Living in the Czech Republic

Basic information about the Czech Republic

The number of inhabitants: appr. 10,5 mil
Area: appr. 78,9 km2
Capital city: Prague with 1,3 mil. inhabitants
Government: Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Republic
Religion: 87 % atheists (non-religious)
Official language: Czech
Currency: Czech Crown (CZK)



The Czech Republic has a temperate continental climate, with warm summers and cold, cloudy and snowy winters. The temperature difference between summer and winter is relatively high, due to the landlocked geographical position.
We recommend bringing both summer clothes and warm winter clothes (boots, warm and/or waterproof jacket, gloves,...), no matter what semester you are coming. The weather can change from day to day.

Opening hours

Generally, all shops are open from Monday to Friday 9 – 17h, most of them have extended opening hours till 18/19h, some of them are open on Saturday morning as well. During weekends and holiday, shops outside shopping centres are closed (see holiday dates in here).
Shopping centres and supermarkets are open daily from 9 to 21h (except Christmas holiday).


In Prague, there is a highly integrated and connected public transportation system which belongs to the most reliable and user-friendly in the whole world. Students can buy single tickets (32 CZK for 90 minutes / 24 CZK for 30 minutes) or a month, quarter or whole year ticket and use all kinds of transport in the city: buses, trams, trains and metro. A detailed article about the long-term tickets here.

Václav Havel Airport is the only international airport in Prague. It has two terminals - Schengen and non-Schengen Area and it takes appr. 35 minutes to get to the airport from the city centre, see the website.
Official website of the airport.

Guide prices in Prague

Lunch in an average restaurant 130 CZK 5 €
Draft beer (500 ml = 1 pint) 35 CZK 1,4 
Coffee (Cappucino) 50 CZK 1,9 
Water (1l) 15 CZK 0,6 
Milk 20 CZK 0,8 
Bread 25 CZK
Chicken (1kg)  130 CZK

1 € = 26 CZK (updated: May 2017)


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