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As a city rich in history and known for its vibrant nightlife, Prague is a popular tourist destination. And this means two things: first, you will have a wide choice of accommodation; second, rent in the capital city will be much more expensive than in the rest of the country. 

With that, the city offers an abundance of amenities to its residents from a developed transportation network to a good selection of schools, convenient shopping, and more.

Neighbourhoods

Prague is divided into 22 administrative districts, 57 municipalities and 112 cadastral territories. However, these are only referred to for administrative purposes and, when it comes to deciding which neighbourhood to settle in, it’s best to consider your preferred lifestyle, living requirements and budget.

There are several popular neighbourhoods in Prague.

Staré Město, or the Old Town, is the city’s central area, rich in historical and cultural attractions. This is a majorly touristic area with a high concentration of luxury boutiques and expensive eateries. Naturally, rent prices here will be significantly higher compared to the other neighbourhoods.

One of the city’s most popular residential neighbourhoods is Vinohrady, home to beautiful beer gardens and neo-gothic architecture. This neighbourhood is particularly favoured by expats as it offers a tranquil yet dynamic setting. Here, you can find Prague’s famous farmer’s market, international restaurants, breweries and cafes, and more.

Nové Město, or New Town, is a great place to learn more about the capital city. It’s home to the National Museum, Prague’s biggest cinema, and countless shops and boutiques. Renting a place here will not be cheap — but you will be right in the epicentre of culture and nightlife.

Quite a few neighbourhoods in the city used to be industrial areas. But these have been cleverly reformed into up-and-coming residential areas with boutique shops and quaint cafes. Žižkov and Smíchov are the best examples.

Finally, around the White Mountain, you will find the international airport, the Břevnov Monastery and the Hvězda Park, as well as other residential areas with modern villas.

Rent prices

Rent prices in Prague are quite high compared to other major Czech cities and are getting to been par with rent prices in other European capitals like Berlin or Paris — even though the average salaries in the city are quite a bit lower.

Thus, a two bedroom place with a kitchen near the city centre will cost you about 1,000 euros (over 25,000 CZK) — the further away you move from the city centre, the cheaper rent will get.

Due to high rental prices as well as the fact that Prague is a student city, apartment sharing is a very common practice, especially in the city centre. However, even this option is not exactly economical — you will probably be paying about 400 euros (12,00 CZK) for a room in a shared place in or near the city centre.

Find accommodation

Like in any big city, there are quite a few ways to look for an apartment in Prague. Starting your search online will probably be your first step. As Czech language websites tend to have the most and latest offers, it will be easier to find the right place if you know a little bit of Czech or have an acquaintance who can help you out. Alternatively, there are also English language websites where you can find rental offers.

Once in Prague, you can also check the classifieds in the city’s newspapers as well as ask colleagues or classmates for help. In fact, students are likely to find housing more easily thanks to their university or via word of mouth among their friends.

The fastest way to find the apartment of your dreams would be through a real estate agency: you will need to outline your requirements and just wait for the real estate agent to present you with a list of options. Note, however, that agent fees will apply: typically, in the amount of a half month’s rent.

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Note that Prague is also known to be a student city where sublet and flat sharing are quite widespread.

In all cases, rent prices are likely to vary from one neighbourhood to another. In the city centre, you will need an average of CZK 14,000 for a studio and around CZK 24,500 for a three-bedroom apartment.

In the outskirts, count and average of CZK 9,700 for a studio and around CZK 16,000 for a three-bedroom apartment. Of course, rent prices can vary according to different parameters such as furnishing, comfort level, charges, etc.

Find accommodation

Students are likely to find housing more easily thanks to their university or via word of mouth among their friends. Word of mouth can also help if you are working in Prague. Feel free to spread the word among your colleagues or contacts on the spot. Consider browsing housing offers on the Internet and in local newspapers as well.

In the case of a first rental, as you are new to the city, you should be assisted by a local or someone who understands Czech. Why not seek the help of a real estate agency so as to find accommodation as per your criteria more rapidly?

 Useful links:

Home Sweet Home
Praguenet – Flat sharing
My flatshare
Craigslist

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