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 or 

Food and Drink

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