A year studying in Europe is actually easier than you may think. With beautiful architecture, iconic landmarks and incredible food, it is easy to see why more students are choosing to expand their mind and explore a different culture to their own. Although there are many routes you can take to find a course or programme across Europe, the Erasmus programme is one of the most popular ways to make your dream a reality.
An Erasmus year will not only allow you to explore other cultures in a way that suits you, it will also let you develop personally and academically. The competitiveness of the current graduate job market means that international experience can be your way of standing out from the growing crowd.
Although the thought of moving to a whole new country can be daunting for sure, Collegiate are here to make certain aspects as streamlined as possible. Here are our top tips on finding the best student accommodation to get you on your way.
What Is The Erasmus Programme?
The Erasmus Programme has been running for years now, and is recognised worldwide. The acronym stands for “European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students”. Founded in 1987, the purpose of the initiative is to allow students from across Europe to gain additional academic knowledge, as well as experience foreign countries to gain cultural insight.
Finding Accommodation for Your Erasmus Exchange
Finding accommodation for your Erasmus Exchange Programme isn’t radically different to any other year abroad whether travelling for your studies, or for a gap year. However, there are a few simple steps you can follow to ensure you aren’t left in a sticky situation when the time comes to head into Europe.
Forward planning and research is key! There really is no substitute for being an early bird and searching before your competition. Check out the city, find out where your campus is situated and talk to anyone who can give you advice on the best locations around. What do you want from your student accommodation? This is a fantastic question to ask yourself and can really help filter out the good from the bad. Make a list of the top 3 which best fit your criteria; this way you are already ahead of the game and prepared for when the time comes to apply.
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There is actually a dedicated Erasmus accommodation search engine online by the name of Erasmusu which could well find you the perfect student accommodation.
Time is of the Essence
All universities taking part in the Erasmus programme will offer student accommodation in university halls so there will be plenty of housing available. However, the best will always fill up fast. This is why we recommend that you make your enquiries as soon as your university place is confirmed to give you the best chance at the top accommodation available.
Of course, don’t forget that Collegiate can help make this process so much simpler for you. If you are coming to the UK on an Erasmus programme and would like to stay in some of the most luxurious accommodation available, then we have a range of studios and apartments to suit every need. Our superior student accommodation has amenities including private fitness suites, resident lounges, dedicated study rooms and cinema rooms to help make your experience as enjoyable as possible. We also have accommodation available in Lisbon, Portugal and Spain.
This guide should give you all you all the information about how you can find the best accommodation for your Erasmus year. There is no substitute for pragmatic planning but the above tips and resources should help you on your way to a successful year on the Erasmus Exchange. Good luck!