Life in Prague
Spring has finally come to the city of a hundred spires, gardens are in bloom, and the streets are bustling with groups of tourists. If you are planning to move to Prague in the coming weeks, it’s the perfect time. What practical information do you need to know about living in one of Europe’s most affordable, and most charming, cities? Read on.
Finding an apartment, or house, to rent in Prague is one of the first tasks our Relocation Consultant can assist you with. Although rental prices have increased by an average of 14% since spring 2014, compared to major European cities, they are still rather inexpensive. The city centre (Prague 1), Vinohrady (Prague 2), and Dejvice/Nebusice (Prague 6) are one of the most popular areas for expats. Zizkov (Prague 3) and parts of Smichov (Prague 5) are also attracting more foreigners due to their excellent location, easy access to public transport, as well as international schools and kindergardens.
According to the Czech Statistical Office, average salaries have increased since 1st January 2015 (currently being around EUR 980 gross / month), allowing people to purchase more, despite a modest increase in groceries and real estate. Most of the other living costs (utilities, phone bills, public transport, petrol, etc.) remain largely on the same level as in 2014. Compared to London, New York or Sydney, the cost of living in Prague is around 50% lower.
Warm, sunny weather has already attracted many locals and expats to Prague’s numerous parks. In the Riegrovy sady (Vinohrady) beer garden, you can expect to get a beer for €1, watch soccer matches, and even movies (for free!) in the open-air cinema. Other popular parks are Letna (Prague 7), Ladronka (Prague 6), which is ideal for roller-blading, biking and running, as well as Stromovka, a huge park located right next to the Prague Expo and the amusement park.
Expats with families have a choice of international schools, from pre-school to university level, with curriculum being taught in English, German, and French. In August 2014, a new boarding school was opened in Karlovy Vary. The Carlsbad International School follows the International Baccalaureate academic program, and its residential model blends aspects of Swiss, UK and US boarding schools. New students can apply for the academic year 2015 – 2016.
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