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General Life in Czech Republic
The home of Palacky University, Olomouc, sits in the fertile basin of the Morava River – Central Moravia, in the eastern part of the Czech Republic. Olomouc is at the foot of the Jeseniky Mountains, which offers skiing, hiking and camping within easy travel distance (in the Winter, cross-country skiing is available after a mere 15-minute bus ride). The climate is mild, averaging 20°C (70° F) in the Summer. Although much to everyone´s pleasure here, temperatures can soar up to 30°C (86°F). In Winter, average temperature is about 0°C (32°F), but do expect the season to bring you a few cold spells here and there, so a temperature of even -20°C (-4°F) should not come as a great surprise.
Many students may be unfamiliar with the Czech Republic, the life style and what it offers. They soon discover that Olomouc, the home of the Palacký University, provides amenities found in any other Western city of similar size. The 100,000 inhabitants of Olomouc live in the cultural, business, and religious centre of its region. Those longing for a taste of more ‘big-city’ life, Prague, Brno, Vienna, and other European cities are just a 2 to 3 hour train ride away (the journey to Prague takes almost exactly 2 hours on the fast train and costs slightly over 10 Euros one way).
According to the well acclaimed tourist guide ‘Lonely Planet,’ Olomouc is known for its beautiful architecture and calm lifestyle; one of Europe’s hidden treasures. It is as beautiful as Prague, only nowhere near as busy. The narrow streets in the city centre, the little bars and cosy cafes with their home baked delicious cakes, will grab your heart and always have you coming back for more.
Palacky offers high quality student hostels, which are relatively cheaper when compared to the UK. This is why it is the most popular choice of accommodation for students. They are priced at 100 Euros per person, per month. We are able even able to reserve you a student hostel so, that upon arrival, you can move straight in! Alternatively, for people that would like to take up private accommodation, we are able to liaise with trusted estate agents and help you find what you are looking for!
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.
Student Visa (NON EU Applicants)
Non EU residents are required to apply for a visa, alongside their university application. We are able to assist you and guide you with this if needed as well as supply the necessary documents that may be officially required.