What accommodation options are available for international students, and what key questions should you ask when deciding where to live?

So you've decided to study abroad. You now need somewhere to stay. This will be your home for the next few years, where you will live, eat, sleep and quite often where your social life will be based. So take some time to research and explore before making your decision.


Accommodation is bound to be one of the first things that comes to mind when you consider studying abroad, and your final decision will be based on a number of factors. There are a variety of options when it comes to international student accommodation, and several considerations and checkpoints you should run through before making your choice - which is also bound to be partially based on personal preference.

Whatever your budget, and whether it be university housing or something in the private sector, there will be an option for you.

As an international student, this may be the first time you've lived on your own, or perhaps even your first time abroad. It may also be the first time you have had to manage costs and deal with any aspect of accommodation.

It is, therefore, important to realize at the outset that this is a major decision. Your student accommodation will be a place you relax, study, and probably most importantly, meet friends, natives and fellow travellers.