Going on Erasmus? One of the first and most important tasks you will have to do is to find accommodation. In this post, we present a series of key tips on how to find accommodation for your Erasmus and not die trying.
Choose the type of accommodation
First, you should think about what type of accommodation you prefer. It is best to make a list of the pros and cons of each option. Generally, the main accommodation options are:
- Shared room. This is the cheapest option, and if you are going on Erasmus with a friend or classmate from the same university, it can be one of the best alternatives.
- Private room. Living in a shared flat is one of the most popular options for several reasons. On one hand, it is usually a cheap option (although not as cheap as a shared room). On the other hand, in addition to the privacy it offers, sometimes the rooms have a private bathroom, so you would only have to share the rest of the common areas with your flatmates.
- Studio flat. Many students choose this option because of the privacy it offers. Generally, space is limited, but it is often made the most of, as studios have a bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen.
- Entire apartments. This is a good alternative whether you want to live on your own or share with other students and share the costs. However, if you are looking for accommodation all to yourself, it will probably be more expensive than a studio.
- Student hall of residence. It is a great opportunity to meet other students and there is always a festive atmosphere. However, it is not the ideal environment to relax.
- Coliving. Coliving combines private living space with numerous common areas, such as a work area, leisure and relaxation areas, etc.
If you still have doubts, you can read more about the type of accommodation you can choose for your Erasmus destination here.
Find and book accommodation in advance
Our advice is to check how the rental market works and the average prices you can expect in your Erasmus destination.
Bear in mind that many students will be moving to the same city on the same dates as you, so the earlier you start looking for accommodation, the more options you can find.
Location of accommodation
The big dilemma for every student: near the university or in the city centre? Each of these options has its advantages and disadvantages that you will need to weigh before making a decision.
In either case, being close to your university or the city centre will save you time and money, as you will spend most of your time in both places. In any case, you should be aware that distances are relative, as some neighbourhoods and areas are better communicated than others.
Set up an approximate budget
Obviously, some cities and countries are much cheaper than others, which will largely determine your average budget. Therefore, making a rough budget can be one of the best things you can do before starting your housing hunt.
We recommend you to calculate approximately how much money you will have available each month, considering all expenses, or at least the most important ones: accommodation, leisure, food and travel. Yes, everybody knows that during Erasmus you have to take the opportunity to travel. Accommodation will probably be one of the biggest costs, so you must figure out the average rent at your Erasmus destination and set according to that, the maximum price you are willing to pay.
In addition to the monthly rent, you should check whether or not the utility bills (electricity, water, gas, etc.) are included in the rental price, as they can increase the price a lot. If they are not included, we recommend you to calculate approximately how much you will have to pay each month.
On top of that, you will also have to pay a security deposit, but don't worry! If there is no damage to the accommodation at the end of your stay, you will get it back.
Beware of scams and frauds
It seems obvious, but you have to watch out for scams and frauds. The most important thing: always book through secure platforms and websites where the flats are verified, so you know that the accommodation will be just like the pictures.
Do not pay anything in advance unless you do it through a secure website or through a real estate agency. On Erasmus Play, you will be able to search and compare hundreds of accommodations easily.
Characteristics of the accommodation
Is the accommodation fully equipped, does your room have a window and is there natural light? These questions may seem silly now, but they are not. Bear in mind that you will be spending several months at your Erasmus destination, so it is essential to have a comfortable space.
We hope you find this guide on how to find accommodation for your Erasmus useful! If you have any questions, you can write to us and we will be happy to help you.