Searching for sufficient and fair housing during an Erasmus stay is usually the hardest thing from the relocation process. Questions such as price, quality of the accommodation, communication with a landlord, his conditions and the location of the student housing is a daily food for Erasmus students. A dormitory, the social housing Domeq or a private apartment?
The first option is halls of residence provided by universities. It is the cheapest type of student accommodation. You save money but to the detriment of comfort. Dormitories often provide bad conditions for students. The rooms are not lovely places where you would like to spend your time during studying or enjoying social time with your new friends.
There is a huge bureaucracy needed if you want to request for accommodation and it differs from one university to another. There is also a lot of conditions you need to keep watch on your own. At first, you have to send a request for student accommodation and after they confirm it, you get information about housing and how to continue with your request. Sometimes, it is stressful that you still do not know if you got a room a few weeks before your arrival.
Here is a short example of dormitory accommodation prices:
Brno University of technology
Pod Palackého vrchem Residence Hall
Capacity – 638 places for foreign students
One bed in a double room – 115 CZK (EUR 4,4) per day and person
Big triple room – 109 CZK (EUR 4,2) per day and person
Jan Amos Komenský Hall of residence, Josef Taufer Hall of residence, The Academy Hall of residence, Petr Bezruč Hall of residence
Capacity – 3 200 places
One bad in a double room – around 80 CZK (EUR 3) per day and person
three-bed room – around 75 CZK (EUR 2,9) per day and person
A dormitory is not the only type of housing in Brno. CTP has built the stylish and industrial looking Domeq that provides rooms for rent to singles, couples or groups. In contrast to the dormitory, you have much more space and privacy here. At the same time, you do not lose contact with the international community since Domeq is a type of social living.
As the only one in Brno, this residential building focuses on medium-term lease for foreign and Erasmus students. You have your own room with all the equipment in the house. On the other hand, you also have common space on the ground floor where you can come to a party, play billiard and piano or watch a movie on a big screen. There are also two big terraces which you can use for your purposes.
Besides the university student housing and social housing such as in Domeq, you can find private accommodation in the Czech Republic. To rent one apartment only for yourself would be expensive so many students live in shared flats. This is a reasonable choice. You have your own space without difficult bureaucracy. All you need is to communicate with your landlord.
However, the problem may occur if the landlord does not speak English. A lot of young people speak English but middle-age and older people can have troubles with that.
It is also quite hard to find a charterer that rent an apartment to Erasmus students as you come only for a few months. Many owners of the apartments search for a long-term subtenant. Thus, this kind of accommodation is not fully guaranteed. Search on specialized websites to find a fitting “Erasmus apartment” for yourself only or to share with other people.