Welcome to Jake’s Guide to Prague for Dummies where you’ll find the greatest tips and tricks to make the most of your study abroad in this gothic city. Let’s get started!
1. Uber is the way to go. It is way cheaper than taxis and all the uber drivers I’ve had have been incredibly friendly and helpful. Whether you’re running late to class or coming home after a night out, take an Uber!
2. Make the most of the beer. It is so so so so so good. Beer in Prague and Europe in general is just so much better than American beer. And it’s also incredibly cheap. When they say that beer is cheaper than water here, it really is a lot of the time. For a dollar to a dollar fifty, you can grab half a litre of refreshing and tasty beer. Speaking of cheap…
3. Eat out. While buying groceries and cooking is even cheaper, food in Prague is very affordable if you avoid the tourist areas. Personally, I don’t think I have been in a place that has had food this cheap before. I can grab a high quality steak at a pretty fancy place for around 15 dollars which is a super good price especially compared to New York.
4. All NYU dorms are good. While Osadni is a little further out, all the music students live there because of the music practice rooms so it’s always lively and fun. The community at Machova and Slezska is also great so you can’t really go wrong with any of the three choices. While there is a tendency to hang out only with those in your dorm, you get so incredibly close with the people you live with. At least from what I saw, you’re not only living with them but you end up travelling with them too. If you’re living in Slezska, there is a superb market across the street from Wednesdays to Saturdays which has really good locally grown produce and delicious burgers too.
5. Travel. One of the best things about Prague is the ability to travel outside of Prague. Its prime location makes many major European cities accessible through a cheap bus or train. The Czech Republic itself has great locations to visit also like Česky Krumlov or Brno. NYU have some organised trips which you can sign up for at the beginning of the semester so be aware of that! The sign ups literally fill up within minutes so make sure you know what time they are. If you’re planning on flying, make sure you have a carry on suitcase that complies with the size limit. Budget airlines are incredibly strict on size restrictions so measure your suitcase ahead of time!
6. Rent a bike. If you read my first blog post, you’ll know that on the first or second day of being here, my roommate and I decided to acquire bikes and ride them around the city. It’s a great way to get a quick snapshot of the city to get yourself acclimated to the architectural beauty that exists here. Some of the streets are quite steep though so make sure you’re fairly fit!
7. Explore. If you’re planning on travelling a lot, it’s pretty easy to neglect exploring Prague. Take time out of your day to wander the city as it’s definitely a city you need to walk around in to find all the hidden gems. Head into the city earlier before class or stay around after class to wander and roam.
All in all, Prague is a pretty easy place to live in. People are generally quite friendly, everything is very cheap and the nightlife is great also. Make the most of your time here and try not to stay in your dorm room. Good luck and have a great semester!