Finding accommodation

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 returned.

Make sure you use the accommodation checklist when you consider your options.

Private accommodation

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.

University accommodation

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 university.

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 accommodation.

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.

Accommodation security

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 issues.

  Pros Cons
University

Easier to arrange


Already organised when you arrive

Come into contact with more students

Probably cheaper

Can’t choose who you live with


International students are often housed together and end up speaking English

Might have longer notice period to move out

Private

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)

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