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After you know where you are going, your next concern might be where you will stay. Finding accommodation abroad might be challenging at times. You might feel overwhelmed, not knowing where to start. Knowing the basics of finding accommodation is a good starting point and could come in handy. There are a few things that need to be taken into consideration. It all might help you find the best place, that fits your needs.

Finding Accommodation for Your Exchange Program – The Basics

Start searching early

Rent doesn't usually change if you are early, but it would definitely be one less thing to worry about. Some places, like student dorms or apartments close to your university, will most likely be the number 1 choice for most students. For this reason, they might be fully booked a few weeks before the semester begins.

Know your preferences

Would you like to have some more privacy? Or maybe you don’t mind sharing a room with someone? Would you rather live close to the city centre or to the university (and often pay a little more)? Would you prefer saving some money but live far away? You will need to choose the best place for you, based on your personal preferences and also your budget. Here are some pros and cons of living in student dorms and in private apartments:

Student dorms

ProsCons
Usually, living in student dormitories is much more affordable (well, maybe except for the UK). You will get to know people from all over the world and in a similar situation as you. Most dorms are close to the university so you won't have to wake up super early to be there. Also, whenever you feel homesick, sharing a room with someone could make things easier;
If you are sharing a room and/or bathroom, you will probably realize that you don't have as much privacy as you would like. You will also have to deal with someone else's capacity (or lack of capacity) of cleaning after themselves. Additionally, if you are a person that needs some peace and quiet, especially if you need a good night's sleep, living in a student-filled dormitory might not be the best option;

Rented Apartments

ProsCons
Having an apartment for yourself, often means having some privacy. This is perfect for someone that needs to be alone after a long day at work or university;
You can get a bit lonely at times. Prices tend to be much higher, especially if you want to be close to the city centre or to your university;

Ask the international office of your university about your options

Sometimes, universities provide assistance when it comes to student accommodation. If not, they could simply tell you what you could do and what documentation you will need.

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When you finally find a place to stay, you can start planning your adventure. Stay updated with our Erasmus-related topics! Check out our Erasmus Student Guide category on our blog and don’t hesitate to access the endless source of information underneath. You're welcome!

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Last modified: August 9, 2019

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