The Czech Republic offers unlimited possibilities for every type of budget. In article Where to live in Prague, you can read about areas/districts. But now, let’s take a closer look at the accommodation options in Prague.
Options for students/young people
Even being on a student budget you still have a few options to choose from. The most common option is to share an apartment with your fellow friends. By living in a shared apartment, you get to choose the location, size of the room, and your future flatmates. Prices may vary greatly depending on many factors such as location or size.
Renting an apartment
In case you decide to rent an apartment it’s always safer to rely on a professional agency. Some people hesitate to pay the agency fee, but seeking for the apartment on your own can be time-consuming and you might end up living in a bad part of town or paying much more than you should simply because you might not understand the terms and conditions.
Signing a contract
When renting an apartment, you will be required to sign a lease contract, usually in the Czech language. There is usually a deposit (traditionally one month’s worth of rent) required by the landlord. The landlord does not come to your apartment to check it, you may never see him, especially when you find the apartment through an agency.
Rent and utilities are paid monthly. It’s common to pay the provider of utilities directly. Utilities are paid as deposits – every year you will receive a bill of actual consumption and either get money back or pay the extra expenses. Tap water in every apartment is absolutely safe for drinking. Internet connection is sometimes pre-arranged, it is pretty easy to arrange by yourself though. The largest internet providers in the Czech Republic are UPC and Telefónica O2. Apartments are either not furnished, partly furnished or fully furnished. Sometimes the landlord is willing to furnish the apartment upon agreement. While heating is a standard, air condition is not common at all.
Make your living comfortable
Laundry rooms in the apartment buildings are not common, usually, everyone has his own washing machine. There are laundry services around the cities, but not many. Dryers are also not very common in the Czech Republic. We either hang our laundry on the balcony, the window dryers or on an inside dryer.
Landlords are usually not happy about smoking in the apartment or pets, but you will always find someone who is okay with it. Make sure the rules in the lease agreements are not against the law by consulting them with a reliable person or agency.
Check these websites:
Log in to Facebook groups (mainly for flat sharing):
Websites with apartments:
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