Information for incoming students
Other useful information
The city of Brno operates a cultural and information centre at Radnická 8, in the building of the Old Town Hall. It has a wide selection of maps, brochures and other information on Brno and the surrounding region, and also acts as a ticket agency, selling tickets for a number of cultural events.
The Czech currency is called "koruna" (crown, abbreviated Kč), which is made up of 100 haléřů (hellers, abbreviated hal.). Coins in the following denominations are in circulation: 1 crown, 2 crowns, 5 crowns, 10 crowns ,20 crowns and 50 crowns. In addition there are the following notes: 100 crowns, 200 crowns, 500 crowns, 1,000 crowns, 2,000 crowns and 5,000 crowns.
Throughout the Czech Republic, there is one set of emergency numbers for use in case of fire, the urgent need for an ambulance, or crime. These are as follows:
Fire - 150
Ambulance service - 155
Crime - 156 (City police),
158 (Czech police)
Emergency call - 112
Most of the medicines available elsewhere can be obtained here, though not in every pharmacy. In case you need some kind of medicine in the evening, at night or over the weekend, when shops are normally closed, there is a non-stop pharmacy located in the centre of the city.
If you are faced with an urgent need for medical attention at a time when doctors' offices are not open, and you are confined to bed, call the first-aid service at 5113113; a doctor will come to examine you within a very short time. In other cases you should go in person to the emergency service at nám. 28. října 23, which is open Monday - Friday from 19:00 till 6:30 and non-stop on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Emergency dental care is also available at the same address.
The cost of living is low in the Czech Republic compared to most Western countries, and you will be able to live comfortably without spending large sums. Bank machines are generally the easiest and cheapest way to manage money here, and the Brno city centre features numerous conveniently located bank machines.
Foreign currency can be exchanged at any bank, though you might check around to see which one gives the best rate, since these can vary a little. The small exchange booths in the centre of Brno and Masarykova Street are said to offer good exchange rates.
There are two separate police forces in the Czech Republic, the National Police Force (Policie České republiky) and Municipal Police Forces (Městská policie). The Czech Police deal with such areas as criminal activities, road traffic (accidents, fines and so on), and visas for foreigners. The Municipal Police have limited powers to maintain law and order within the town or city where they work.
- January,1 - New Year's Day
- Easter Monday - moveable; the Monday after Easter Sunday
- May,1 - May Day
- May,8 - Liberation Day (marking the end of World War II)
- July,5 - Feast day of the Apostles of the Slavs, Sts Cyril and Methodius
- July,6 - Day marking the anniversary of the death of Jan Hus (1415)
- September,28 - Day of Czech statehood (the feast day of St Wenceslas)
- October,28 - Day commemorating the founding of the Czechoslovak state (1918)
- November,17 - Day of the struggle for freedom and democracy
- December, 24-26 - Christmas holidays