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Finding accommodation in a new country can be challenging for
many reasons. Students from Hull who were abroad last year or
currently abroad can be invaluable when considering accommodation
options. Your department can put you in contact with students that
are there at the moment or with those who have recently
Make sure you use the accommodation
checklist when you consider your options.
Depending on where your placement is, some students go out for a
few days during the summer and find private accommodation then.
Don’t go out too early as you may end up paying rent for the whole
summer. However, it means you have the peace of mind that you will
have somewhere to live when you arrive at the start of your
placement. It also gives you a chance to get to know the city and
maybe take friends or members of your family with you so you are
not looking on your own. Make sure you use the accommodation
checklist that you can download when you look at properties.
If you are doing a university study placement, check whether
your host university provides accommodation for exchange students.
Look at the partner university website for relevant information.
The accommodation application form may be part of the required
application forms that you have to send to your host
Things to consider when deciding
Location – Will you feel safe walking back there at night?
Public transport – How will you get to university or work?
Rent – What is your budget?
When is the best time to look?
Lots of students go abroad a few weeks before the placement
begins and find somewhere to move into straight away. This means
you only have to travel there once, but make sure you go early
enough as it is very hard to keep looking after your study or work
placement begins. Book a few nights in advance at a youth hostel or
a hotel as you don’t know how long it will take to find
Do your research before you go. Some students find accommodation
online and arrange everything before they go. However, it is always
better to view accommodation before you agree to anything. If you
are doing a study placement, your university may have an
Accommodation Office that can suggest useful websites that list
available accommodation. If you are doing an assistantship or a
work placement then do ask the British Council, your school or your
company if there is any assistance they can provide.
On your year abroad you will have a variety of accommodation
options. Some of you may be in university halls of residence while
others will be in private accommodation. Not all countries have the
same laws protecting tenants and it is your responsibility to
ensure that you are satisfied with the security of your
accommodation. Any concerns should be reported to either your
academic department or the IMAP team who can help resolve any
Easier to arrange
Already organised when you arrive
Come into contact with more students
Can’t choose who you live with
International students are often housed together and end up
Might have longer notice period to move out
You choose who you live with
Probably get more language practice
You will live with native speakers
Make be better quality
You have to find it
More time consuming and have to go abroad earlier
Probably more Expensive
Can be bureaucratic (e.g. with estate agents)