Student Accommodation Tips: A Survival Guide
Studying abroad is a life-changing experience. You pack your life in suitcases and embark on the journey to the new horizons. However, many students struggle to settle in foreign countries. Securing the right student accommodation alone can be a daunting task. On the brighter note, there are many other students who have been where you are now or have the same problems as you. What is more, with due diligence and vision in place, there are actually not many things that could go wrong. Here is my guide to finding the best student accommodation for you and making the process of finding a place to live as hassle-free as possible.
Get a head start
Finding the suitable accommodation is one of the chief concerns. A good place to start is your university campus because a decent student lodging is usually quite affordable here. Also, it gives you a chance to meet new people and avoid the typical headaches that can be caused by trying to find student accommodation in the town or city surrounding the campus. Still, strive to get into the numbers game when choosing accommodation: take into account the total price for the whole semester and divide it up by the month.
Feel free to look around more, if you think that there are better offers available. A student service office should have a long list of student-friendly homes in the area. This brings us back to the point of financial projection. Namely, it is highly advisable to come up with a sound monthly budget and anticipate all the expenditures.
Bear in mind that, while in many countries the local tax laws free students from paying council tax in a rental properly, some other legislations may face you with additional costs in this department. It goes without saying that you should assess the living costs, including food, transportation, entertainment, bills, etc. Sometimes the bills are not included, and when a place features massive heating, broadband, and a phone, that could pose a problem down the line when large utilities bills arrive.
Get yourself connected
Another important aspect is the rent cycle of the particular city. In some metropolises such as London, the accommodation is sorted out nice and easy, and there is no need to do it months in advance. On the other hand, in smaller communities, the accommodation may be listed well ahead of time. So, do not hesitate to ask people around the university. You could also do that in digital hubs since the internet is full of answers.
Student housing forums and local sites should hold plenty of options for you. Also, it is a good idea to join the Facebook group of your future university. There, fellow students chat, connect, and interact around the clock, providing invaluable insights to freshmen. You can post any question you may have, and even find a cool roommate and possibly a friend for life. Many colleges also set up Facebook groups for students who will be living on-campus, allowing you to get chatting to other new students before you arrive. This can be particularly useful if you are traveling from far overseas, want to practice your English or are feeling s bit apprehensive about meeting lots of new people.