Practical advice

Czech language
&further education

You can attend a language course to learn czech. If you are interested in lifelong and continuing education check the list of all programmes.​
In the case of long-term stays, we recommend learning the basics of the Czech language.In addition to your colleagues, professionals will also help you learn Czech. Also, take advantage of the lifelong and continuing education offers from the university.

Alternatively, here are great websides, where you can find basic Czech phrases that might be useful to you, and many more:

Are you looking for a school or kindergarten for your child where English is taught? Here are some good options in Olomouc:


Palacký University has accommodation facilities within the network of dormitories and hostels in the wider city centre. You can find a list of them at the Accommodation and Dining website. Hotel capacity is available in the dormitories at General Svoboda (Šmeralova 12), and Vančurova Hostel (Vančurova 2), which is located practically in the city centre.
Dormitories and hostels are designed for the short-term accommodation of individuals and early booking is required.
Dormitory accommodation or other accommodation is usually not paid for by the employer. In case you are staying at a university dormitory, it is necessary to pay all fees, vacate the room and return the keys upon the conclusion of your employment contract.

Olomouc is a city of students, so you will find a wide range of rentals here. The largest number of available capacities is always before the beginning of the academic year (July-August). Commercial servers such as or provide a range of offers, as do many Facebook groups. Traditionally used for short-term stays, short- and long-term accommodation can also be arranged through


There is a possibility to rent an apartment using real estate agency: Dachi, Elite real service, s.r.o., RE/MAX, VojtaReality, STAFOS – REAL, AAAbyty, M+M reality etc.

Advantages: Tour, providing contracts, lawyer/notary appointments, verification of signatures, delivery of necessary contracts for land registry, higher assurance that no one will deceive you.

Disadvantages: Commission for the real estate agency (3-5 % sale, 1 or 2 rents upfront) The commission is usually paid by the tenant, not the landlord.


Without using the real estate agency check the web: (also in ENG!)

! It is necessary to have an account on the site and contact the property owner directly, all communication is only between the owner and the tenant. !


Bank account

Due to the high fees for foreign currency conversion, we recommend opening a Czech bank account. You will receive a monthly wage in Czech crowns (CZK), deposited directly into this account.

  • You can choose your bank and set up an account directly at the nearest branch. We recommend a bank that offers an internet banking service in English. You will need a Czech mobile number to use it.
  • You will need two identification documents to open a standard account (however, banks may also require a residence permit, employment contract or proof of accommodation).
There are also banks offering a free account in EUR, USD or other currency – for this purpose we reccomend AIR BANK, FIO BANKA, EQUA BANK.  More below.
You can go through the list of Czech Banks and choose one of these:

After choosing a bank, employee should go with a translator to the certain branch as English-speaking service at the bank is not guaranteed. If one wants to search the best option throughout the banks situated in Olomouc here is the list of the banks which websites are in English (some of them are also in Russian).


- Free account with no conditions
- Account in EUR, USD & other currencies !
- Withdrawals from the ATM for free
- Service at the branch possible in ENG

Equa Bank

OC Galerie Šantovka, Polská 1, 779 00 Olomouc

Fio Banka

Dolní náměstí 20, 779 00 Olomouc

Air Bank

OC Galerie Šantovka, Polská 1, 779 00 Olomouc



Dolní náměstí 1, 771 00 Olomouc

Česká spořitelna

tř. Svobody 401/19, 779 00 Olomouc


Horní náměstí 17, Olomouc

Raiffeisen Bank

nám. Národních hrdinů 1, 779 00, Olomouc

ING Bank

OC Galerie Šantovka, Polská 1, 779 00 Olomouc

Moneta Money Bank

Opletalova 363/2, Olomouc


Need a Currency converter - exchange rates calculator? Click here for online webside or download the App "Xe Currency"

Transport & Travel

Price of a basic public transport ticket in Olomouc is 18 CZK. This ticket is fully transferable and can be used for 40 minutes (working days) or for 60 minutes (other days) from the moment of validation. The ticket must be validated upon boarding the bus or tram. This ticket is valid only for zone 71, which includes Olomouc and the city suburbs.

Basic tickets and one day tickets are sold in newsstands (in Czech: Tabák, Trafika) throughout the whole city or in the yellow ticket vending machines, which are located at some tram and bus stops.

DPMO ticket offices:

  • Main station office: Mo- Fri 5am – 7pm, Sun 2pm-7pm, 
  • Legionářská 1, Olomouc: Mo-Fri 6am-6 pm, Sat 7am-noon

Check more about tickets at the official webside

or here:


Wanna travel out of the city, around the state or abroad? Choose the right bus or train. For the basic connection search use this webside:

Find your best choice:

Food & Restaurants

Find out how to order a meal in university canteen, which restaurant accepts the meal vouchers, or where to enjoy foreign cuisine. Yum !

  All about dining in the university canteen:

Which restaurants accept the meal vouchers?

  Restaurants offering foreign cuisine: 

   Food Delivery:

   Other options where to eat:


Shopping in large shopping centres is becoming ever more popular. In Olomouc, you can enjoy comfortable shopping in the charming town centre as well. On the Upper Square and its vicinity you will find shops offering traditional Czech products, quality food and modern clothing of famous brands. The varied range of goods and beautiful environment will surely satisfy you. Should you get tired from the shopping, you can relax at numerous cafes in the Olomouc town centre. Here you can enjoy a cup of coffee with a view of the historic treasures. If you look for something special like fresh fish, rice or asian grocery food, lets have a look below.



  • Hypermarket offering also a fresh fish department
  • Address: Pražská 248/39 Olomouc
  • How to get there?
    • Bus nr. 27 – stations: Tržnice – Náměstí Hrdinů – Svornosti – Foerstrova – Olomouc CITY – Globus – Foerstrova – Svornosti – Náměstí Hrdinů – Tržnice
  • Opening hours:
    Monday – Sunday 8:00 – 21:00
  • Webpage:
  • Note: You can download an APP – MŮJ GLOBUS, Scan and Go – scanning good while shopping
  • Supermarket offering also a fresh fish department
  • Address: Štursova 1124/3 Olomouc
  • How to get there?
    • Kaufland is situated 10 minutes from the Olomouc train station, near the Bureau of Labor and police station
    • Trams nr. 1,7 – tram stop – Vejdovskéh
  • Webpage:
  • Once in three months, there is the Asian week in Lidl, during this time you can buy very descent jasmine or basmati rice here ()
  •  Address: Velkomoravská 488/29 or Lazecká 49/33
  • How to get there?
    Velkomoravská: Bus 16, 17; bus stop – Povel, škola
    Lazecká: Bus 17, 22; bus stop – Finanční úřad
  • Opening hours:
    Monday – Saturday 7:00 – 21:00
    Sunday 8:00 – 21:00
  • Webpage:
  • situated in Galerie Moritz
  • Adress8. května 465/24, 779 00 Olomouc
  • Mon – Sat 7-8pm, Sun 8-8pm
  • many other stores all around Olomouc


  • Albert Hypermarket – situated in Šantovka – Polská 1, 779 00 Olomouc
  • MO-SUN 7am-10pm
  • Albert Supermarket –  31, tř. Svobody 956, 779 00 Olomouc
  • MO-SUN 7am – 9pm
  • many other stores all around Olomouc


  • A little shop situated in the shopping centre Šantovka.
  • Address: Galerie Šantovka, Floor – 1, Polská 1 Olomouc
  • How to get there?
    • tram nr. 3 and 5 – tram stop Šantovka
    • tram nr. 1 and 7 – tram stop Tržnice (cross the road and a big parking lot)
    • very easily accessible from the city center – cross Dolní náměstí, pass by the police station and walk the pedestrian bridge
  • Opening hours:
    Monday – Sunday 9:00 – 21.00
  • E-mail address:
  • Phone number: + 420 588 000 098
  • Webpage:
  • Note: great variety of fish; it is possible to preorder the fish via webpage; they also offer some snacks (fish salads, salmon foam, shrimp salad with mango…)
  • A shop with many kinds of fresh and frozen fish and other kinds of meat close to Palacky University
  • Address: máje 870/ 038 Olomouc
  • How to get there?
    • trams nr. 2,3,4,6; tram stop – U Dómu
    • Opening hours:
      Monday 10:00 – 17:00
      Tuesday 8:30 – 17:30
      Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday 8:00 – 18:00
      Friday 8:00 – 11:30
      Sunday – closed
  • Phone number: +420 585 223 770
  • Address: Rooseveltova 161/12 (Near the restaurant Cobra), Nové Sady, Olomouc
  • How to get there?
    • Bus nr. 14, bus stop – Rooseveltova
  • Opening hours:
    Monday – Friday 8:00 – 17:00
    Saturday 8:00 – 11:00
  • Webpage:
  • This shop is situated in the alley at Horní náměstí, between the post office and Moravian Theatre
  • Address: Pasáž, Horní náměstí 26, Olomouc
  • Opening hours:
    Monday – Friday 8:00 – 12:00 13:00 – 17:00
  • Facebook page:


  • Address: Pražská318/37
  • How to get there?
    • Next to Globus
    • Tram 2,7 to Hřbitovy+ 5minute walk
    • Bus 27 to Globus
  • Opening Hours:
    • Daily 9:00-20:00
  • https://www.asko
  • Address: Kafkova17
  • How to get there?
    • Close to OC Haná
    • Bus 16 to Centrum Haná
  • Opening Hours:
    • Mon-Fri 10:00-20:00
    • Sat-Sun 9:00-20:00
  • Address: Kafkova471/31
  • How to get there?
    • Close to OC Haná
    • Bus 16 to Centrum Haná
  • Opening hours:
    • Mon-Fri10:00-20:00
    • Sat-Sun 9:00-20:00
  • Address: Horní lán 2
  • Building materials
  • How to get there?
    • Close to OC Haná
    • Bus 16 to Centrum Haná
  • Opening hours:
    • Mon Fri 7:30 20:30
    • Sat-Sun 8 :00 20:30
  • Ikea has its shop in Brno and Ostrava
  • Address: Ikea Ostrava, Rudná110, Ostrava
  • How to get there?
    • Approximately 1hour train ride
    • Next to Avion Shopping mal
  • Opening hours:
    • Daily 9:00-21:00
  • Address: Ikea Brno, Skandinávská 4, Brno
  • Approximately 2hour train ride
  • How to get there?
    • Next to Avion Shopping mall
    • Bus 67 to Ikea or bus 63 to Komárov and then bus AVION to AvionShoppingpark
  • Opening hours:
    • Daily 9:00-21:00


The University operates the UPoint shop and information centre directly on the Upper Square (in Czech: Horní náměstí) in the city centre. Their offerings include postcards, souvenirs, fashion clothing collections and gift cards.

A wide selection of academic literature, textbooks and course materials are provided by the Palacký University Press in the Zbrojnice Armoury. Academic literature can be ordered through the e-shop of Palacký University Press. 


Beauty & Care

An employee should call to a certain salon with a translator as English-speaking service is not guaranteed. For a special wish please refer to a translator to help you find the perfect place.

  • Hair dresser 
  • Address: Polská 1201/1 – Olomouc
  • open 7 days/week
  • no need to book oneself
  • Address: Olomouc CITY Pražská ul. 255/41, 779 00 Olomouc
  • for women, men and kids
  • Address: Horní Náměstí 81/23 a, 779 00 Olomouc
  • Address: Kateřinská 10, Olomouc, 77900
  • eco-friendly hair salon
  • Address: Janského 546/11, Olomouc
  • for women, men and kids
  • hair extension, “hot scissors procedure”
  • Address: Ztracená 33, Olomouc 779 00
  • Manicure, Pedicure and Skin Care
  • Address: Prachárna Park Hotel Olomouc, Křelovská 9, Olomouc
  • manicure and pedicure
  • vegan based products
  • eco-friendly
  • Address: Schweitzerova 37, Olomouc
  • cosmetic salon
  • Beauty – Defect – Repair (BDR method)
  • Address: Pekařská 491/9, Olomouc
  • pedicure, manicure
  • eyelashes extension
  • cosmetic procedures
  • Address: Wellnerova 7, Olomouc 779 00
  • nail and cosmetic studio
  • Address: Rokycanova 781/17, Olomouc
  • facelifting
  • lash filler, lash extension
  • cosmetic procedures
  • Address: U Stavu 2, Olomouc 77900
  • nail modeling
  • pedicure, manicure
  • Address: Komenského 16, 779 00 Olomouc
  • whole body care
  • posture forming
  • cosmetic care


  • Theater’s repertory, program and ticket reservations in English
  • Drama only in Czech
  • Ballet and opera suitable for non-native Czech speakers
  • After the reservation you can pick up your tickets at a theater’s cashier’s desk (behind the glass door on the right, directly next to the theater’s entrance, you only have to say your name)
  • Theater’s coat room is free of charge
  • Theater’s webpage is not available in English
  • All plays are in Czech
  • The theater sometimes performs fairy tales and organizes workshops for children after their performance. Children draw or create.
  • Ticket reservations online, you can pick up your tickets either at the theater’s cashier’s desk or in the Information Centre situated in the Main Square (Olomouc Horní náměstí)
  • Most of the plays are performed in Czech.
  • The theatre offers a program, workshops for children etc.
  • You can reserve tickets online and collect them at the main box of the theatre or the Information.
  • Student drama clubs and alternative guest drama associations
  • The program is irregular, check FB for information about individual performances
  • The theatre is located in the Konvikt building (third floor on the left)
  • Most of the plays are originál and performed in Czech, some of the programs are alternative, nonverbal etc.
  • The theatre offers other program, workshops, author’s readings, exhibitions etc.
  • Regular English Stand Up Comedy evenings
  • You can reserve tickets online and collect them at the main box of the theatre (you have to walk through the coffee place and turn left)
  • Several series of concerts, you can buy a ticket to a single concert or the whole series after online reservation
  • You can buy tickets online, on the Upper square (Horní náměstí) at the Infocenter or the main box of the Philharmonic one hour before the start of the concert
  • Public and student events
  • Popular Czech artists
  • You can buy tickets online or make reservations and collect the tickets on one of the Ticketportal branch offices (Infocentre on the Upper square)
  • Restaurant with bar, that holds a lot of concerts and other events.
  • You can buy tickets at the restaurant or the Infocentre on the Upper square.
  • Museum of Modern Art, Archdiocesan Museum and Theatre of Music are all parts of the institution.
  • A lot of options, exhibits, movie streaming, theatre plays, guided tours, discussions, workshops, lectures, museum tours
  • You can reserve tickets online and collect them at the main box of the theatre.
  • There is also a specialized library and a study room as part of the museum (open every Wednesday from 10:00 to 16:00)
  • Regional Museum in Olomouc
  • Institute of History, Natural Science Institute
  • You can buy tickets at the main box of the museum


  • Price list: adult 179 Kč (169 Kč when online), student 179 Kč (139,- online)
  • Adress: Pražská 255/41, Řepčín, 779 00 Olomouc
  • (Bus n. 27, – „Globus“ bus stop“)
  • Multiplex in Olomouc City
  • New movies in originál vision with subtitles
  • You can buy tickets online or you can reserve and collect them in the movie theatre 30 minutes before the start of the movie
  • Price list: adult 179 Kč, student 149 Kč (2D movie);     
  • Adress: Polská 1, 779 00 Olomouc – near city center (Tram n. 3 – „Šantovka“ tram stop)
  • Multiplex in Šantovka
  • New movies in originál vision with subtitles
  • You can buy tickets online or you can reserve and collect them in the movie theatre 30 minutes before the start of the movie


  • Price list:  140 Kč
  • Adress: Sokolská 25, Olomouc (very near to Vodární street – Sinofon office)
  •  (for original language movie look for „ČT“ =„czech subtitles“ in the program)
  • Movie screenings, concerts, theatre performances, opera, ballet, talk shows etc.
  • Movie screenings with subtitles or in Czech
  • You can buy or reserve tickets online, and collect them at the main box of the movie theatre no later than 30 minutes before the screening
  • !Recommended!
  • Adress: Pekární 26, 779 00 Olomouc  
  • (tram stop „U Dómu“, down the hill, leftside)
  • Situated in a beautiful nature area of the bar „Klid v ruchu“ which is hidden in the city center and famous for an open air alternative concerts or summer barbecue.
  • Wait until summer when this huge openair cinema starts again and enjoy real summer night! Don’t forget to take a blanket and some beer.“
  • You can buy tickets at the main box of the Zoo
  • Safari train, observation tower, guided feedings, the opportunity to try the work of a caretaker
  • Bus stop Zoo Svatý kopeček
  • City parks, greenhouses, Botanic Garden, Rose Garden, Orangery (concerts and other)
  • Exhibition grounds host expositions, markets and festivals
  • You can buy tickets online, at the Infocentre at the Upper Square, at the entrance to the premises etc.

Sport & Free time

There are many options in Olomouc  supporting your healthy & active lifestyle. Science can be interesting but also exhausting, let’s make our body move!

Gym? Yoga classes? Squash? CrossFit? Badminton? Jogging? Climbing? When looking for your favourite sport, check this link. Or find your sparing partner at FB group Parťáci na sport Olomouc® .

Otherwise take advantage of University Sport program:

  • The Academic Sport Centre provides leisure-time, physical-recreational and sports activities at Palacký University. It offers and organises one-off and also regularly recurring and residential events such as aerobic group lessons, sports games, martial arts, fitness, yoga, dances and outdoor activities. Special sports programmes include climbing, squash, horse riding and archery.
  • BALUO Application Centre: a unique facility at the Faculty of Physical Culture aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle. In the centre you can use diagnostic services, the fitness centre (which is equipped with modern smart fitness machines), a swimming pool which is equipped with a system for monitoring and analysing the swimmer, or the climbing wall. By using the services of the centre, you become an anonymous participant in research that monitors and evaluates the effect of a healthy lifestyle according to selected health indicators.

For other options how to spend a free time with friends, colleagues or your guests maybe you would like:

!Recommended! Very funny activity, Man/Woman never mind, you will definitely get into game very fast!

Price list: 99 Kč / one game / 15 minutes

Opening hours: MO – SUN (10:00 – 22:00)

Adress: Koželužská 29, 779 00 Olomouc (hidden in parking garages, 9. floor)


This is not that  scary house for children. Maybe not even for adults. Let’s have a look on the webside and see the gallery.“ 

Price list: 250 Kč

Opening hours: WED – SUN (different opening hours, see the web)

Adress: Komenského 863, Olomouc (hotel Palác, side entry)

Web: (also in ENG!)

Are you into dance but don‘ t know where to start? A dance group „SWINGSTONES“ can help you! Join the FB group and whatch out the program, dance lessons take place on various cool places all around Olomouc (Konvikt, Na cucky, Long story short etc.).

FB group: „SWINGSTONES – Lindy hop dancers Olomouc

The university on social media

& daily updates

  • News on the university website is updated daily, and the events calendar is an important source of information about activities at the university.
  • Fresh information is also provided by the official university Facebook page, the university website and the Facebook group. Also, keep an eye on the university’s channel on YouTube.
  • In addition to the online media, the university also publishes a printed journal, Žurnál UP, which is published once a semester in English.

Other useful stuff for life

At present, Olomouc has just over 100,000 inhabitants, it is the 6th largest city in the Czech Republic and the regional capital.
The city has a very low crime rate.
All of the important state and local government offices are located here, including the regional office, district and regional court, tax office, the branch of the Czech Social Security Administration, and the labour office.
Interesting and useful information about the city (tourist guides, interesting places and cultural events, etc.) can be found here: 


Important administrative tasks related to life in Olomouc (e.g. the waste collection fee) can be handled at the Municipal Office of Olomouc. More information, such as the addresses of individual departments or office hours, can be found at the official webside here 


Other useful informations & adresses including Exchange office, Plumber, Heating, Gas, Electrician, Locksmith, Clothing repairs, Dry cleaners, Shoes repairs, Car rentals, Bicycle repairs, Car repair service, Watch repair service, PC service HERE.


We recommend you to join these groups for foreigners in Olomouc, you can find many practical and useful advice:



Here are some reccomended apps you can donwload to make your daily life easier:

  • iOS, Android
  • bike-sharing
  • iOS, Android
  • iOS, Android
  • food delivery
  • iOS, Android
  • train station information board
  • iOS, Android
  • Culture itinerary, city and university news, landmarks etc.

Life in the Czech republic

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Czech is classified as a member of the West Slavic sub-branch of the Slavic branch of the Indo-European language family. Slovak is by far the closest linguistic relative of Czech, and the languages are closer than any other pair of West Slavic languages.

There are several basic social rules within the work environment. When meeting with colleagues, the man greets first. If the man is noticeably older than the woman, the woman must always greet him first. The right hand is typically offered for a handshake. Before entering the room, it is polite to knock on the door.

In connection with childbirth and care for a newborn child, women are entitled to a maternity leave lasting at least 34 weeks (depending on the number of children). The beginning of maternity leave is set by the attending physician, usually 6 weeks before the expected due date of the childbirth (8 weeks prior to childbirth at the earliest). Regarding continued child care, employers are obliged to grant the woman, or the man if they so request it, parental leave until the day the child turns three years old.

The institutional form of preschool education is offered in preschools, including both kindergartens (children between the age of 3 and 6 years) and ‘children’s groups’ (also hildren under 3 years of age). Education is provided in Czech, though there are several kindergartens (mostly private ones) which function in English.
School education consists of nine years of elementary school and from three to five years of secondary school. Elementary education is further divided into two stages of four and five years respectively. It usually starts at the age of 6. Ten years of school attendance is compulsory.

The Czech Republic has a continental climate with 4 seasons (spring, summer, autumn, winter). Summers are hot; winters are cold, cloudy and humid. The average daily temperature in winter is −2 °C but can plummet to −15 °C. The average daily temperature in summer is 21 °C but can be above 30 °C. The coldest month is January; the hottest is
July. The period from May to July is often considered the best season. Weather in the southern regions is generally more pleasant than in the north and mountainous regions, where it tends to be much colder.
During winter, the sun rises approximately at 7:30 am and sets around 4 pm. During summer, sunrise is before 5 am and sunset around 9 pm.

The Czech Republic was established on January 1st 1993 as one of the successors to the Czechoslovakia. It is a parliamentary democracy and its Constitution guarantees equal rights to everyone, regardless of gender, race, skin colour, language, creed, religion, political or other opinions, national or social origin, nationality or ethnic origin, property, descent or any other status.

ISO 3166-1: 203 CZE CZ
Vehicle registration code: CZ
Telephone extension: +420
National TLD: .cz