New to Prague? We know it can be scary moving to a new place and trying to figure things out all on your own. Whether you’re a student here just for the semester, for a year, or for your entire college career, there are things you’ll need to learn and responsibilities to take care of as you integrate into your new city – and it’s good to get these things done as soon as possible. For your convenience, we’ve got a list of some of the most important things to do as soon as you arrive for your semester in Prague!
- Get to know OhMyPrague!
Allow us to introduce ourselves: we are OhMyPrague! and we are here to make your experience as a student in Prague as amazing as it can possibly be. Whether you need help finding accommodation, have questions about life in Prague, want to meet people or find a group to travel with, we’ve got your back.
Shoot us a message if you have any questions and we’ll be happy to help you out! Or come to OhMyBeer!, our weekly beer meetings on Wednesday nights, to hang out and see what we’re all about. Looking forward to seeing you there!
- Get your public transport pass
After getting into that #OhMyPrague! mood, the next thing you should do is get your public transport pass. Prague’s public transport system is super easy to use and it’s going to be your cheapest way to get around the city, day or night, and keep in mind that one ticket covers all forms of transport in the city: metros, trams, and buses!
There are different options for passes depending on how long you’re going to be here – and it will be cheaper and easier if you spring for one that covers the entire duration of your time as a student in Prague right from the get-go. The prepaid time options are 1 month, 3 months, 5 months, and 1 year – so go for the one that suits you best. Plus, if you have a certificate of education or a valid ISIC card, you’ll get a pretty hefty student discount! Check out their official website for more information on where and how to get a pass.
You can also get the Litacka card, which is a physical card (not a paper ticket!) that you can reload with travel vouchers for your choice of duration. In order to use this method, you’ll have to register here with your personal information and then you can pay for your ticket online and they’ll send you the card. It’s easier and cheaper if you’ll be staying in Prague long-term.
- Explore the city
Now that you’ve got your public transport pass, it’s time for the fun stuff: get out there and explore your new home! First up should be your neighborhood: locate the closest grocery store, the best late-night food spots, the best restaurant (you’ll definitely want to find the best Czech food and beer near your place!), the best cafe to do your homework, and anything else you might need during your semester in Prague.
Once you’ve got your neighborhood covered, start using that public transport pass and explore the rest of the city. Don’t be afraid to wander around aimlessly – taking wrong turns and getting lost can lead you to the best places that you would never find otherwise!
Or, if you’re looking to get acclimated a little more quickly, take a FREE walking tour with us! We offer three of them: Old Town & Jewish Quarter, Prague Castle, and the Communist Tour. Our tours bring together students from different universities across the city, so you’ll get to know the city and meet some new friends who are in the same boat as you. For more information on our free walking tours and other events to get you acclimated for your Prague semester, check out our Welcome Week events.
- Take lots of photos
Your erasmus in Prague is going to be the time of your life, especially if you spend it with us! You’re in one of the world’s most beautiful cities with some amazing people – and you’re going to want to document it. Plus, we’re sure your family and friends back home will be dying to know what you’re up to during your Prague semester. This is why you should take lots of photos when you arrive!
Take photos of your new friends, your accommodation, your neighborhood, the events you’re attending, and of course, the historical landmarks you’ll be seeing basically every day. There’s something new and interesting around every corner and you won’t want to forget any of it. If you’re posting photos on social media, don’t forget to tag us! IG: @ohmyprg
- Meet people and party with us!
Last, but absolutely not least, come party with us! Beer is a huge part of Czech culture, and nightlife is a huge part of student culture in Prague. The city center is teeming with lively bars, pubs, and clubs frequented by students, expats, and locals alike, so you’ll want to explore this side of Prague if you want to get the full experience.
Better yet, come out to one of our weekly OhMyBeer! Beer Meetups that we mentioned earlier, or join us at regular parties throughout the semester. There are also a few welcome parties where you can join us: Welcome2Prague at Radost and the EPIC Semester Welcome Party! These epic parties are a great way to dive into Prague’s nightlife scene with other students in Prague just like you.
There you have it: the 5 things you need to do to start your semester in Prague off right. If you have any questions about any of these things or about anything else, feel free to contact us. Welcome to the time of your life as a student in Prague!