Living in Olomouc

Palacký University Olomouc, as well as Olomouc city, offer a variety of centres and midpoints where students, academic workers, guests, and the general public can learn and improve on the basis of educational, cross-cultural, multi-lingual and self-growth abilities, skills and habits for the journey of studies, work or life growth.

Dormitories

University students, employees and guests can choose from a variety of apartments and dormitories recommended by the university or they can reach for real estate agencies with individual preferences and requirements. It is possible to see the current state of every university type of accommodation as it is all digitalized through a virtual tour.

Accommodation campuses

Accommodation facilities of Palacký University Olomouc have two main campuses, two dormitories outside the main area, and one hostel for university guests. Two main campuses are The Envelopa Campus and The Neředín Campus. Both campuses have specific characteristics based on the needs of students. The Envelopa Campus is closer to the downtown of Olomouc, whereas the Neředín Campus is on the outskirts.

 

Once you arrive at the dormitories, you will be asked to sign a housing contract and pay a deposit for the accommodation. However, it does not have to be paid immediately. You can pay the deposit within the first week. Make sure you pay all the costs (deposit and monthly rent) on time, or you will be put on a list of debtors, which can result in eviction.

 

The information about university housing options can be found at Accommodation and Dining page. If you are interested in booking a room at the dormitories, we recommend you visit the Accommodation Booking

Obligatory waste management municipal fee

It is obligatory for all foreigners staying in Olomouc for more than 90 days to pay the waste management municipal fee. 

This responsibility does not apply to students under 26 years of age staying at the UP dormitory (if you are staying in a flat, the fee is usually included in the rent, but check with your landlord to make sure).

If it is mandatory for you to pay the waste management municipal fee, please download the form and carefully read all the information. In 2023, the fee is 804 CZK per year.

How to do it:
1. step
- Fill out the form 

2. step - send the form as an attachment and the text below as the corpus of the email to address: podatelna@olomouc.eu

  • text for the e-mail (in Czech)

3. step - Wait for a response stating the amount and the payment method, and follow the instruction.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Municipality Office, Waste management office at 14 Palackého Street, NAMIRO building.

Housing and apartments

As the dormitories can accommodate only a limited number of students, there is also an option to rent a shared room or an apartment in the private sector. Sometimes students also reach for this option as it meets their specific accommodation preferences. It is usual for students to rent a whole apartment with their university colleagues and friends, so the rent for every member is comparable with the dormitory.

Students, academics and guests can reach out to several real estate agencies operating in Olomouc. Some groups and websites help international people with valuable information regarding accommodation or finding roommates and friends. We include links to real estate agencies, Facebook groups and hotel options in Olomouc:

Obligatory waste management municipal fee

It is obligatory for all foreigners staying in Olomouc for more than 90 days to pay the waste management municipal fee. 

This responsibility does not apply to students under 26 years of age staying at the UP dormitory (if you are staying in a flat, the fee is usually included in the rent, but check with your landlord to make sure).

If it is mandatory for you to pay the waste management municipal fee, please download the form and carefully read all the information. In 2023, the fee is 804 CZK per year.

How to do it:
1. step
- Fill out the form 

2. step - send the form as an attachment and the text below as the corpus of the email to address: podatelna@olomouc.eu

  • text for the e-mail (in Czech)

3. step - Wait for a response stating the amount and the payment method, and follow the instruction.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Municipality Office, Waste management office at 14 Palackého Street, NAMIRO building.

 

Facebook groups

Canteens and dining options

The Czech Republic has several typical foods that may surprise international visitors. However, the cuisine of the Czech Republic is quite all-embracing and foreign people can reach for almost all types of foods in Olomouc. Palacký University Olomouc usually provides students with canteens within a few minutes from dormitories, so they do not have to struggle to search for their favourite diner. There are also many restaurants in Olomouc that, in addition to the standard all-day menu, offer daily lunch menus at affordable prices. We present some dining options concerning UP canteens, restaurants, cafes and bistros.

UP canteens

Canteens supervised under the administration of Palacký University Olomouc offer a wide range of hot meals featuring Czech and foreign cuisine. Canteens also provide baked pizzas and variations of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free meals. Students, academic workers and guests are able to choose between soups, salads, desserts and current canteen offerings. Personnel of canteen is also able to wrap the meal for take away.

Apart from canteens, you can also enjoy Fresh UP bistros. The good news is that you can use your ISIC card to pay in the bistros, the same as at the canteens. A list of all canteens and more information on how to order a meal is provided on the website of UP canteens.

Restaurants and cafes

Olomouc is a city that thrives thanks to its complex structure of restaurants and cafés. As it composes of a great variety of restaurants and cafes, it would be surprising if one would not find nourishment regarding their preferences. You can reach for TripAdvisor to see some of the most popular places.        

We are presenting some of the restaurants, cafes and other options to satisfy the appetite of every type of customer. If you prefer to stay in and enjoy a calm evening or weekend, you can always order food and groceries online.

Tips for restaurants

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Online food delivery

Bank account services

Some foreign people must open a bank account to receive a payment or a scholarship from a university. It is possible to choose from several banks in the Czech Republic. To open a bank account, you must provide all the documents in English or Czech.

Requirements for EU residents

If you are an EU resident, it is recommended that you have all the documents prepared in English or Czech (so that the process of opening a bank account does not meet any inconsistencies).

Be prepared to provide:

  • Passport
  • Mobile phone (Czech number)
  • E-mail address
  • Place of birth
  • Permanent address (home country)
  • Contact address in the Czech Republic (for credit card delivery)
  • Proof of studies not older than 30 days

Requirements for non-EU residents

If you are non-EU resident, it is recommended that you have all the documents prepared in English or Czech (so that the process of opening a bank account does not meet any inconsistencies).

Be prepared to provide:

  • Passport
  • Mobile phone (Czech number)
  • E-mail address
  • Place of birth
  • Permanent address (home country)
  • Contact address in the Czech Republic (for credit card delivery)
  • Proof of studies not older than 30 days
  • D visa or Permanent/ Long-term residence permit

If you are waiting for a residence document receival, you need a confirmation of fulfillment of the conditions for issuing a long-term residence permit (issued by the MOI) - this confirmation must not be older than 65 days.

Mobile phone services

The Czech Republic has a wide range of mobile phone service providers. Some of them are more popular and desirable to customers than others. The main difference lies in their tariff options. Sometimes it is required to possess a Czech number to open a bank account, make an appointment, communicate with national authorities, or order online. However, if a customer has a SIM card from any other European Union country and does not need to do the mentioned actions above, there should not be any inconsistencies with the drawing of the services set by the preferable provider from another country.

How to acquire a Czech SIM card?

The process of acquiring a Czech SIM card is simple. A customer should be able to provide some of the documents declaring his identity and further information to the mobile phone services provider. It is also possible to buy pre-paid SIM cards from newsagents and supermarkets that provide some amount of internet data and calling minutes. The costs of pre-paid SIM cards and monthly tariffs may not be the same. It also depends on the amount of internet data and calling minutes. Average tariff costs are between 400 to 1000 CZK per month.

Mobile phone providers

These are three main providers in the Czech Republic:

Examples of smaller operating services:

Driving Licence

The following part contains information about the conditions and obligations of foreign nationals for using a driving licence in the Czech Republic.

I don’t have a driving licence

As a foreigner, you can apply for a driving licence in the Czech Republic. Firstly, you need to attend a course at a driving school. The course and the final exam usually can be passed also in English, Russian or German. You can apply for a course at driving school if you

  • are over 18 years of age
  • fill in the official application form at a driving school
  • bring the medical report on your fitness to drive a motor vehicle

After you finish the course and pass the exam, you can apply for a driving licence. The licence is issued at the municipal office of the municipality with extended powers according to your place of residence. A list of all 206 authorities can be found here.

Conditions for issuing a driving licence

  1. identity card
  2. document proving your usual residence (= place, where you live at least 185 days a year due to personal ties). This you can confirm by:
  • confirmation of temporary stay
  • certificate of study
  • lease agreement for real estate
  • extract from the real estate cadastre confirming ownership rights to the real estate
  • confirmation of employment or extract from the trade register
  1. proof of professional competence issued by the driving school (not older than 6 months)
  2. medical report on your fitness to drive a motor vehicle
  3. driving licence (if you just need to extend your driving licence for another type of vehicle)

Usually, within 20 days after the application is submitted, you will get an international driving licence, which is valid in the territory of the European Union and European Economic Area countries and other states according to international agreements.

If you apply for a driving licence of categories B, B1, AM, A1, A2, A or T, the licence will be valid for 10 years. If you apply for a driving licence of categories C1, C, D1, D, C1+E, C+E, D1+E or D+E, the licence will be valid for 5 years.

More information about the whole process you will find here.

I already have a driving licence

EU Citizens

In the Czech Republic, you can use your valid national driving licence, only if you:

  • are a citizen of the member country of the European Union (EU)
  • possess a driving licence from the EU
  • have a place of residence in the Czech Republic

You can apply at the relevant office of the municipality for a driving licence in the Czech Republic, which would replace your driving licence in the EU.

Non-EU Citizens
A holder of a valid driving licence issued by a foreign country may drive in the Czech Republic with

A. foreign driving licence, which

  • is issued under the Convention on Road Traffic (Geneva 1949, Vienna 1968)
  • is valid

If you have a driving licence corresponding to the above conditions issued by the non-EU country and you have permanent or temporary residence in the Czech Republic for a period longer than 1 year, you have to ask the relevant office to replace your driving licence with the Czech one. This step has to be done from your side within 3 months of the day when the mentioned type of residence was permitted to you. If your licence doesn’t correspond to the Conventions, you have to visit the Department of the Agenda of Drivers and Motor Vehicles of the municipal office of the municipality with extended powers. Office workers will discuss the issue with you and ask you to do a final exam in the driving school. It means that you don’t have to attend the whole course, just the exam. After you pass it, you can get a Czech driving licence.

B. international driving licence, which

  • is issued under the Convention on Road Traffic (Geneva 1949, Vienna 1968)
  • is valid

If there are doubts about the validity of the driving licence from the side of the office of the municipality with extended powers, the office will contact the representative of the country, where the licence was issued.

I want to replace my driving licence

You can ask for a replacement if:

  • your licence was damaged, stolen, destroyed, or lost – note that only Czech and international driving licences (issued by the member state of the European Union or the European Economic Area) can be replaced in the Czech Republic; in case of foreign driving licence, you have to contact the embassy of the state in which the driving licence was issued
  • the validity of your current licence will expire within 3 months or has already expired
  • you have changed the data recorded in the licence (i.e. change of surname)
  • the foreign driving licence was issued by a foreign country and you have permanent or temporary residence in the Czech Republic for a period longer than 1 year – this is a mandatory step!
  • your driving licence was issued by a member state of the European Union or the European Economic Area and you have a usual residence in the territory of the Czech Republic – see international driving licence – the replacement isn’t mandatory
  • your driving licence, which was issued by a member state of the European Union or the European Economic Area, was damaged, stolen, destroyed or lost and you have your usual residence in the Czech Republic

Replacement of driving licence

The application for the replacement of your driving licence has to be submitted in person at the municipal office of the municipality with extended powers according to your place of residence. A list of all 206 authorities can be found here. In Olomouc, the replacement is done by the Department of the Agenda of drivers and Motor Vehicles at Vejdovského Street 2, 2nd floor. The fees you can pay at the cash office at the same address. More information about opening hours can be found here.

For the replacement of the driving licence, you have to bring the following documents:

  • identity card
  • document proving your usual residence
  • filled and signed driving issue application – should be provided in the municipal office of the municipality with extended powers or printed by the officer, when dealing with the issue
  • the driving licence, the replacement of which is requested

If you apply for a driving licence of categories B, B1, AM, A1, A2, A or T, the licence will be valid for 10 years. If you apply for a driving licence of categories C1, C, D1, D, C1+E, C+E, D1+E or D+E, the licence will be valid for 5 years.

More information about the whole process of replacement of the driving licence in the Czech Republic can be found on the Portal of the Ministry.

Fees

When changing the data in the driving licence, the administrative fee is 200 CZK. Your new driving licence will be ready within 20 days. If the application is required to be processed within 5 working days, the administrative fee is 700 CZK. There is no charge for issuing a new driving licence if the licence expires. If your Czech or international driving licence was damaged, lost, stolen or destroyed, the fee for the new licence is 200 CZK. If you would like to replace your Czech or international driving licence, the fee is also 200 CZK. However, if you are obliged to replace your foreign driving licence, as mentioned above,there is no fee included.

In Olomouc, all fees can be paid at the cash office at Vejdovského Street 2.

Living costs in the Czech Republic

It is possible to declare that the Czech Republic is, comparing living costs among other EU countries, affordable. Living costs in the Czech Republic may differ mainly because of a different location, spending habits, accommodation choices and lifestyle. Still, the average range of living costs is between 7 500 and 17 000 CZK per month, including meals, accommodation, public transport and culture.

To see up to date what costs how much visit the Numbeo webpage which provides overview for Olomouc as well as other cities and also comparison of prizes.

Student Card

The ISIC (International Student Identity Card) card is the most practical item for all students. It allows cardholders to get student discounts for transport, restaurants, cinemas, museums, exhibitions and concerts. In principle, students coming to Czechia should obtain an ISIC card at their home university or in their home country.

More details on how to obtain the ISIC at Palacký University can be found at the ID Cards section. It is also possible to apply for the ISIC card at the official ISIC website.

Food and drinks

Lunch in a students' canteen

around 120 CZK

Pizza in a pizzeria

around 180 CZK

Restaurant meal (daily offer/menu)

around 150 CZK

Beer at a pub              

around 45 CZK

Public transport – city trams and buses

For more information, please see part ''Public transport''.

Entertainment

Cinema ticket                          

around 200 CZK

Theatre ticket

100–500 CZK

Museum admission

from 40 CZK

Job opportunities

Degree students (Bachelor’s or Master’s students) are allowed to do temporary work (part-time job) for up to 300 hours per a year. Other international students (non-EU) are required to hold a work permit to undertake paid work of any kind.

Exchange students who are less than 26 years old are allowed to do temporary work up to 300 hours per a year provided they do not work longer than 7 days in sequence or a max. 30 days in a calendar year.

Labour office

The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs manages two employment search portals:

  1. Labour Office – jobs for foreigners is a national register for job vacancies managed by the Labour office. Database search
  2. The basic role of EURES network (EURopean Employment Services) is to facilitate the international mobility of workforce. Database search

Job servers

Besides the Labour Office attempting to accumulate all job vacancies – as listed below – there is no central registry you can go to, to learn about job openings. Perhaps the most comprehensive is the English version of the jobs.cz server.

Other popular job search servers include expats.cz/jobsjobspin.cz and acjobs.cz for more multilingual jobs, executivejob.cz for management career opportunities, itjobs.cz for IT professionals and global monster.cz. Job vacancies for (not only) French-speakers are also available through a project of the French Embassy czechemploi.fr.

Social media groups

Opportunities offered through social media are also worth mentioning. Job-seeking Facebook groups for foreigners in Czechia such as „Jobs for foreigners in the Czech Republic“ or „Remote jobs for foreigners in Czech Republic“ could be helpful as well.

Czech Language Courses

If you are a student at our university, there are seminars you can attend, get credits, and learn Czech Language. 

List of language courses

There is also a Center for Support of Integration of Foreigners which offers language courses for free.

Each faculty offers classes of foreign languages. Philology departments, in particular, also provide courses for students of other departments and faculties.

UPLIFT Language School, part of the Faculty of Arts also offers comprehensive language courses in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian, and also more exotic languages such as Portuguese, Swedish, Ukrainian, Dutch, Croatian, Japanese, Chinese and Greek, along with Vietnamese, Indonesian, Hebrew, and many more.

Public transport

Olomouc transportation is managed by a complex network of tram and bus lines. Tram lines transport passengers around the central parts of the city, whereas bus lines expand transport to peripheral parts, where there are no tram rails. In some instances of line exclusion, buses replace the trams.

The major operator is Olomouc Public Transport Company (Dopravní podnik města Olomouce, DPMO). For the timetables, tickets, fares, etc., please see the website of DPMO. You can also search your connections in the Integrated Transport System (IDOS.cz).

More information about tickets, main routes, etc. at the Arrival to UP section.

Sockets and Plugs

If you are coming to the Czech Republic from far away, it is possible that the electricity sockets and plugs in your country are not compatible with those in the Czech Republic. Here is a picture showing which plugs and sockets are used in the Czech Republic.

Most of the shops with electronic devices sell some kind of reduction so it should not be hard to obtain one that would fit your plug.

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