While abroad, having a place to call home is key to a successful experience, and that is why finding accommodation is one of the hardest things you will face when preparing your international trip. Shared apartment or studio, residence or host family, too many questions that we will try to answer in this guide to help students find the right accommodation when moving abroad.
Length & time
The time and length of your stay will influence your final decision. If you are staying a short amount of time you will want to maximise your cultural immersion. A host family will provide a better immersion compared to the student living in a studio or sharing a flat with other students.
It’s not the same to travel abroad when you are 18 than when you are in your mid 20s. Going out, meeting friends at home, shopping, cooking, doing the laundry, cleaning the house, … Consider what you want and what you don’t want to do during your time abroad. Living with a host family will be a completely different experience to living by yourself in a studio apartment. It may safe time and headaches.
Living in a shared apartment while being away from home and dealing with multiple challenges is an advisable experience. To make life just a bit easier it is important to get along with your flat mates and have a friendly and clean flat. Communication is key so polite manners are a must. Giving each other space is and cleaning up after yourself are required. And if you want to borrow something, ask first. All these will help you to keep a friendly environment.
Search vs organised
Nowadays you can easily search accommodation online but beware that scams are all over the internet. Look up for the prices in your destination and compare them to the cost of the flat you are interested in. To avoid headaches, Euroace and some language schools and agencies will reserve your accommodation in advance so you don’t have to worry about anything but booking your flights.