How to Decide Guide 2015

If you're having trouble making a decision about whether study abroad is right for you, you might want to download our handy 'How to Decide' Guide 2015

The guide is designed for all undergraduate students who intend to spend, or are considering spending, some time abroad as part of their degree programme. The information is intended as a brief guide to get you thinking about your time away, and to direct you to further resources on this site.


Organising accommodation for your time abroad is often the biggest priority for students prior to departure. Depending on what kind of placement you will be doing, you may have the option of going into halls, finding accommodation through a university or student housing association, or renting a room or flat privately. 

It is your responsibility to research your options and organise your accommodation. To assist you with this process we have collated feedback collected from our returning Study Abroad students, providing an indication of the type of accommodation they resided in, how they obtained their residence and whom they lived with whilst abroad. We recommend you use the region specific links at the bottom of this page as a starting point to gain an insight from those who have previously lived in your host country. 

Finding accommodation in a different country is not always easy, but remember this is all part of the challenge of living abroad! 

Where should I begin? 

  • Research all possibilities 

Beginning your research early will allow you time to make an informed decision. Visit your host university’s website, use our region specific pages to explore various possibilities and seek advice from students currently abroad or those that have recently returned. Do not assume you will automatically be allocated university housing; be prepared to look for accommodation in the private sector.

  • Consider your options 

Finding a spacious, reasonably priced apartment in the centre of a metropolitan area may be ideal, but it is not particularly realistic. Look at the options available to you, prioritise amenities (with your budget in mind!) and be prepared to compromise. 

  • Don't panic

Although moving to a new country prior to securing accommodation may seem incredibly daunting, it is extremely common for our students to do so. If possible, arrive early to begin your search and be prepared to spend your first week in a hotel or hostel. 


Europe A - F


Europe G - N


Europe P - Z






South America


USA & Canada


Australia & New Zealand

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