As an exchange student, you have several possibilities of accommodation during your stay in České Budějovice. Find more information about the USB Dormitories or the private accommodatrion in the text below.
Every exchange student who comes to study at USB can be provided with accommodation at USB Dormitories. Anyway it is not possible to choose the concrete dormitory or room that you will stay in, the place will be assigned to you according to current room availability.
A complete description of Dormitories (including photo gallery and a video) is available on the following link and on the official website of USB Dormitories and Refectories.
USB has five dormitories named K1 – K5, after the Czech word “Kolej” for “Dormitory”. Dormitories K1, K2, K3 and K4 are located on the main campus. Dormitory K5 is located about 15 minutes’ walk from the main campus, next to the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences. See here the map with the locations of the different dormitories.
Directions to get to the dormitories are available in the Welcome guide for international students.
Equipment and facilities at dormitories:
Booking your accommodation
Each student who would like to be accommodated at USB dormitory must book a room in advance.
Exchange students can request for a bed at a dormitory through the online registration to the university (STAG system), by ticking YES to the question “Do you require accommodation at the dormitory?”. The link to the online registration and the concrete information and instructions about accommodation will be sent to you by your Faculty coordinator.
In order to confirm your accommodation reservation, you will need to pay a deposit in advance (2000 CZK).
In case you need a Confirmation of accommodation for visa requirements, please ask your Faculty coordinator.
Rules and prices:
All important documents you need are available here (especially Price list, Student Accommodation Code).
Due to the decree of the statutory city of České Budějovice n°4/2021 on local fees effective from 1st January 2022, USB Dormitories are required to charge an accommodation fee for each stay of less than 61 days. This fee is paid to the relevant municipal area. Current fee rate is 25 CZK/person/night.
In case you stay at USB Dormitories longer than 61 days, you don´t have to pay the fee.
In case you planned a longer stay at USB Dormitories, but your stay is shortened to less than 60 days, you will be charged the fee backwards.
In case of other question concerning dormitories, you can contact directly the dormitory staff on this link.
Students can also choose to live in a private accommodation. In that case, you must find your accommodation by yourself. Please, note that the university does not collaborate with any of the listed accommodation providers; therefore, the quality of the room offer cannot be guaranteed. The university is not responsible for the offers and arrangements of external accommodation providers.
Also be aware that you will need to register your place of residence with the Foreign Police. Check with the accommodation provider if he will register you, or if you need to do it by yourself.
Some websites are only in Czech language, but you can use Google Translate for a quick translation if you don't speak Czech. Also you can get helped by your buddy.
Below are some tips to find some suitable accommodation.
In the Czech Republic, most students who do not live at dormitories prefer flatsharing or even roomsharing for the period of their studies.
Where to find a room?
If you decide to rent a flat by yourself, you can find it through an estate agency or by your own.
Here are some websites where you can look for a flat:
While renting your own flat, pay attention to the following:
Also be sure that the person you’re dealing with is indeed the landlord, the owner of the property, and that he is entitled to rent the flat. You can check the ownership of a property in the online property register https://nahlizenidokn.cuzk.cz/
The platform is only in Czech, but the information is accessible for everyone. Ask your friend or Buddy to help you.
In case you have a Czech visa or residence permit and need to prove your accommodation at the immigration office, the officer will check if your landlord is indeed the rightful owner of the property and if he is entitled to rent the property. If the officer finds anything lacking, they will reject your application and that is why it is important to check the ownership in advance.
Usually, the lease also includes a deposit, in most cases equal to one or two month’s rent. Usually you have to pay it at the beginning of your contract, and it will be returned at the end of your stay, unless damage has been caused to the property.
The Rectorate of the University, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Fisheries (some study programmes) and the Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences are all situated on the university campus on Branišovská street. The nearest private accommodation can be found in the housing areas called ŠUMAVA, MÁJ and ČTYŘI DVORY (these locations are 10 minutes away from the campus on average).
The Faculty of Fisheries is also present in the town of Vodňany (approx. 30 km from České Budějovice) or the town of Nové Hrady where there are research institutes of the Faculty, so check where you are going to study first and arrange your accommodation accordingly. In Vodňany and in Nové Hrady, there are also university dormitories.
The Faculty of Health and Social Sciences has several buildings in České Budějovice, in a walking distance of each other. The nearest housing areas are VLTAVA (south part) and ČTYŘI DVORY. The areas ŠUMAVA and MÁJ are around 10-20 minutes away. The K5 dormitory is next to the Faculty.
Buildings of the Faculty of Education are located around the main city centre. Instruction is divided between two buildings depending on your field of study/individual courses: one of the buildings is on Jeronýmova street, and the other is in Dukelská street. All buildings are within walking distance of each other (4 stops by bus from the university campus).
The Faculty of Theology is also located in the main city centre and there is also a canteen in the same building. (4 stops by bus from the university campus).
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