College life in the People’s Republic of Poland
Parties, life from session to session, illegally bought or home made alcohol, discotheques in student clubs, over-crowding in dorms, unregistered students sleeping on the floor, decade-long degrees, and taking semesters or even years off - that’s how student life looked for many in the People’s Republic of Poland. Not for everyone, of course. There were those who finished school on time, passed all of their exams, while at the same time raising a family, and making extra money at student cooperatives. Thankfully there were also those who joined political movements against the oppressive government, and took part in strikes against its policies.
Students at the University of Warsaw dorms, living “na waleta” (with unregistered roommates), 1977.
Students at the University of Warsaw dorms at a shared kitchen - one per floor, with one fridge per kitchen, 1976.
Female student at the University of Warsaw using a pay phone, 1977.
A political refugee from Chile sits at a table after a party at the University of Warsaw dorm, 1976.
Student dorm “Riviera” in 1976 Warsaw.
Daily life at the dorms at Adam Mickiewicz University; pictured a student with her newborn in Poznań, 1978.
Nursing students at the Medical Academy in Lublin, 1974.
Party at the student club “Medyk” in 1976 Warsaw.
International student summer camp in Sandomierz, 1962.
An sit-down student strike at the Medical Academy in 1981 in Warsaw, against the policies instituted by the communist government. Seated on the left is Father Jerzy Popiełuszko, who would be murdered by the the Polish communist internal intelligence agency (Służba Bezpieczeństwa) three years later, for his anti-communist stance. (source)