Tips for finding accommodation abroad

If you are looking for accommodation abroad, one of the first tasks you will have to carry out is the search for accommodation. We know that this is not an easy task and on many occasions, it can be frustrating, but don’t worry: we have some tips for you to find your ideal accommodation.

Type of accommodation

First of all, you should think of all the positive and negative aspects of each type of accommodation that exist in order to find the option that best suits what you are looking for. These are the usual types of accommodation:

  • Shared room. It is the cheapest option so it can be a good alternative, especially in cities with a high cost of living, where housing prices are high.
  • Private room. This is one of the most demanded options, due to the privacy it offers. Some private rooms also have a private bathroom, so you would only share the rest of the common areas with your flatmates.
  • There are many people who choose a studio, as it offers more privacy and it avoids sharing the kitchen or the bathroom. The space is limited, but they usually have a bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen, so the place is used to the maximum.
  • Entire accommodation. It is a good alternative, both for individuals and to share with other people because you can share the expenses this way.
  • Residence/student halls. It is a great opportunity to meet other people in your same situation and there is always a very festive atmosphere.
This photo features a panoramic view from a high vantage point overlooking the city of Barcelona, Spain. The foreground shows a part of a terraced area with people milling about, including some street vendors and tourists enjoying the view. There are ornate balustrades and classic sculptures framing the scene. The middle ground is dominated by the Plaça d'Espanya, including its prominent fountain and two Venetian towers. The sprawling urban landscape of Barcelona extends into the background with various buildings, both modern and historic, under a dynamic sky filled with clouds. The distant horizon shows the silhouette of mountains, adding a dramatic backdrop to the urban scenery.

Barcelona – Photo from a student study abroad program review in Barcelona on Abroad101

How to find accommodation

Once you have decided on the type of accommodation you are looking for, you will need start searching. To do this, you can use Erasmus Play, where you can compare all the accommodation available, filtering by price, the type of accommodation you are looking for and its characteristics. In addition, all housing options available there are 100% verified, so you will not have to worry about scams.


Finally, we want to leave you with a few tips that you should consider when looking for your accommodation:

Prepare an approximate budget

Preparing a budget can be one of the best things you can do before travelling. We recommend that you calculate approximately how much you can spend each month, considering accommodation, food, leisure, etc. Keep in mind that accommodation will be one of the biggest costs, so try to find out the average rental price in the city where you will be living and set the maximum price you are willing to pay.

Search and book in advance

Regardless of the city where you are going to live, we recommend that you start your search in advance. There are destinations (such as Milan or Barcelona), where thousands of international students arrive every year, so the demand for accommodation is very high, so the best options tend to sell out quickly.

Milan – Photo from a student study abroad program review in Milan on Abroad101

Accommodation expenses

In addition to the monthly rent, you will have other expenses related to the accommodation. The expenses of the bills (electricity, water, gas, etc.), can greatly increase the rental price. Therefore, we recommend that you check whether or not they are included in the rental price, and if not, check how much you would have to pay each month.

In addition to that, you will also have to leave a deposit. This is usually equivalent to the monthly rent, but don’t worry! You will get it back at the end of your stay if there is no damage to the accommodation.

Location of the accommodation

It is also very important that you take into account the location of the accommodation. If possible, we recommend that your accommodation is close to your university or close to the city center, so you can save time and money. In any case, the distances are relative, since there are neighborhoods and areas with better communication than others.

Beware of scams and fraud

It may seem obvious, but you need to be especially wary of scams and frauds. Never pay for anything in advance, unless you do so through a secure website or real estate agency.

Characteristics of the apartment

Also, assess the characteristics of the accommodation. That your room has a window or good lighting may seem silly at first, but you must bear in mind that you are going to spend several months there and it is important to have a space in which you feel comfortable.

We hope our guide on how to find accommodation has been helpful. Good luck with your experience abroad!