If you have trouble getting settled or are worried about the initial adjustment of your first few days studying abroad in Prague, we're here to help. Here's what you need to know:
Before You Go Abroad:
Finding and selecting an apartment can be really stressful, especially when it comes to picking a location. Most people want to live in Prague 1, but Prague 1 is honestly huge. There is a bridge separating two parts of Prague 1, one that has the Anglo-American University and the other being Old Town Square which is the center of Prague. This is where you will find a ton of clubs and restaurants. No matter where you live, you will definitely have a long walk somewhere. Whether you would rather that somewhere be the clubs or school is personal preference. When looking for apartments, definitely check out Study Abroad Apartments!
If you are really picky about your comforter and sheets, definitely bring your favorites with you because there won't be much of a selection once you arrive in Prague. Bring pillows if you’re picky because places like Tesco and H&M do not have the types of pillows that you’re looking for.
Upon Your Arrival:
Definitely try to sleep as much as you possibly can on the plane ride to Prague, because everyone is going to expect you to hit the ground running and you don’t want to be exhausted.
The first thing you should do when you arrive is unpack. The sooner your stuff is out of your suitcase, the sooner you start to feel settled in.
While you might think to avoid the tram during your first few days out of intimidation, we don't recommend that. It’s so important to get used to the tram system because it really is such an easy way to get around. It takes a couple times to figure out your stop and where to get on and off, but once you know the small details it’s easy.
During Your First Few Days:
Everything that people say about being shocked by the difference in atmosphere and culture in Europe is completely true. In your first few days, you'll realize that it is absolutely necessary to say hi, bye, and thank you in Czech to avoid giving stand-offish vibes (děkuji – thank you, ahoj - friendly hello, Dobrý den – formal hello). Do not be offended if the waiters, employees at stores, and other locals you may encounter are not warm towards you. They most likely will not be and that, again, is just due to the difference in culture.
No matter how you feel before going, just know that it is normal to be emotional and even anxious. You will warm up to the idea of being in a different country and you will definitely love Prague within hours of being there.