The cost of living in Olomouc is much lower than in other Western cities. Prices for individual goods and services vary. But, on the whole, the cost of living is about 1/3 of what would have to be spent in a similarly sized city in the United States. It is recommended that students budget approximately 3,500 UDS for living expenses for the academic year (10 months). This estimate does not include the price of books and other educational materials.