My Campus Moving Journey!

Dana Alsaialy
Dana Alsaialy
Student community, Study in Czechia, Study programmes
4 May 2023

Finally, after over a year of waiting, I have an exciting update on my Study in Czechia journey! As mentioned in my previous blogs, Charles University’s unique feature is no central campus — faculties are spread around Prague. However, in most cases, even within one faculty, you might have multiple buildings where classes relevant to your studies are held. You may also take optional electives outside your study plan.

For my faculty, we had the traditional and spectacularly-located Hollar building overlooking Prague castle; in most cases, though, classes were held in Pekarska (“Baker’s Street”), located in a residential area and with an interior that screams “administrative building.” It was not a study-friendly place, and I can’t say that I ever liked it — that’s why I do not even have photos to demonstrate this “before” section. There has been a push from Faculty Social Science (FSV) students to improve the condition of our student environment, and the time is finally here with the new Jinonice campus! For a bit of backstory, Jinonice was the original building for the faculty, but it was under construction for a few years. During that time, FSV students had to juggle between the Hollar building, the main FSV building, and the temporary Pekarska campus in Nove Butovice. However, the wait was worth it!

As soon as I stepped foot into the Jinonice campus, I was impressed by its aesthetic interior. The newly renovated campus boasts modern architecture, with ring lights above the study space, multiple “chill and study” rooms, vending machines, a library, and an indoor glass bridge between sections of the building. In addition to the impressive facilities, I was also greeted with a warm and friendly welcome from the staff at the Jinonice campus, who are student volunteers. The faculty and staff were always ready to assist and support students, making me feel right at home. It is also essential to mention that the Jinonice campus also offers a unique blend of tranquillity and convenience. The campus provides a serene environment conducive to focused studying amidst the scenic beauty of hills and forests. At the same time, the campus is well-connected to the city centre, making it easy to commute and explore Prague and other parts of Czechia.

This is a personal favourite note, but I love the campus’s variety of classrooms, from aquarium discussion incubators to large auditoriums to radio rooms — it is diverse and excavating to explore. Although I must admit, it is pretty bland for now, as the walls are waiting to be covered with student activities, opportunities, merchandise, and other decorations throughout the years. Since I am approaching my thesis writing 3rd and final year, I might not be able to experience all that, but perhaps you will!