Deciding to study abroad is a big deal, so there are heaps of things you need to do before jetting off. First and foremost, you need to consider where on earth are you going to stay? Do you want to live in the lively, bustling city centre or in the green, leafy suburbs? Do you want to live alone or with friends? You could be looking for a room in a residence hall, a room in a shared apartment, a studio apartment for yourself or a group apartment with friends. There are dozens of options when it comes to study abroad accommodation.
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Finding the ideal home away from home can be tricky. Here are some tips from our friends at on how to find the accommodation of your dreams:
1. Do your research.
It’s super important to do plenty of homework and check out the vibe of your destination city, and all its nooks and crannies. Browse the internet for information on the cost of living, new local hobbies you can pick up, different neighborhoods, what’s popular with students, how to find bargains, and where the safest areas are. Unlike homework, this can prove to be a really fun stage of your accommodation search. You’ll get a good feel for the place as well as set realistic expectations.
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2. Location, location, location.
One of the main things you should consider when finding a study abroad accommodation is which area of the city you want to live in. Location is dependant on so many subjective aspects, so you should ask yourself questions like:
- Do you want to live within walking distance to your place of study?
- Do you want to live in the same building as other students?
- Do you want to be down the road from a cool bar someone recommended to you?
If the apartment you are interested in is slightly further away from the city center, check where the public transportation lines lead. Know how you will be getting from point A to point B. Bear in mind, some areas will be expensive than others. It’s best to decide which area you want to live in before you start looking for an apartment; you don’t want to end up with a two hour commute from your classes or on the other side of town from all the cool hangouts!
3. Set a budget…and stick to it!
The next important questions to consider: how much do you want to spend on my accommodation? It’s important to set a monthly budget to avoid any unpleasant surprises! Bear in mind that for some apartments, bills are not included in the monthly rental price (i.e., you may need to pay for wifi, gas, water, and electricity on top). Make sure you read study abroad apartment descriptions carefully, calculate what you are willing to spend, and ask any questions whenever unclear.
When planning for your study abroad budget, you need to know what is realistic. During your research, you will become familiar with what you can expect from your budget. Be sure to only hunt for study abroad apartments within your budget (assuming it’s a reasonable one); this will save you getting your heart set on apartments that are way out of your financial reach. There are tons of affordable accommodation options out there, and just think, any money you don’t spend on a luxurious apartment can go toward fun activities when you are abroad!
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4. Talk to your friends, parents, and colleagues.
Ensure you discuss your options with other students (perhaps your parents too) and people who have lived in your destination city before. This can make study abroad apartment hunting so much easier than going it alone! All the insider knowledge which areas are “up and coming”, what to avoid at all costs, and tips to help you manage your expectations will all be super useful. Always use your s and nearest and dearest wisely though.
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5. Go with the flow, but don’t hesitate too much.
It can be difficult finding a study abroad apartment that fits your preferences perfectly, so you will need to be a bit flexible. If you’re unable to find something in your first search, don’t give up; there’s something out there for everyone! Study abroad accommodation platforms, like Study Abroad Apartments, are constantly adding new options for study abroad students.
Do keep in mind: study abroad apartments get booked up super quickly in the most popular student cities. Before you know it, the apartment you had your eyes on will be taken by someone else! We understand you may not want to book the first thing you come across (i.e. you may need to liaise with your group or check stuff with your parents), but it’s important to find the right balance between doing enough research and not thinking it for too long. Just remember, there are other students just like you waiting for that perfect study abroad apartment too!
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