Living in an apartment or residence hall?
Where am I going to live? This is a decision that all students traveling far from home have to make at some point. In Spain the most common options are to live in a university residence hall, a shared apartment, or to rent a complete apartment. Each of these options have their benefits; the best fit for you will depend on your budget and preferences.
University Residence Hall: These are like a kind of hotel for students and for many it is the most comfortable option. Normally residence halls serve cooked food at a cafeteria and someone will be in charge of cleaning your room, perks which allow you to focus 100% of your attention on your studies and enjoying your experience abroad. In addition, here you will have a greater opportunity to meet new people, as residence halls are filled with students in the same situation as you: typically, Spanish students are placed in a residence hall during their first year of studies, so most of the students that study there are new and looking to meet new people. The study environment is ideal since university residence halls usually have various conveniences, such as cafeterias, recreation rooms, gyms, relaxation areas, and more. In terms of location, residence halls are usually a good option given that they are located right on campus.
Room in a Shared Apartment: A shared apartment is usually the most economical choice and is a housing solution preferred by many students. This housing option is an excellent way to learn responsibility and how to live with others. In addition, it’s possible that you’ll be living with students from other nationalities, which could be a rewarding opportunity to learn their language or try their food. A room in a shared apartment is the simplest way to form your own family abroad, as you will be interacting with others on a daily basis. Finally, if you choose to live in a shared apartment, you’ll have more flexibility to choose which location you’d like to live in; shared apartments are usually located in the center of Madrid, allowing you quick and easy access to many of Madrid’s top sites.
Your Own Apartment: There are students that prefer to live in their own space rather than share with other students. This could be the best option for you if you’re on a smaller budget. If you’re not accustomed to sharing your own space with other people, a shared apartment would give you total control over your space as well as complete privacy. You won’t have to face the possibility of roommates missing their rent payment, nor will you have to deal with the possibility of incompatibility or potential conflict with roommates. Your own apartment will allow you to live without depending on anyone for anything!
Any of the options can be suitable for you! feel Make the decision based on your budget and whether the location suits you best and enjoy your time in Spain