Living costs

The Czech Republic is a member of the European Union, but is outside the Eurozone which means that it does not use the Euro as its currency.The Czech currency is Czech crown (CZK). The current exchange rate is available at the Czech National Bank website. You can exchange your money in a bank, hotel or bureaux de change. Alternatively you can pay with an international banking card or credit card.

Living costs in the Czech Republic are considered to be affordable. The average living costs of students range from 350-750 USD/month, incl. meals, accommodation, public transport and culture. Of course, prices may vary according to your location, accommodation choices, lifestyle, and spending habits.

FOOD AND DRINKS
Lunch in a student´s 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
Loaf of bread from 20 CZK / 1 USD
1 kg of chicken 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
ACCOMMODATION
Student dormitory around 150 USD per month
Private room in a flat from 250 USD per month
Private flat from 450 USD per month

The majority of higher education institutions own its dormitories. If you are interested in, look for “koleje” or “dormitories” on web pages of the institutions. If you prefer to live on your own, you will rent a flat or only room in a shared flat. In that case you can visit e.g. www.spolubydlici.cz/en/ or www.expats.cz.

ENTERTAINMENT
Cinema ticket 100–200 CZK / 5–10 USD
Theatre ticket 100–500 CZK / 5–25 USD
Museum admission from 40 CZK / 2 USD
SPORTS
Fitness centre admission from 100 CZK / 5 USD
Swimming pool from 80 CZK / 4 USD per hour
Bike rental 200–500 CZK / 10–25 USD per day
Ski/snowboard rental 250–500 CZK / 12.5–25 USD per day

You can get a detailed overview regarding the living costs in the report issued every year by Expats.cz.  

Student card

The ISIC (International Student Identity Card) card is the best card for all students. It allows cardholders to get student discounts for transport, restaurants, cinemas, museums, exhibitions and concerts. In principal, students coming to the Czech Republic should obtain an ISIC card at their home university or in their home country. It is also possible to apply for the ISIC card on its official websites.