Are you planning to study at NYU Prague? Are you perplexed by the question of which dorm you should apply to live in? Then you’re in the right place, because we’ve compiled some key information to help you make the choice.
Deciding to study abroad is an exciting step in anyone’s life — especially in the beautiful and historically fascinating city of Prague. Though a good part of your time abroad will be spent out exploring the city and traveling, your dorm will become your home base, and will influence your experience of Prague. That’s why it’s important to choose the housing that will best meet your needs.
You can find basic information about all three of NYU Prague’s dorms on the official NYU Prague website — however, they also have unique characteristics that you won’t find in these descriptions. If you want to help yourself make a more informed decision about where to live in Prague, read on for seven things you may not know about Slezska.
1. The kitchen situation is different from the other dorms
Whereas Machova has a kitchen on every floor, Slezska only has two kitchens in the whole building. Because of this, students from every floor have to flock to the same kitchens, making them a good place to meet and hang out with other people in the dorm. However, the fact that everyone uses the same two kitchens also makes it easier for people to get away with leaving dirty dishes out. When this happens, it is pretty much impossible to find the culprit, since it could be anyone in the building.
2. You need to stock up on 20-crown coins
Each load of laundry in Slezska costs 20 crowns, and the washing machines only accept 20-crown coins. You can’t use two 10-crown coins, nor can you use a 50-crown coin and get change. This means that if you want clean clothes, it’s important to hold onto whatever 20-crown coins you receive. At this point, having to spend one of those golden tokens makes me cringe. Also, the dryers in Slezska barely work, so most people simply air-dry their laundry on drying racks, which are already provided in the rooms. There is a built-in spin cycle in every wash, so your freshly washed laundry won’t drip on the floor while it dries.
3. You may not figure out how to use the trams
Slezska is just a few minutes away from a green line metro station, which makes it easy to take the metro to class and to various other spots in the city. This also means it’s easy to become dependent on the metro and avoid the process of deciphering the fairly complicated tram schedules. In fact, my semester is almost over and I still haven’t learned how to use the trams, because the only time I’ve taken trams have been with other people who were able to navigate them so I didn’t have to. Students in Osadni are more familiar with the trams, since that’s the most convenient way for them to get to campus.
4. Towels are lacking
NYU’s website says towels are provided for you, but when I arrived in Slezska, I only found a single bath towel in my room. One of my suite mates was unlucky enough to get just a hand towel. This means if you require more than one towel, or separate towels for drying your face and hands, you’ll probably need to either pack some towels or buy some when you get to Prague. On the bright side, the dorm provides free hand soap, trash bags, paper towels, and toilet paper — you can get them in the computer room.
5. Forgetting your key is no big deal
In my first-year dorm in New York, there was a policy where after a certain number of lockouts you have to pay a fine (I always hated this rule). Thankfully, this is not the case at NYU Prague. I’ve left my key in my room a couple times, and the security guards in Slezska were always nice enough to let me in anyway. You can also access any suite in the dorm from the elevator with your key. This is great if you locked yourself out and there are no RAs nearby, since you can just get a friend to use their key to let you into your suite.
6. It’s a community
Slezska is the smallest of NYU Prague’s dorms, housing only 27 students and three RAs this semester. In my opinion, this makes it a bit more of a community than the other dorms. While there are some people here I still haven’t met, I know the majority of Slezska students, simply because there aren’t that many of them. If you choose a larger dorm, it will be more difficult to get to know the majority of people who live in your building than if you lived in Slezska. However, choosing a larger dorm may also make it easier to meet more people in general, since there will be more people around you. It’s just a question of whether you want to live with a large pool of students or a smaller, more community-like group.
7. It’s quiet
This is probably my favorite thing about Slezska — there is little noise disturbance from the halls, and I never hear noise from the people living above me. I have heard that this is not the case in Machova, and that since the walls are thin, you can hear people moving around you. Obviously, if you have noisy roommates or suite-mates, you will hear them in Slezska — but there is next to no noise coming in from outside the suites.
Located in the Vinohrady neighborhood, Slezska is near a beautiful park and very close to two delicious restaurants. If you prefer a smaller dorm in a nice location and you’re okay with the shortcomings I described in the article, Slezska may be the right choice for you. Good luck!