We all know that when travelling abroad, accommodation can be hard to find if onehas never been to that particular country before and he/she is unsure which real estate or Housing Rental Companyone should trust. A lot of international students book themselves into a hotel or hostel before finding something more permanent in the area.
When a student has decided to study abroad, they need somewhere to stay. This will be their home for the next few years, where one will live, eat, sleep and quite often where his/her social life will be based. So take some time to research and explore before making the decision.
There are a variety of options when it comes to international student accommodation, and also a number of considerations and checkpoints that should be run through before making the choice – which is also bound to be partially based on personal preference. Whatever the budget, and whether it be university housing or something in the private sector, there will be an option suitable for every student.
Planning, support and advice
The general rule to bear in mind is that the student is responsible for finding his/her own accommodation, but it is common for student to seek help or support from either the university/institute or the consultancy.
This support may range from them going as far as actually finding a place for the student (should they want to leave this to their judgement), to offering a range of options, to simply advising you the best practise to follow. This advice and assistance take the burden off the whole process.
EduBrix have connections with various housing organizations and may be able to find the student somewhere should he/she be having difficulty. Depending on where the student decide to study, their choices of student accommodation may be quite varied and provide very different experiences.
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Types of student accommodation
- Campus accommodation
On-campus Dormitories/Halls of Residence
Campus accommodation is university-run accommodation, and usually within the confines of the university. There are numerous advantages to this, and as such, this is more often than not the first port of call and the most beneficial choice.
The student is likely to be close to other university buildings, and safety is likely to be taken care of by the university – with secure entries and perhaps even security guards on hand.
There are also social benefits –the student will be living amongst many other students, both local and from other countries. Many halls of residence organize social events to bring everyone together regularly, as well as the more casual interactions that come from cooking in a communal kitchen, hanging out in shared leisure space, or simply bumping into people on your way in and out.
Of course there can also be disadvantages. The quality of facilities is likely to vary significantly, so be sure to check things such as location, the size of the rooms and how many people are sharing the space before you make a decision.
- Off – Campus accommodation
Many international students prefer the self-catered option because it allows them the freedom to cook their own food and on their schedule. Self-catered halls are similar to standard halls of residence, but there includes a communal kitchen available to hall residents. These kitchens so frequently used by students do have a reputation for becoming unsightly when not kept up, so try to do your share in cleaning behind yourself and encouraging the same of others.
Leasing Flats/ Houses/ Apartment
Typically students live in halls during their first year, as it makes adjusting to campus life much simpler and helps in making friends. In their second and third years, some students opt to move into a house or flat not associated with the school.
If the student does move into a flat or house, he/she will have to sign a tenancy agreement, which is a legal document outlining the terms of ones stay. The student must make sure to fully understand the terms and issues of the contract, and should she/he have any doubts the same can be discussed with one’s international student advisor.These accommodations also provide the choice of a meal inclusive plan which includes breakfast, evening meal or self-catering where the student can buy or prepare his/her own food.
A flat or house is likely the most costly option, and one may find it hard to find accommodation that is close to campus. However, many students enjoy the freedom to live where they choose, live with whom they like, and choose the type of place they want to live in. With halls, the student doesn’t have this flexibility.We are also able to provide our students with residence along with one of our existing students who are already residing in that location.
Another option, especially popular in countries such as the US, Canada and Australia, is to stay with a local family. Home-stays can be a great experience, providing a different way to get to know the local culture, and perhaps to learn the language.
Universities may run schemes which match students to suitable families. Prices will usually include meals.
Some universities may also offer to arrange temporary accommodation, so the student has time on arrival to look around and make an informed decision about which type of student accommodation he/she will opt for.
- Other allied Accommodation Services
Students are expected to bring their own bedding, kitchen, bathroom and other essentials when moving into their accommodation. International students may find it inconvenient to carry these items from their homeland or purchase them right after arriving in a new country.
Get bedding, kitchen, and bathroom supplies delivered straight to your doorstep in certain countries like the UK, Australia and the USA is possible with EduBrix. Book your kit online from anywhere in the world and have it waiting for you when you move in!
There may be cases where the student doesn’t like the allocated accommodation after moving in. His/her personal preferences may change or the student may not get along with his/her roommates. In such situations, it may be tricky to find a new place to stay on short notice.
EduBrix will help the student replace his/her accommodation in a few, easy steps. All we need are the details of the current accommodation including the price, tenancy period, and room type so our booking expert can offer the student the best alternatives that fit the budget. A one-time service fee is charged for this premium facility.
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Does the housing have all the furnishings that you need? Are they of an acceptable standard? Or do you need to provide your own?
Is there a desk you to work at and enough space for your computer?
Is the kitchen equipped with cooking utensils?
Are bed sheets and linen provided? Are there laundry facilities?
Are there additional costs for certain services?
Are you given phone and internet access? Do you have to sort this out yourself? How much will it cost?