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|
|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.
|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||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.
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.