If you're going abroad for your studies, either for a few weeks or a few months, you'll need to deal with some practical issues as well as educational issues. One such practical concern is finding accommodation – how can you find somewhere to stay when you're not currently in the country? To help you through this, we're sharing some tips on how to find a place to live while you're studying abroad.
Through your university
Wherever you're travelling for your study abroad, it's likely that the university which you're visiting will be able to help you with your move. Many universities have an international office, or a visiting students office, which is there to help you with any issues you have – including dealing with paperwork, help with language problems, and finding accommodation. They may have a list of reliable private accommodation in the area, or a message board on which staff and students can post if they have a free room to rent. Some universities even have their own accommodation, which you can rent by the semester, usually for not too much money. The advantage of going through your university is that people who know the local area can advise you on where is a good location, and what a reasonable cost is. The disadvantage is that university-provided accommodation can tend to focus on being safe and in less exciting areas of town – if you want somewhere more adventurous in a lively area, then you should consider renting privately.