If you don’t feel like going into university accommodation, don’t fear! A lot of students in Edinburgh decide to go their own way and search for privately run accommodation, or share a flat. A lot of international students will be looking for flat mates, just like you! If you are on the lookout for some flat mates, check out silverlining apartments Sharing a flat can be a very good option if you already have friends who you know are going to the same university as you, or you are willing to put the time in to find flatmates with a similar social lifestyle to you.
In a shared flat, you often get a lot more ‘living space’ in comparison to living alone, such as a bigger living room and kitchen area. So, get out there and find some friends, to make the most of your study abroad experience!
Each person living in the flat pays for their bedroom, and then you all share the other costs of the house such as bills and internet access. Be aware that some places may include these things in their prices, but some may not – which means you might have to be searching for an internet and TV deal after you sign your contract. For more tips have a look at our guide.
Tips for getting the best accommodation:
- Apply early. We really cannot stress how important this is! The earlier you start looking for your accommodation, the more options you will have. Getting a good housing arrangement can really shape your study abroad experience, so don’t leave it until the last minute!
- Take your time. It is important to start looking early, but that doesn’t mean you sign off on the first house you like the look of! Play the field, make sure you know everything you need to about your property before you sign that contract.
- Be aware of sending money overseas. Although the idea of moving into your new place as soon as you get off the plane is great, it is worth meeting your landlord first before moving in to the accommodation. Only send money to accredited agents or companies, or landlords who have official bank accounts and have provided a legitimate legal contract that will hold up in court.