06
NOV
2013

Living in Prague

Thinking about living in Prague and working as an English teacher? Read the following tips on housing opportunities in Prague.

So you moved to Prague with the intention of only staying for the duration of your TEFL course but the beautiful city grabbed you by its claws and isn’t letting you go. Same thing happened to me 2 years ago. So now it’s time to search for a flat and start living in Prague on my own. I’ll break it down by neighborhood. Prague 1 Living in the center, right in the middle of the action, sounds great right? Think again. When I first moved here, I thought I hit the jackpot when I found a flat right on Malostranska, and while the close proximity to public transport was nice, the noise was not. Living in the center will be very expensive, the noise will be crazy loud, and anything you plan on doing in your neighborhood will put a huge dent on your wallet. As everything in the center is geared to tourists, food and drink will inevitably double in price, and you will be hard pressed to really get the authentic feel of living as a local. Prague 1 is the ideal location to stay if you have 1 week holiday in Prague. However, if you plan on staying here long term- I’d highly suggest the following… Prague 2 Ah, Zizkov. This is ex-pat haven. Filled with piles of dog excretion, loaded with cheap pubs and food, housing one of the busiest beer gardens in the city, I present to you the wonderful land of Zizkov. Those who move to Zizkov, refuse to live in any other district of Prague. You are centrally located; the buildings are beautifully old and exuding character, and the choice of flats is abundant and within a good price range. Personally, I would rate this district in one of the top 3 for living.

No matter what neighborhood you end up choosing, my biggest recommendation is that for a teacher, you choose somewhere very close to public transport. Relatively speaking, Prague isn’t a huge city, so anywhere you go won’t be more than 30-45 minutes travel time. However, if you live somewhere not within access to good public transport, travel time will increase drastically. And trust me, as a travelling teacher; it’s not ideal in snowy, cold weather.