There’s lots of things to plan before you study abroad. One of things you should consider plenty of time in advance is accommodation.
Figuring out where you want to live for a few months in another country does sounds scary- but it’s really not that bad.
I’ll break down the main options to make it simple, there are two main types:
- Student Accommodation (This would be my preference)
This is probably what you’re already used to if you are a second or third year student. Student accommodation buildings are usually pretty big, so there’ll be lots of other students there you can make friends with. They are usually in the city too which can be handy to getting around. Plus, big universities are usually near city centres so that means less travelling which is great for getting to class.
There are different kinds of apartments in these buildings, like shared rooms, or en-suites, that kind of thing. If you want to save some dollar for extra travelling when you’re in Oz, you might want to look into sharing an apartment, as these can be a fair bit cheaper!
2. Home Sweet Home-stay
Homestay is when you pay a local family to live with them for a set period. As you can imagine, homestay experiences can vary quite a lot, depending on the people you live with and their homes.
This can be the best/worst part about homestay- you don’t know for sure what it’s going to be like. You could get on well with your homestay family, or not so well. But don’t let that thought put you off, homestay families WANT someone to come and stay with them, which is why they do it. It’s just something to bear in mind.
With homestay, you aren’t restricted to either rural or urban areas as people offer the homes up to students all over. So, you have more choice of whether you want to live in the heart of the city, or somewhere more rural.
With some families, you can arrange a meal plan. This way, you pay them a bit extra to cook for you (you can arrange how many days a week for example). This would save a lot of cooking and is just easier than cooking yourself.
Some tips to deciding on where to stay:
- Consider BOTH types of housing, so you know what other options you have
- Think carefully about pricing- e can you afford an en-suite with a double bed? If not, look into single-bed shared apartments
- Have a chat with parents, friends and your study abroad advisor from either your home university or one you’re thinking of going to
- Take your time- don’t rush into making a decision too soon. Just have a look around and have a think about it
- Most importantly, don’t worry! There are honestly so many places to choose from, there will always be somewhere available
To help understand the difference between the two options, have a look at this table!
|You don’t tend to live with other students, so It can make it harder to make new friends||You get to meet lots of new people|
|Food can be included (which you do pay more for), which saves you cooking!||You cook your own meals and buy your own groceries|
|Usually cheaper||More expensive|
|Possibly more restricted i.e coming in late at night, house rules etc.||Freedom to come and go whenever you please|
|If there’s any issues, you speak to your homestay family/ person||There’s normally 24 hour security, so there’s always someone to go to|
|Good for solo travelling||Good for doing things in groups|
I hope this blog is helpful, if so please like and comment any questions below – thank you 🙂