Moving to the Czech Republic (housing, education and medical costs)

The Czech Republic has a number of attributes that make it attractive to foreign corporate and individual investors, not the least of which are its investment incentives, low taxes, strategic location and affordable cost of living.

Housing, education and medical costs are all essential considerations that dramatically affect the cost of living and quality of life in any country. So, just how affordable is the Czech Republic?

Cost of living in the Czech Republic

According to Numbeo, one of the world´s largest databases focusing on cost-of-living expenses, Prague ranks 343rd out of 590 cities in the world in the Cost-of-Living Index. Brno ranks 361st, followed by Ostrava at 383rd.

Cost of living index

New York 100
Paris 83.19
Munich 77.58
London 70.64
Berlin 67.96
Vienna 67.54
Barcelona 60.19
Liublana 56.40
Prague 51.57
Brno 49.48
Bratislava 49.41
Budapest 46.02
Warsaw 43.32

Source: Numbeo, 2022

Housing

The costs of short-term serviced apartments, which can be used as temporary accommodation, vary from EUR 1,000 to EUR 3,000 per month depending on location and the scope of provided services.

Average monthly rental costs

Studio flat

Two-bedroom flat

Prague
EUR 455 EUR 1,088
Brno
EUR 395 EUR 795
Ostrava
EUR 273 EUR 643

Note: Prices of furnished and unfurnished apartments excl. utilities

Source: Sreality.cz, 2022.

Education

Needless to say, school is very important. It is not only a place for education, but also for students to socialise and build a network of peers, which leads to good physical and mental health.

Education at public schools/preschools is free of charge in the Czech Republic. Students are required to speak Czech in order to enrol. For expat students who do not speak Czech, international schools/preschools can be a perfect solution. Average annual tuition of private international schools/preschools (for ages range 3-18) cost from approx. EUR 5,000 to 20,000 in Prague, Brno and Ostrava.

The Czech education system

Pre-primary education

2 to 5 years old
Primary and lower secondary education 6 to 15 years old
Upper secondary education - high schools, grammar schools, colleges and training colleges 16 to 19 years old
Higher education - universities 19 years old and above

Healthcare

Czech citizens, permanent residents, EU nationals and those contributing to the public healthcare system are entitled to medical care in the Czech Republic (which is funded by mandatory health-insurance contributions). Moreover, there are many private health-insurance plans available for those who need them (e.g. third-country nationals who are not employed in the Czech Republic).

The average annual price of comprehensive private health insurance varies from approximately EUR 1,000 to EUR 1,700, depending on the age of the insured person, level of coverage, insurance policy, etc.

If you are seeking individualised healthcare and a language you are familiar with, you can also register at private medical facilities in the Czech Republic. The annual membership fees at such facilities vary from approximately EUR 400 to EUR 4,000 depending on the facility and the scope of provided services.

Timur Zaslavsky 
Managing Director 
TIFRA