Planning on studying abroad in Europe? There are bound to be tons of things you’re going to want to do on this once in a lifetime opportunity! But whether you’re skydiving above the Swiss Alps or combing through a farmer’s market in Italy, you’ll always want to have a nice place that you can come home to.
Here are a few tips on what to expect when going abroad and looking for sweet places to live:
1. Cultural differences
Consider that things are different in Europe and student accommodations in general. In most cases students tend to have at least one bedroom that is shared.
This all depends on the city you’re going to, but keep in mind that all cities and countries have completely different real estate markets and costs will vary accordingly. For example, Paris and London are going to be much higher than Madrid. And in cities like Rome, the area where everyone wants to live in the heart of Trastevere is much more expensive than an apartment that is 10 minutes away in Prati (similar is the case in Prague).
Cities in Europe tend to be smaller and easier to manage in terms of transportation. A lot of cities have convenient metro options that can get you from one side of a city to another in a matter of minutes. Choose a location that is relatively close to school, but also close enough to areas of the city that you know you want to explore.
As we mentioned, living in an apartment in a foreign country is totally different. While there is a great sense of independence and freedom, you should also be aware that things such as blazing WIFI speeds and hot water 24 hours a day is just simply less available (especially in countries such as Spain, France, and Italy). Americans like to blast their hot water for 15 minutes, Europeans tend to be more conscientious.
5. Living with friends
Our advice is definitely to try and live with at least one friend, but if you are able to find other people to live with, than you should most certainly explore that option. Studying abroad is about expanding your horizons, and living with new people is a big part of what will give you new friends that last a lifetime.
If you’re looking for housing abroad, let Study Abroad Apartments do the work for you. They provide the best apartments in the most popular locations that are safe, clean and convenient. And because Study Abroad Apartments has multiple apartments available in most of their buildings, it’s easy for large groups of friends to live together.
About Study Abroad Apartments: Study Abroad Apartments knows what American students are looking for. Co-founders Brett Newman and Ryan Blum started this company after experiencing the pitfalls of finding an apartment in an unknown city on their own. They realized there was a need for a reliable student accommodation platform that would take away the surprises that could ruin what is supposed to be the best experience of your life. Brett and Ryan are experts on all the prime European cities and are great resources that will give you their honest advice to make sure you’re happy with your accommodations.