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Looking for accommodation in a country you are yet to live in can be a very difficult and stressful process. Your options include university accommodation, private flats and shared student housing.
Halls of Residence/University Accommodation
The easiest option for postgraduate students who have chosen to study overseas is probably to live in the university halls of residence. These are generally based near to the university campus and can either be an en suite (includes a toilet, shower and wash basin), a single bedroom, or a studio (includes same as the en suite with a kitchen section). More information about the halls of residence offered by the university can be found on their website, and this will include details of where the halls are located, cost, photographs and an email address of who to contact to ask about any questions, and also information about how to apply for a room as not all postgraduates are guaranteed a place. Some university websites will allow you to take a virtual tour of halls of residence to view what it is like. Many halls of residences have a student common room, for you to socialise and meet new and other students in your halls.
There are also private halls of residence in Europe such as Unite and Nido, which are available in major cities and towns in the UK. These offer studio flats or twin rooms to share in central locations near to universities and based in the city centre. They include a student common room and all bills are included in the price and it is an easy way to get a room that you will comfortable in.
The halls of residence option is not for everyone, and for those who wish to look further afield there are many useful websites to find other places where to live.
One useful website for students to use is www.accommodationforstudents.com . This website covers accommodation options for various European and worldwide countries and will give you details of student houseshare opportunities, ie a bedroom that a group of students need to let in their flat or house, what area it is located in, price per week/month, who lives in the flat and photos of the flat. From this you can message the person/flat you are interested in via the website and set up a time to view the flat and meet the people. If you are abroad this may be harder to do so you can Skype the people or email them about your interest in the flat.
Another useful website to find accommodation in the UK is Gumtree. This website is not exclusive to students only, so some people may be working full-time already. It is similar to accommodation for students: as you enter in your desired location, flat or house preference and have a browse at the options that follow. You can set up viewings via this website or email about Skyping the residents to get an option to see the flat and get to know them.
For students moving abroad to Europe, another website that may be of use to you is erasmate.com. This website has details of all flats and houses that are available to students only in various countries and cities across the globe. All you have to do is choose the destination and get browsing. This website is recommended by many universities to use.
Be careful when looking for student accommodation
When you are looking for a flat or house to live in for your year abroad, be sure to remain safe when going to view flats and meeting potential housemates. Do tell friends and family of where you are going and whom you are meeting. It is also important to research the area of where the residence is and to research an area of where you wish to stay to make sure it has suitable transport links and is a safe area for you to walk in and around.
Applying for accommodation involves taking up a lot of time and often results in you applying for a variety of different places to potentially stay in as some of them may fall through. Be prepared to be let down in some cases and to keep looking. Look for a place that you will be happy to make your home for the next year.
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