Erasmus Program Responsible for 1.5 Million Babies

We’re sure you know this already: studying abroad opens up tons of new opportunities for students. After all, that’s why many of you chose to spend your semester here in Prague! 

Studying in Prague will give you a new academic experience – you’ll study topics that are completely new to you, you’ll be exposed to new languages, and you’ll meet tons of other international students in your classes. Maybe studying in Prague will open doors for your future career. Maybe you’ve simply always wanted to travel to the Czech Republic and you jumped at the opportunity to do so this semester. 

But did you know that according to a study published in 2014 by the European Commission, it can also open up opportunities in your love life? That’s right – forget Tinder for a minute and engage with your fellow students! 

The study found that more than a quarter of students who participate in Erasmus meet their long-term romantic partner during their semester abroad. And, according to an update posted on the Erasmus program’s official Facebook page just yesterday, it’s estimated that the Erasmus program is responsible for producing about 1.5 million babies! Talk about a match-making scheme. 

The study, based on interviews conducted with 88,000 students, teachers, and businesses, also found that a third of former study abroad students have transnational relationships, compared to just 13% of students who chose to forgo a semester abroad. 

The romantic potential of the Erasmus program has been gaining notice across Europe. In 2011, Italian novelist Umberto Eco claimed that this university exchange program has created the first generation of young Europeans and stated that all European citizens should try to integrate more outside their home countries. 

So take advantage of this potential during your semester in Prague! Go out, meet people, be social, and party with us! Who knows, you might just meet the love of your life. 

5 things to do when you first arrive in Prague

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! 

  1. 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! 

  1. 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.

  1. 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

  1. 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

  1. 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! 

What to pack for a semester in Prague

We all know the feeling: you’re all geared up for your Prague semester (or year!), you’ve got your plane tickets booked, you’ve got a list of places you want to travel to while during the semester, and you’ve been doing your research on where you’ll be living and studying. But what’s the hardest part of preparing to be a student in Prague? Packing, of course! 

If you’re flying on a plane and you don’t want to pay anything extra, you’ll most likely be able to check one suitcase, bring one carry-on bag and one personal item. That seems like a lot… until you’re trying to fit your entire life into those bags for a semester in Prague because you don’t know what to expect. All of a sudden, your giant suitcase doesn’t seem so giant. And another catch: most airlines will only allow your checked bag to be 50 pounds ( or 30 kilograms) or less (this can vary, though, so check with your specific airline!)

Lucky for you, we know students in Prague pretty well, so we’re here to tell you exactly what you need, and exactly what you don’t need, for your Prague semester:

Clothes

Clearly, the types of clothes you pack will depend mostly on which season you’ll be studying here in Prague and which places you want to travel to while you’re here. How much you bring will also depend on how often you plan to do laundry while you’re here – we’d recommend checking out the laundry situation in your flat or dormitory well in advance so you’re not hauling a hamper 5 stops down on the tram to the laundromat every week. To avoid this, you can buy detergent strips to wash clothes in your sink, although this isn’t always ideal. 

Prague’s weather can be unpredictable and pretty temperamental at times, so we’d recommend bringing a little bit of everything while using your best judgment. Obviously don’t bother with a heavy coat if you’ll be here in the summer or fall, and don’t bring your summer Sunday best if you’ll be here in the winter. But no matter when you’re here, here are a few items of clothing you’ll need:

    • Two weeks’ worth of underwear – trust us, you’ll be glad you did.
    • Two weeks’ worth of socks – see above.
    • A few pairs of dark pants – depending on your laundry situation, you’ll probably be wearing outfits several times before washing. Dark pants look nicer and they also don’t show as much dirt. These are also suitable for summer as the nights can get cool! 
    • Short-sleeve and long-sleeve shirts
    • Sweaters and/or cardigans
    • Athletic clothes – whether you work out, want to go hiking, or just lounge at home, you’ll be glad you have these.
    • Pajamas
    • One formal outfita dress or skirt for girls and dress pants or khakis for boys. You never know what kind of professional or academic opportunities, or just random formal occasions, may pop up during your semester abroad in Prague!
    • Swimsuit – no matter what season you’ll be spending your semester abroad in Prague!
    • A belt or two
    • A rain jacket
    • Sneakers, dress shoes, sandals, and boots
    • Seasonal itemscold weather gear for winter, a few pairs of shorts for summer
    • Flip flopsnot to wear in public, but for hostel or dorm showers! 

Toiletries

For your first time in a new country as a student in Prague, some of the basic toiletry items you’re used to at home may not be available or may be more expensive here. To avoid the stress of spending hours upon hours, as well as boatloads of money, trying to find what you want or need, be sure to pack the following:

    • Medications – both prescriptions and any over-the-counter preferences you may have
    • Preferred cosmetics
    • Brush/comb
    • Nail clippers
    • Feminine products
    • Deodorant
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Razors
    • Soap/shampoo
    • Glasses/contacts and solution
    • Refillable travel size bottles

Miscellaneous Items

This will depend mostly on your coursework, hobbies, and other things you plan to do during your semester abroad in Prague, but here are the basics for everyone:

    • Camera equipment
    • Computer equipment/school supplies
    • Adapters/converters
    • Backpack/purse that are safe from pickpockets
    • Combination lock – you’ll be glad you have this during your travels in hostels
    • Headphones

What NOT to bring: 

There are always a few items that we debate bringing when we travel for long periods of time, so we end up tossing things into our suitcases that we don’t even end up touching during our trip and they just take up space. To make these decisions a bit easier on you, here are some things you definitely won’t need:

    • Expensive/otherwise irreplaceable jewelry – the risk of these items getting lost, stolen, or broken is just not worth it. Leave it at home! 
    • Hair appliances – these will most likely blow the circuits wherever you plug them in and try to use them. They’re pretty cheap here so save yourself the trouble and the space in your suitcase and don’t bring them with you from home. 
    • Scarves – you can buy them here! 
    • Anything you haven’t used or worn in 3 months – try to ditch the “just in case” attitude towards things you don’t use during your daily life at home. If you really end up needing something, you’ll be able to buy it here. 

There you have it – a comprehensive packing list for your Prague semester. Can you think of anything we didn’t mention? Comment below and let us know! And most importantly, enjoy your time as a student in Prague. 

Finding a flat

 

Take it from us: finding a flat in Prague is no joke! It can be really hard work, especially if you don’t speak Czech. The housing market around here is super saturated these days and new listings get snatched up in the blink of an eye, so you really have to be on your game at all times if you want this to be a quick process. Lucky for you, we’re here to share with you some of the best tips for finding a flat in Prague for your semester or year abroad.

But, before we get to exactly how to find a flat in Prague, it’s important to understand exactly what you want and what you’re looking for, as the conditions and types of accommodation available can be very different from your home country. 

 

Types of accommodation in Prague

 

Student housing

More and more international students are coming to Prague every year, and the locals have taken notice. As a result, there are a lot of options exclusively for student housing around the city. You can rent actual dorm rooms at Charles University or check out one of the non-affiliated companies specifically geared towards students, like Zeitraum , Student Room Flat, and Erasmus in Prague. These types of accommodations in Prague will put you in buildings filled mostly with students and they will also be more budget-friendly, although you may not have as much privacy or convenience as you would with some of the other housing options in Prague. 

Signing a rental contract 

The other obvious option is renting your own flat in Prague or teaming up with some fellow students to find a flat that you’ll have all to yourselves. With this option, you will deal directly with the landlord and you will agree on the terms of the contract with that person. Depending on what you’re looking for, looking for flats to rent like this can be tricky as the descriptions can be confusing. 

If you’re alone, your cheapest option will most likely be a studio. If you’re looking for more space, familiarize yourself with the different types of flats available. For example, 1+kk means one room plus a kitchen, 2+1 means two rooms and one of them most likely includes a kitchen, and so on. The first number is the number of rooms, kk means kitchen, and if it’s simply a +1 at the end, the kitchen is usually included in one of the rooms mentioned in the first number. 

These flats can come furnished or unfurnished, equipped with washing machines or not, and so on, so it’s important to visit the flat and make sure it meets all your requirements before agreeing to anything or putting down any money. 

Flatshare

If you’re looking to meet people and you don’t mind sharing a living space with strangers, this is the best option for you to find a flat in Prague! With the amount of people moving all over the city, there’s bound to be a flatshare out there that’s perfect for you. 

Just be aware of what you’re looking for if you decide to go this route: some landlords won’t sign visa paperwork until after you’ve lived there for a few months, while others don’t even know the tenants are subletting rooms and you may not even sign a contract. On the one hand, this is great because it gives you the freedom to move out at the drop of a hat if you’re not happy in the place, but on the other it can also get you screwed over because your rights as a tenant are not respected. Be alert and make sure you feel comfortable when you’re asking all these questions before you agree to anything so there are no surprises later! 

 

How to find a flat in Prague

 

Now that you’re familiar with the different types of accommodation in Prague for students, let’s get into the hard stuff: actually finding a place to live. 

Join Facebook groups

Especially if you’re looking for a flatshare situation, this is going to be super helpful for you. Groups like “Flatshare in Prague” and the like get tons of new posts every day from people looking for new flatmates. Sometimes realtors will even post full flats available for rent in these groups. If you stay on top of those, you’re sure to find something that fits your needs. Just be sure to be friendly and polite when messaging people – the people living in the flat already have the right to choose whoever they want to move in with them, so give them a reason to pick you! If you’re not finding any accommodation posts that strike your fancy, you can also team up with other flatshare searchers and look together to make things easier.  

One thing to be careful of on Facebook: scams and fake offers. Be sure to check the Facebook profile of the person who posted the room and DO NOT under any circumstances send money in advance without making sure it is a real offer. If you need us to visit a flat for you, we will absolutely do so – just send us a direct message! 

There are many Facebook groups you can join to find a flat or a flatshare without any real estate agency fees. And, once you’ve found your flat in Prague, you can use these groups to easily find new flatmates, as well. Check out the following Facebook groups:

All these groups should have listings in English and are constantly updated, so be sure to turn on your notifications so you can stay in the know.

Websites

There are a ton of websites for flats in Prague and some of them are even specifically for listings with no commission. Here’s a list of websites you might want to check out:

If you don’t find anything on these websites particularly satisfying, there are always new listings popping up each day and there are so many more websites that will show up if you just give it a quick Google search! 

Ask around! 

Sometimes the best thing to do is to ask around to people you know who are already living in Prague! Chances are most people know someone who is moving or someone who has a free room they’re looking to rent out. Half the battle is just having the right luck. So, if you have friends, acquaintances, or other connections in Prague, don’t be afraid to reach out! Or, if you have friends who have studied abroad here before but are no longer in the city, ask them to send you some contacts. The people in Prague know how hard it is to find accommodation here, so no one is going to blame you for grasping at straws and most people are going to be willing to help. 

Contact a realtor

This is clearly a more expensive option to find a flat in Prague because it will involve a real estate commission fee, but sometimes when times get tough, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. If you get really desperate, you can always contact a real estate agency, such as Remax if you’re looking for an international and familiar name. Tell them your budget and what you’re looking for, and have them set up suitable viewings for you. All you have to do is show up to the viewings, decide yes or no, and pay them the commission fee once you settle on a place. 

With all these tips and tricks, finding a flat in Prague will be a much easier process for you. Just be sure to stay on top of your game and be prepared to commit to one you like fairly quickly, as flats go pretty quickly around here! If you have other tips, tricks or recommendations on how to find a flat in Prague, feel free to share them below.

Good luck and happy flat-hunting! 

OhMyPrague! team  – hello@ohmyprague.com

Prague Museums with free entry

One of the best things about being a student in Prague is the sheer amount of history that the city holds within every building and around every corner. Prague has such a rich and remarkable past that we can all learn from, and what better way to do that than to visit one of Prague’s many museums! As students in Prague, though, we know you’re on a budget, so we’ve put together the following list of museums in Prague with free entry for you to take in and enjoy: 

National Museum

The National Museum, which you will find perched at the top of Wenceslas Square right in the center of Prague, is the biggest and most famous museum in the city – so of course, as a student in Prague you will want to check it out! 

The National Museum has a wide selection of both long-term and short term exhibitions for you to enjoy. The current long-term exhibitions include displays of different aspects of Czech history, such as “Czech Folk Culture” and “Crossroads of Czech and Czechoslovak Statehood”, while the short-term exhibitions are subject to change pretty frequently so you’ll want to check their official website before your visit.

Now let’s get to the free stuff: the National Museum has free admission on the first Monday of each month, so be sure to take advantage of it during your semester in Prague! 

Lobkowicz Palace

The Lobkowicz Palace, located close to the Prague Castle, features exhibitions on the history of Europe through the lens of the prominent Lobkowicz family. The museum features artwork dating back to 700 years ago as well as family and royal portraits, porcelain, musical instruments and more. 

Students in Prague get a discount on admission to this museum anyway, but the museum is free of charge on the first Wednesday of every month. Check out their official website for more information.

National Gallery

The National Gallery is located in Prague 7, just across the river from Old Town. Students in Prague will be especially interested in this museum because of the variety of modern exhibitions it has to offer. 

The National Gallery’s most famous portion is the Trade Fair Palace, which houses modern Czech artwork dating from 1930 until the present day. The National Gallery has free admission every first Wednesday of the month from 3pm until 8pm. They also have a full list of special free admission days here. For other information, look at their official website.

Museum of Music

The Czech Museum of Music is part of the National Museum but is located near the Prague Castle. This museum will be of particular interest to art students in Prague, as you’ll be able to see historical musical instruments on display, as well as learn how music was written for these different instruments. You will even get to listen to some of the music that was composed with these instruments. 

The Museum of Music has free admission on the first Thursday of every month. For other information, check out their official website.

Prague Castle Picture Gallery

This museum in Prague, with the entrance located in the courtyard of the Prague Castle, contains the art collections of Emperor Rudolf II. It holds around 4000 paintings from renowned European artists from across the continent. Art students in Prague definitely won’t want to miss this one.

The Prague Castle Picture Gallery has free admission on Monday afternoons from 4pm until 6pm, so check it out for a couple hours after class! For more information, be sure to look at their official website.

Prague Museum Night

The National Museum organizes an event called Prague Museum Night, which typically takes place on the second Saturday in June. On Museum Night, the city of Prague opens 45 museums and galleries usually from 7 pm until 1 am all free of charge – and as a bonus, the transport lines between the museums are also free during that time. The program of events and museums on Museum Night can vary each year, so be sure to check their official website for information and to plan your own museum route for the night.

There are many other museums in Prague that have special free admissions days that aren’t quite as regular as these, so be sure to check the official websites for the museums that you’re specifically interested in! And even if you decide not to go on a free day, most of these museums have discounts for students in Prague – so either way, you’re getting a good deal. 

If you want to visit some museums but you’re not sure where to start or where the best deals are even after reading this list, we’ve got your back! We are starting to organize our own group trips to the museums so we can all take in some of Prague’s history and culture together, paid for by us. If you’re interested in joining us on these museum trips or you want to get updates, sign up here.

Any other museums you think are worth checking out for students in Prague? Feel free to comment below! 

5 essential apps for your semester in Prague

Mobile stores offer apps related to everything we need, but how do we choose the most useful ones? Well you’re in luck, because here we are with our subjective ranking of five essential apps to have during your semester in Prague. Journey planners, food ordering platforms, language translators, and more – all these apps are accessible for both Android and iPhone. 

Beer Guide Prague – Let’s be honest, beer is always a good idea. There’s no better way to spend the evening than with a cold one in front of you. Since you’re studying in the Czech Republic, it’s easy to find an appropriate pub – but if you want to try the real taste of the country, Beer Guide Prague is definitely the solution. This app offers several locations in each district so you can choose whatever you like, close to your accommodation or your favorite metro or tram line. Mobile data is not needed to search for names and addresses. – https://beerguideapps.com/prg

Wolt – When we talk about beer, it’s obvious that food is the next stop. Imagine the middle of the night, getting back home after a party to an empty fridge – it’s the worst. This is where Wolt comes in handy. You can order food from a variety of restaurants all over the city: Czech traditional dishes, pizza, after-party-special kebabs, burgers, vegan food and much more. No worries and no need to even leave your home. The app allows payment by card. It’s also worth mentioning Wolt’s competitor: DameJidlo. Wolt’s delivery is usually faster and a tiny bit more expensive, but they also have more options than DameJidlo. – http://wolt.cz

DPP Info – This app is fully up-to-date with the Prague Public Transit Company schedules. Google Maps sometimes is not enough, considering there can be reroutes based on events or construction going on during your semester in Prague. DPP Info provides information about every piece of transportation and traffic in the city. Say goodbye to being lost or late. – DPP INFO

Duolingo – Dictionaries are definitely not the best solution when you need something more than dobrý den and děkuji. Google Translate helps, but it’s still not the best option. Have you ever thought about actually learning Czech? Duolingo is the solution for all you students willing to improve your language skills during your semester abroad in Prague. The app includes tests, word puzzles, and exercises that avoid boring, theoretical knowledge. It’s available in English and a few more tongues with courses not only in Czech, but in whatever language you prefer! – https://www.duolingo.com/

Like A Local – And last but not least, this application covers everything you need to know about tourist traps, local social life, recommended restaurants, pubs, and other cool spots. Like A Local gives you the opportunity to discuss and learn about the Prague experience with foreigners and, of course, locals. What’s more, this app is also available in many other cities, perfect for your weekend trips while you’re studying in Prague! – https://www.spottedbylocals.com/prague/

Have another helpful app you think we should add to this list? Let us know in the comments below!