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Written by Sam | March 17, 2020

Erasmus projects are an amazing project for students to do and we support them massively. They open your eyes to a whole new world, culture, and education system and you can come back to implement the great things about the place you have just been!

Erasmus and international students have a high rate of satisfaction and can be an incredible experience, but that doesn’t mean it comes without its difficulties! The biggest hurdle international students have is being away from home for a length of time, adapting to the lifestyle away from home, and getting into a routine with friends. 

Today it is easier to find social groups and advice on temporarily moving to a new country and we would urge you to find those who have a common interest. The best ways we have found to overcome homesickness is:

  • Push yourself out of your comfort zone and into new social groups & continue to go even if you don’t want to
  • Schedule a time each week to speak to your loved ones, this will give you something to look forward to
  • Create a routine for yourself in your new city, make sure you take walks, get to classes, see others, and be social. 

When you want to study in a different country there are a few things you might want to consider first:

  • Are you committed to the full length or term of the study
  • Have you been away from home before and how did you feel and manage to be away from home?
  • Logistics, in the new city, is it well connected, and can you get around freely on public transport?
  • Language, do you know a little bit to get you by while you are there
  • Is the university known for your course, does it have any perks to it?
  • Living costs, try to figure out how much you might need a week and how you will cover that, will you need to work or freelance? Or can you build a pot before you go out to live off
  • Exchange rate & banking – many international students can be hit with high exchange rates in the wrong places and bank charges for international fees. Get the right account for you
  • Guarantors – will you need one for your house? 

Erasmus students need accommodation for a short period of time or a shorter period of time than a normal student who is studying a full-time course of 44 or 51 weeks and this makes it harder to find accommodation.

This poses a problem from both sides of the coin, landlords would prefer a full-time student in their property because they will pay rent for a longer period of time, they don’t need to worry as much about getting it ready for another tenant and how they will most likely cover the mortgage for the remainder of the year.

From a student perspective, it is difficult to find a University accredited landlord for the reason above. It doesn’t leave you many avenues to explore, some may go down the Air BnB route, however, this can be expensive and if you do find a house that can be let for a short period then they are usually not as good quality as the other houses because they are done on short term lets and given less attention.

Our advice to explore and find these Erasmus houses are:

  • We can help point you in the direction of landlords and letting agents who take Erasmus students
  • Speak to the University as to who they recommend – they will have a select set of landlords who may offer this
  • Go to specific student letting agents in the City (providing you are in the country) and ask if they have any rooms spare.
  • If you aren’t in the country then make sure that your email/call any agent that is in the area and might possibly have space for you. If you have any friends in the City, ask them to visit agents and see houses for you!
  • Always view the house, even if it is by skype, this gives you a clue of what the house is like
  • Try and find groups on social media of international students and see what they did and who they might recommend! 

Before we leave you to decide whether the Erasmus project is for you, we want to give you some tips to help you make the most of your time in your new temporary home:

  • Throw yourself in, enjoy it, if you immerse yourself; you will get the most out of it
  • Find the balance between work and new friends
  • Go to the gym, sports clubs, meetups, societies, or anything where you have the ability to meet people. An Erasmus can be a lonely place if you allow it.
  • Make sure you have as much organised before you leave such as accommodation, transfers, phone, and banking.

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