When searching for a place to live, some important factors to consider are safety, location preference and individual needs. Depending on your preferences, you may want to find a place close to a school, church, transportation, shops, medical facilities, work and most importantly an area that is secure and safe. Choosing the right place to live is essential to having a pleasant and safe stay in Prague.
Your family's size and needs will most likely determine where you choose to live. In the beginning, expats typically decide to live in the City Centre to be in the middle of all the action. But after six months or so, they tend to get tired of it and look for something in a more quiet area. Living in the City Center can get quite hectic and a couple of the less attractive sides are limited parking and the crowds of tourists. Generally expats will tend to move out of the city center to Prague 6 or Prague 4. These areas are nice and quiet and you can still get to the city center within 20 minutes. Some of the most popular neighborhoods for expats are listed below.
I. Prague 6 (Bubenec, Hanspaulka) - this is a green area with old villas from the 1930's. There are also many embassies, the British International School, and it is highly recommended for families.
II. Prague 6 (Nebusice, Horomerice) - this area is close to the International School of Prague. It is quiet and has family villas with gardens. This is also recommended for families.
III. Prague 1 (City Centre) - this area has a more cultural influence than other areas and is recommended for married couples without children or singles.
IV. Prague 2 (Vinohrady) - this area is more quiet than the city center, but is still within walking distance to the center. Most of the old apartment buildings have been renovated and there are many parks and shops close by. It is highly recommended for married couples without children or singles.
V. Prague 4 (Pruhonice) - this area has a beautiful park and castle and is close to the shopping center. This is a great area for families to live in.
For more assistance on neighborhoods, contact Crown Prague.
Most expatriates tend to rent their homes.
Typically, will I be required to pay additional money up front (such as a deposit) before moving into leased housing? If so, how much is common?
Typically, before moving into your new rental, you will be expected to pay one month's security deposit. In the case of a furnished apartment or house, there is usually a three month deposit required.
Utilities are generally extra and not included in the rental price, but this is sometimes negotiable.
Are there special security concerns I should be aware of in regards to my home or choice of neighborhood?
Generally, Prague is a safe place to live. However, as with most cities, some areas are more desirable than others. If you should have any questions or concerns, contact Crown Prague.
I’m not sure if I should bring my appliances. What is the electric current, Hz and plug shape in your city?
Please note that the kitchen is always fully equipped with a dishwasher, stove, oven, fridge and freezer. The washer and dryer are usually included too, or is at least negotiable. The electric current for the Czech Republic is 220-230 volts and the electrical Hertz (Hz) is 50 hertz of power. It is the standard European system: standard plug, TV connection and PAL system.
Below is an example of the type of plug that is used in the Czech Republic:
Type E - Round pin plug and receptacle with male grounding pin
NOTE: Type E receptacles will also accept Type C plugs.
Type E plugs will also work in Type F receptacles.
Type C - Round pin attachment plug
Type F - "Schuko" plug and receptacle with side grounding contacts
For assistance with home searches, please contact Crown Prague.
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