And the best place to study abroad, in my opinion
I’m sure most of these posts will claim that their study abroad location is the best one to go to, but trust me, unless they are saying it’s Prague, they’re wrong. I cannot think of one thing wrong or negative about studying abroad here. Prague wasn’t even my first choice and I am so grateful that I ended up here. Everyday I wake up and get to walk through (arguably) one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Everything is cheaper in Prague than in America (especially beer) so you don’t have to worry about that. The Czech language is difficult, yes, but you can get by knowing only English, as many, if not most, of the locals can speak English here.
You are also in the middle of Europe, and can get almost anywhere you can think of in less than 2-3 hours. I’ve taken busses to Vienna, Berlin, and Budapest, and short plane rides to London, Dublin, Edinburgh, Madrid, Barcelona, Ibiza, Rome, Paris, and Amsterdam. Did I mention Prague is a great study abroad site if you want to travel?
I do wish that I stayed in Prague a few more weekends, or explored the rest of the Czech Republic more while I was here. If you, like me, don’t give yourself much time to explore the rest of this beautiful country, at least make the time to go to Cesky Krumlov, which is by far one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. If you’ve ever seen Tangled (or any other fairytale), you will feel like you’ve just stepped into the real life set of the movie.
As for which dorm you should live in, I live in Slezska and there’s really nothing to complain about. In my opinion, we have the ideal set up because 1. It’s easy to get to campus (the metro entrance is literally right in front of our building, and it’s only three stops away). 2. There is a dog park right next to the building (I love dogs), 3. The rooms are huge/nice and 4. We have heated towel racks in our bathrooms!!! We also have elevators that go right into our rooms. I guess the only complaint would be the laundry room, which has 4 washers and dryers that are constantly breaking, and it costs 20 korunas (1 dollar) every time you want to do a load of laundry. Sometimes the machines eat your money too. I’ve heard the laundry situations at the other dorms aren’t much better, however.
Another major plus about Slezska is that it’s in walking distance of two of the most popular clubs (for NYU students, at least) in Prague. It saves me a lot of money not having to pay for a cab every time I go out, and people in Prague don’t really dress up to go out, so walking in heels isn’t an issue.
If you do come to Prague, it will be tempting to leave all of Prague’s major sites off until the last minute, since there are so many other places within close distance to Prague that you can travel to. But even if you do put some stuff off, make sure you get around to walking on the Charles Bridge at sunrise, and posing next to the Lennon Wall, and watching the only working astronomical clock chime on the hour, because you will regret it if you miss out on some of the best things that Prague has to offer.
P.S. If you need further proof as to why you should go to Prague, here's a link to a Huffington Post article on why Prague is the most beautiful city in Europe