Studying abroad has a lot of advantages, it opens you up to a vast variety of experiences, from living in a foreign country to encountering a diverse lifestyle.
A notable part of studying abroad is living abroad. From University hostels to renting private apartments in the neighbourhood, students can find various types of accommodation to choose from. Each type has its own unique advantage associated with it for students to avail themselves and enjoy!
Don’t stop reading in order to find out more about the different types of accommodations and which one you should go for.
Most universities have campus accommodation while some have very limited hostels in their universities, and therefore, offer students help with finding apartments or hosting families where they can live. There are a variety of options when it comes to international student accommodations that the students can look into.
Such as shared apartments, school hostels shared apartments or single apartments, and living with local families. Students can choose the best option based on their personal needs, budget, and choices. Let’s take a look at the different types of accommodation students can find in a foreign country;
1. On-Campus Accommodation
International students have a choice to stay on campus. This is undoubtedly the most advantageous option due to several benefits. The main reason to live on campus is the proximity to the university buildings and you are also assured of a safe environment. Other plus points include the easy access to classes, cafes, and library and to other students and local indigenes.
Students on campus can participate in a wide range of social activities, events, cook with friends in the kitchen dorms, and hang out in campus spaces which helps in building relations with colleagues. It is also the cheapest type of accommodation for international students.
However, on the other side staying on campus might have some disadvantages such as the small size of rooms and the quality of people sharing the room with you. The restricted access to facilities outside the school and strictness are some of the drawbacks.
2. Off-Campus Accommodation
Some students prefer to stay in private accommodation outside the school premises. Universities often assist students in finding safe and comfortable accommodation. Private accommodation is equally a great choice for international students. Students can bond with friends or connect with people with similar goals at the same university.
Students live together in a community outside the universities which comes with its own unique experience. The costs of private accommodation can be a little higher although it benefits the different aspects of your social life. It gives you a chance to explore the city with your friends as you do not have to worry about dorm hours and you are also free to cook and clean at your own pace. Another merit of private accommodation is personal space, you can get your own room in a shared apartment or rent an entire apartment for yourself depending on your budget.
3. Accommodation with Local Families
This is also a popular choice in many countries where international students can live with the local family. This is undoubtedly a great experience that helps the students in feeling “less homesick”. It is a feeling of being at home. Most times, the food prices and utility bills are included in the rent. Universities set up international students with suitable families for accommodation. Many students and their parents opt for this type of international student accommodation because of the comfort of living with a family, and a sense of safety.
How to Find the Best Accommodation?
Here are a few points that you must consider before selecting any type of accommodation;
- Is the apartment furnished or not?
- Are study desks provided or not?
- Is there a kitchen equipped with basic utensils and cooking items?
- Are laundry facilities available?
- Are there any additional costs for certain services?
- Is there internet access on your phone do you have to pay extra to get those services?
- What are the accommodation charges and documents required for the contract?
Finding an appropriate accommodation can be difficult if not planned well. Hopefully, this blog on different types of international student accommodation will help you decide on the best-suited accommodation for you. If you need some help with the process, contact our experts at TGM Education on 09080775662, 09088071353, 09088072044, 09088072043.
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