Guaranteed, Independent Housing
UPCES students pick shared apartments ("flats") in Prague shortly after arrival. Apartment options are recommended by the program and are located throughout the center sections of Prague.
The UPCES housing process is designed for students to experience the independence of city life in Prague and to acquire greater immersion in Czech culture. UPCES guarantees housing for all students.
UPCES tuition does not include housing costs. Rather, students pay rent to one of the program's trusted real estate agencies. Housing costs for a full semester average approximately $2,000 per student (for a double-occupancy bedroom in a downtown apartment). Prices vary between housing options.
For more details, view the UPCES Estimated Expenses Sheet
The Housing Process
The step-by-step housing process is listed below:
- UPCES students stay in reserved rooms in the Hotel Prokopka upon arrival in Prague*
- As part of UPCES Orientation, students learn about UPCES pre-approved apartments across the city center**
- Students meet one another and attend tours of the various apartments
- The UPCES staff is available to attend tours and answer questions
- Featured apartments offer a variety of location, size, and price
- Students usually move into shared apartments located around the center of Prague within a few days of arrival
- All apartments are fully furnished and include internet connection, kitchenware, bedding, towels, and household appliances
- Students sign a pro-rated contract for their exact length of stay
"I loved living independently in Prague with new friends. All of the flats we lived in were in fantastic locations; I shared so many great memories with my flatmates, and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to experience Prague."
-Mimi, UPCES Spring '12. View more "Student Stories" here.
Standard of Apartments
UPCES works with realtors to provide comfortable, centrally-located apartments for UPCES students. The apartments vary in rental price and size, but most include 2-3 bedrooms, a living room, a full kitchen, a full bathroom, and a half bathroom. All apartments are fully furnished and include internet connection, kitchenware, bedding, towels, and household appliances. They are all tastefully decorated in styles ranging from classic European to modern. Take a look at the pictures below (and the links to a Facebook photo album) for examples of apartments that are commonly available to UPCES students:
*UPCES tuition covers three nights in the Hotel Prokopka. The vast majority of students move into their flats after this period. Students wishing to stay in the Hotel Prokopka for additional nights may do so for approximately $30/night.
**Approved flats are offered by several agencies. Each agency specializes in short-term flat rentals for international customers. They provide English speaking agents, clear and legal contracts, and fair payment conditions. The UPCES program trusts these agencies and discourages students from seeking flats elsewhere without prior notice.