Let’s talk about one of the most important aspects of moving to a new city: Finding a place to live. It’s definitely one of the more challenging things to do, especially in a foreign city where they speak a foreign language.

It’s not always easy being somewhere where you don’t speak the local language and trying to negotiate a rental contract. Luckily though, when you’re looking for an apartment to rent in Prague the landlords do for the most part speak English – or at least enough for you to communicate with them. There are also lots of foreign investors in Prague who own property so they usually speak English as well.

In this post, we’re going to share with you everything you need to know about apartments for rent in Prague and the best ways to find them. 

Let’s dive in!

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Everything you need to know about renting an apartment in Prague

Depending on where you come from, some things are likely a little different in Prague than what you’re used to when it comes to renting an apartment.

In this post, we’ve covered everything you need to know plus how to find an apartment and what to expect. This way you’ll hopefully have everything covered and no unexpected surprises will come your way.

Different types of rental options in Prague

Photo of beautiful apartments in Prague.

When it comes to finding an apartment to rent you basically have two options: Finding a room or finding an apartment. Renting a room is often the easier option and it requires less of a commitment as apartments often have a 12-month contract included.

In terms of what you can expect to pay, it varies a lot depending on what neighbourhood you move into and how many roommates you have. Rooms often go for around 8.000 – 10.000 CZK whereas apartments go for around 18.000 – 30.000 CZK.

From our own personal experience (and the experiences of our expat friends), most expats share apartments with other expats. For the most part, it’s just easier this way and it saves you a lot of money to have a flatmate. And what better way is there to share your experiences abroad than by living with a friend who’s experiencing the same thing?

Also, if one of you decides to move out, you can find another expat to take over the room. And it’s so easy to just pay the person you’re swapping rooms with a part of their damage deposit back and usually buy all their furniture from them for cheap.

Finding a room to rent in Prague

Finding a room in Prague is actually a lot easier than in a lot of other places in Europe because of the number of expats living here. Most likely your budget will allow you to live in most areas because it’s quite affordable compared to other capital cities in Europe so you should have plenty of options when searching for a room.

If you’re looking for just a room in a shared flat, then that’s quite easy within the Language House community (how I ended up in Prague) or in some of the Facebook groups. Search in Flatshare Prague or Apartments for rent in Prague Facebook. You can always put some feelers out into those Facebook groups and see if someones looking for a new roomie.

If you do take the Language House course, we recommend posting in the alumni group first. That way you’ll find people that are more or less doing the same thing as you and they might turn into great friends.

It seems like no matter the time of year there’s always someone looking for a new flatmate. From our experience, all we can say is don’t rush it. If you’re not 100% sold on the room and the apartment, don’t take it. Something else will come up.

Finding your own apartment in Prague to rent

If you’re looking for an apartment for yourself or fr you and your partner/friend there are a few options. We usually use Bez Realitky because there’s no realty fee on this website.

There’s also S Reality where they show all the available flats in Prague by the specific area. It makes it easy to filter which areas you like or don’t like. Unfortunately, on this site, though most apartments charge a 1 monthly realty fee for showing you the place. Not ideal but that’s the way it is!

Two other things you want to take into consideration as well when looking for an apartment are the layout and type of apartment as well as the neighbourhood. We’ll cover both below starting with the terminology!

Apartment terminology – what do you need to know?

Beautiful apartment in Vinohrady, Prague.

Speaking of apartments, let’s talk about the terminology for a second… We were so confused the first time we saw all these ads for different apartments. They all said “2kk”, “1+kk”, “2+1”, and we had no idea what this all meant. 

Don’t worry! We’ve figured it out by now and can share the magical translation of what this all means into English for when you look for an apartment. 

Apartments in the Czech Republic have some specifics when it comes to their description. They do not word their flats as “2-bedroom flats” or “studios”. They have 2+1 and 1+kk. WHAT? Let us explain…

There are 2 parts of the apartment size that you should understand: The ones that end in + a number and the ones that end in +kk. It’s actually fairly simple once you understand.

Let’s take 2+1 as the first example:

  • The first number (2) means how many rooms there are in the apartment in total. It includes both the bedrooms and the living rooms. Most flats in Prague will mostly have 2 bedrooms.
  • The second number after the plus (1) indicates the number of kitchens. It is common for Czech apartments and houses to have only one kitchen.
  • In this case, it could be one bedroom and one living room and a kitchen or it could be two bedrooms and a kitchen. You can look at the images of the apartments to figure out which one it is.

You may also come across some flats that have +kk instead of a number. Kk stands for kuchyňský kout = kitchen corner. That means that the kitchen is not a separate room and the whole cooking area is placed in one of the rooms. This is quite often when the kitchen and the living room are connected.

So, let’s say you have a 2+kk:

  • That means you have 1 bedroom and 1 room which happens to have a cooking area in it as well. So basically you would have 1 bedroom and 1 living room with a kitchen attached to it. 
  • If you’re looking at a studio you’d be looking for a 1+kk, your bedroom area and kitchen would all be in one room.
  • When you are looking for an apartment, make sure you consider the size of the apartment in square meters, too. If you are not sure how the metric system works, you may use Google to convert the numbers to square feet or whatever system you’re used to.
  • For example a 72 m2 (square meters) apartment will convert to 775 f2 (square feet).

The different neighborhoods in Prague

Beautiful row of apartments in Vinohrady Prague.

One thing you’ll likely want to consider when looking for a place to live in is the neighbourhood. We have some neighbourhoods that we absolutely love and have lived in in the past that we can recommend to you.

The list below is to give you a bit of an idea of where you may want to live. All of these areas are expat-friendly and we’ve either lived there ourselves or have friends who at some point in time used to live there.

Prague 1 – Old Town

(Downtown Prague)

Pros:

  • You’re in the middle of the city
  • Close to everything 
  • Public transport everywhere

Cons:

  • Not many parks nearby
  • Can be noisy
  • A bit more expensive

Prague 2 – Vinohrady

(This is where we lived recently)

Pros:

Cons:

  • Apartments can be pricier

Prague 3 – Zizkov

Pros:

  • Expat community. This is where a lot of expats live
  • Close to JZP (Jiřího z Poděbrad) with lots of cafes, a park, and a farmers market
  • Close to the parks Riegrovy and Parkurarka
  • By the beloved TV tower

Cons:

  • It can get quite busy and noisy
  • Lots of traffic
  • Further down in Zizkov there are often homeless people walking around

Prague 7 – Holesovice

Pros:

  • Can find a bit cheaper rent than other parts of town
  • Close to Letna park and beer garden! Great place to spend time in the summer
  • Hip part of town close to good cafes and restaurants
  • Away from all the crowds and tourists

Cons:

  • A bit further away from the center than other neighborhoods
  • Less expat than other parts of town but still a young vibe

Prague 8 – Karlin

Pros:

Cons:

  • Can be hit or miss with the apartments. Some are still super old and run down

Other random things about renting an apartment in Prague

One thing that really stood out to us is that when you go look for an apartment lots of them will actually have agencies managing them. So basically, when you find a place you like you have to pay that agency a “1-month fee” for helping you find an apartment. That is IF you decide to move into that apartment.

So to save that “1-month fee” it’s a lot better if you can either take over someone else’s lease or just find a room for rent where you don’t have to pay that fee. 

It’s also to get a feel for the landlord because it’s really hit or miss in Prague. Some landlords are great, friendly, and super easy to deal with. On the other hand, some can be the complete opposite.

So if you know someone who lives in a building with a great landlord try and ask them to ask their landlord if they have a new unit up for rent in the near future.

If you’re going on a Zivno visa from the US, you’ll need your landlord’s help with their signature for your visa, so better find someone who’s willing to do that. Most landlords are willing to help you with this though. For more information on moving to Prague, check out our e-book.

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Summary of renting an apartment in Prague

It may seem like there’s a bunch to look over before finding a new place to live but it’s better to be over-prepared when it comes to finding a place to live. It’s a place where you spend a lot of your time so it’s good to do your research and pick a place you truly enjoy. 

Good luck with your apartment hunting in Prague and we hope you find a place that you truly love. If you have any questions about anything feel free to comment on the post or DM us on Instagram and we’ll get back to you right away!

Dom & Jo
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