Kraków's location is unique for several reasons. In addition to having all the benefits of a large city, including very well-developed public transportation, easy access to hostels and student dormitories, and numerous shopping malls and restaurants, Kraków is also very close to the Tatra Mountains (with many ski resorts and trekking routes near Zakopane), beautiful national parks—Pieniny and Ojców, and Dunajec River Gorge, which offers some interesting rafting opportunities. The University Sports Association is the biggest sports association in Poland, nationwide. It was first established at the Jagiellonian University, and it has been active ever since, for more than 100 years now. As a JU student, you may enroll in one of 40 sections (including football, basketball, volleyball, rowing, horseback, track and field, skiing, and many more) and become part of the JU representation at the national and European competitions. There are two student organizations at the Center for International Studies and Development that students can join.
The International Student Office helps arrange student housing for international students. The rooms are shared (double to quadruples) with a shared kitchen and bath. They are quite basic, but cheap, at around 90 euros a month. Private housing in town can also be found for reasonable rates at about 125-240 euros per month.