Housing has become more expensive, but slightly for high school students. Boarding schools could often raise their prices by only one hundred crowns | iRADIO

Although energy prices are rising and inflation reaches double digits year-on-year, high school students in boarding schools pay only slightly more for housing than a year ago. The maximum amount of the fee is limited by a decree from 2005. According to it, students can pay a maximum of 900 crowns per month for a second-category room, and 1,600 crowns per month for a first-category room. That is why some boarding schools have not increased in price at all since September, the maximum was already paid there.



Jindřichův Hradec
11:28 September 1, 2022

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According to the decree, students can pay a maximum of 900 crowns per month for a second-category room, and 1,600 crowns per month for a first-category room | Photo: Eliška Horáková

In the south of Bohemia, the price of accommodation in youth homes has risen by 100 to 200 crowns per month since September. The accommodation capacity is almost full, almost 6.5 thousand students live in the dormitories.

Lucie Hochmanová watched the students’ arrival at the youth home in Jindřichov Hradec

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Prices were also increasing for a home in Jindřichov Hradec. “We had second-category rooms for 900, so we can’t even make them more expensive, we increased the price of first-category rooms from 1,100 to 1,300 crowns per month,” says manager Martin Jahoda.

Prices have also risen slightly since September at the boarding school in Přelouč. Students pay 1,600 crowns per month for a room there, i.e. 250 crowns more than last school year.

In the youth center at the automotive high school in Holice, the price of a triple room increased by 400 kroner per month, the school justified this by higher operating costs due to rising energy costs.


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Since the start of the Russian invasion at the end of February, energy prices have risen by hundreds of percent, and year-on-year inflation reached 17.5 percent in July.

Despite this, some youth homes cannot raise prices because they are prohibited by a 2005 decree.

There are boarding schools that have been charging students the maximum possible amount for accommodation for some time, which according to the ministerial decree is 1,600 crowns for two to three-bed rooms, and these boarding schools have no room for price increases.

Calling for a change in ordinance

In South Bohemia, the region thus bears the largest part of the costs of housing high school students. At the moment, the regional office is preparing operating budgets for the 40 homes it is establishing in the region. In the first proposals, some directors asked for a 150 percent increase in the amount for energy for next year.

They are also calling for a change in the decree in Pardubice. According to the director of the local youth home on Dukla, Alena Krabcová, it may happen that due to the maximum possible price for accommodation, they will not have enough money to cover energy payments, or for operation and repairs.

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