions (2011), Rzeszow took the second place in the ranking of the most attractive cities for business (in the category of 150,000 – 300,000 inhabitants) conducted by Forbes magazine.
Rzeszow has been ranked one of the top cities in the country in the following categories:
Top Local Government
Most attractive city for business
Most attractive city for foreign investors
The safest city in Poland
Fair Play city
Rzeszow is a significant place on the map of Europe. The most attractive characteristic of Rzeszow is that it combines the small-town charm with the role of the economic and cultural centre of south-eastern Poland. It is situated on both banks of the Wislok river in the heart of the Sandomierz Basin, about 90 km away from the borders with Slovakia and Ukraine.
For many centuries this region has been at the crossroads of different cultures. Its location on the borderland contributes to the rich cultural heritage, combing the folk traditions and cultural elements of other nations.
Bieszczady, the main mountain range in this region, is not particularly high (Tarnica - the highest peak is 1,346 MASL), but it captivates with beautiful landscapes of rural scenes and wild secluded areas.
Because of its natural uniqueness, rich fauna and flora, large areas of the Podkarpackie region are national parks or nature reserves.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS CITY
During the academic year, hundreds of international students come to Rzeszow to study. This is the time when the atmosphere in the city becomes very special - all libraries, parks, the city centre are filled with students studying, talking to each other or just having fun. All guests feel at home. With the support of friends, group mates and teachers, the time spent at the university is full of joy and excitement.
As a popular international tourist destination, the city of Rzeszow has a lot of popular places of interest. As both a tourist and a student, you will need quite a lot of time to explore the length and breadth of Rzeszow: morning coffee with your friends in your favourite café, later on, an hour or so of walking down the streets of the old part of the city, or wandering through the rows of shops. Next stop - the latest hot music venue or an evening bike ride along the river side.
ECONOMY AND INDUSTRY
Rzeszow is the city of dynamic expansion, technological development and economic growth. It is the centre of the Aviation Valley – the largest industrial-technological cluster in Poland that comprises over 130 companies connected to the aviation industry. The main potential of the city is focused on creating favourable conditions for the development of aerospace industry in the region, further development of research, attracting new investors, as well as the transforming the south-east Poland to one of Europe's leading aviation regions.
Today, one of the most important advantages of the city is Rzeszow-Jasionka International Airport, with the second longest runway in Poland (3.2 km) where even the largest planes can land.
Moreover, there is a special economic zone Rzeszow-Dworzysko that was created in order to make even more favourable conditions for doing business.
There are more than 26,000 companies in the city supported by more than 800 financial institutions and business-related units. Other branches of businesses that has developed in Rzeszow are Electronics and Information Technology. The Schuman Foundation report listed Rzeszow the second city in Europe after Lisbon in terms of the demand for specialists.
HOW TO GET HERE
Whether travelling by air, rail or road, the University of information Technology and Management in Rzeszow is easily accessible.
The closest airport is Rzeszow-Jasionka airport which provides regular flights to Bristol, Dublin, East Midlands, Munich, London, Manchester and Warsaw. You can fly directly to Jasionka from a few countries, e.g. the UK, the USA and Germany or make a short connecting flight from Warsaw (about 1h).
For more information go to: www.rzeszowairport.pl/en
Rail services operate from many cities, so you can fly to Warsaw and then catch a train to Rzeszow. Approximate travelling times are:
Warsaw to Rzeszow – 5 h.
Cracow to Rzeszow -2 h