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Living costs

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


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 the 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. 

FOOD AND DRINKS

Lunch in a student’s canteen

around 50 CZK / 2.3 USD

Pizza in a pizzeria

from 110 CZK / 5 USD

Restaurant meal

from 130 CZK / 5.9 USD

Beer at a pub

around 30 CZK / 1.4 USD

Dairy products

10–30 CZK / 0.5–1.4 USD

Loaf of bread

from 20 CZK / 0.9 USD

1 kg of chicken meat

from 100 CZK / 4.5 USD

1 kg of apples

40–60 CZK / 1.8–2.7 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 living in one of them during your study stay, look for “koleje” or “dormitories” on the websites of individual institutions. If you prefer to live on your own, you can rent a flat or a single room in a shared flat. For more information have a look at dedicated websites such as  www.spolubydlici.cz or www.expats.cz.

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Cinema ticket

100–200 CZK / 4.5–9 USD

Theatre ticket

100–500 CZK / 4.5–23 USD

Museum admission

from 40 CZK / 1.8 USD

SPORTS

Fitness centre admission

from 100 CZK / 4.5 USD

Swimming pool

from 80 CZK / 3.6 USD per hour

Bike rental

200–500 CZK / 9–23 USD per day

Ski/snowboard rental

250–500 CZK / 11.4–23 USD per day

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

Student card

The ISIC (International Student Identity Card) card is the most advantageous 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 national official websites.