The cost of living in the Czech Republic is substantially lower than in any West European country. All together, expenses covering food, accommodation, public transport and cultural activities come to about 350-750 USD/month. Naturally, it all depends on the student’s lifestyle and on how much he/she really wants to spend. Prices can also vary considerably depending on where you stay.
All students should consider obtaining an International Student Identity Card (ISIC). It allows cardholders to get student discounts on transport, restaurants, cinemas, museums, exhibitions and concerts. In principle, students coming to the Czech Republic should obtain an ISIC card from their home university or in their home country.
The majority of higher education institutions own dormitories. If you require university accommodation, look for “koleje” or “dormitories” on your chosen institution’s website. If you prefer to live in private rented accommodation, flats and rooms can be found listed on websites such as www.spolubydlici.cz/en or www.expats.cz.
|Lunch at a canteen||around 50 CZK / 2.5 USD|
|Pizza in a pizzeria||from 110 CZK / 5.5 USD|
|Restaurant meal||from 130 CZK / 6.5 USD|
|Beer at a pub||around 30 CZK / 1.5 USD|
|Dairy products||10–30 CZK / 0.6–2 USD|
|A loaf of bread||from 20 CZK / 1 USD|
|1 kg of meat||from 100 CZK / 5 USD|
|1 kg of apples||40–60 CZK / 2–3 USD|
|1.5 l of mineral water||around 15 CZK / 0.7 USD|
|Student dormitory / month||around 150 USD|
|Private room in a flat / month||from 250 USD|
|Private flat / month||from 450 USD|
|Cinema ticket||100–200 CZK / 5–10 USD|
|Theatre ticket||100–500 CZK / 5–25 USD|
|Museum admission||from 40 CZK / 2 USD|
|Fitness centre admission||from 100 CZK / 5 USD|
|Swimming pool / hour||from 80 CZK / 4 USD|
|Bike rental / day||200–500 CZK / 10–25 USD|
|Ski/snowboard rental / day||250–500 CZK / 12.5–25 USD|