- Review the Links and Resources Your Host University Provided You With
- Start thinking about whether you would like to stay in dorms/on campus or in an apartment.
- The links your school provides you with will be useful, and they can put you in contact with the accommodation so that you can ask questions etc.
- 2.) Do Your Research
- Look at the location of your school and/or close to the city.
- Research if the area is safe and where the “recommended” areas to live are in your city.
- Average Prices
- Every country and city will vary in prices, but you can start to think about what your budget is, and what might fit it.
- Start browsing online to see what the average prices of different options are in your city.
- Accommodation in the city center will typically cost more than on the outskirts.
- Check the differences between a shared dorm vs. your own room or in a studio apartment
- Check the transit options in your city, and whether the accommodation is in an accessible area.
- Important amenities: is there a grocery store nearby? laundry mat? Pharmacy? Etc.
- Is it nearby/ easily accessible to your host school?
- Tip: use google maps to see the transit options from the location of the accommodation.
- Know how you can get from point A to point B
- 3.)Set a Budget
- It is important to have realistic goals about your budget while you are searching for accommodation. Setting a clear budget will also help narrow down your search.
- Think about what kind of accommodation you want, and how much money you want to have left over for your daily living, fun, travel etc.
- Keep in mind that some places may not have utilities included in the price, so your rent may vary month to month! [Symbol] Check the details.
- 4.) Credibility
-Does the accommodation have any reviews or contacts?
-Are there pictures? Regardless of where you are looking for accommodation, you should be able to see good pictures of the place prior to arriving.
– Is the website legit? Make sure you are on a credible website. This is why it is important to get recommendations from your host school, they will give you reliable resources.
5.) Look into all of the Details! Ask Questions!
- Make sure to always ask questions, do you know anyone that studied abroad in the same place?
- Lots of cities have Facebook groups for your university or for finding accommodation, these can be good resources for finding information.
- Check all of the details about the accommodation. What amenities does it provide or lack? Where is it located? How many people will be sharing the same apartment? Is it co-ed? Is it just for students? What are the house rules?
- Make sure to look for an accommodation that you are comfortable with, so that you enjoy your experience.
You can always ask your TRU study abroad ambassadors for help or advice!
Come to one of our SAS sessions or message us on Facebook and we will do our best to help you with your research.
Remember that while finding accommodation may be a bit stressful, it can also be very exciting! This will be your future home!
Note: Although all countries and cities will have different procedures and forms of finding accommodation, hopefully these tips help make your process easier! Good luck!
Written by Amy Dubeau
TRU Study Abroad Ambassador