Renting: a few things to remember


Moving city, moving country or moving to new accommodation - it’s all exciting, but first there are a few things you have to do to avoid disappointment in the long run.

Once you’ve decided which country you want to study in, you have to make yourself familiar with the rules/legal requirements concerning rentals in this country. A good place to start is the university’s administration and also their student body. Many universities have dormitory or apartment style accommodation on campus or nearby. Another avenue would be to contact the Erasmus Student Network (ESN). They also help with many other things, but it’s only for European countries.

Before you actually view a flat you should know what to look for, and what to ask; it also would be a good idea to have all your papers and a friendly mug shot(s) in a manila folder, which you can leave with the potential landlord. You might find this a bit over the top, but at the end of the day it helps the landlord to make a decision (hopefully in your favour). This folder should also include some references. If you have not rented before maybe someone can write you a character reference, even if you worked part-time at the ‘Golden Arches’, for example.


Apart from the layout (floor plan), and any aesthetic requirements you might have, there are a few others. Think not only of your requirements, but also your responsibilities.

You might, for example, want to write a kind of renters CV. It doesn’t have to be long. It’s just a “hello”. If you have flatmates introduce them as well. Not in detail, only to show who is in your group. It should be short and to the point (one A4 page), and show that you are a responsible person/group.