Accommodation for students in Cyprus

Жилье на Кипре для студентов
6 January 2021 DOM LiVE
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Foreigners often come to universities in Cyprus to study. For them the most important question is where the student will live while studying on the island? There are many answers, and it's better to explore all of them carefully.

University dormitory

The first thing that comes to mind is "dormitory". It is not just the same as we are used to, but the main idea is similar. Students are living in a room (single room or 2,3, 4-bedroom) which is located in the immediate vicinity of the educational institution. Thus, the students can save time and money on the road, as well as form their own small university “community”, which is so important for young people.

Cyprus "dormitories" are called "student hostels". They are located directly on the university campus or nearby. It is even possible to go to university by walking.

As we mentioned above the rooms can be designed for a different number of people: there are single rooms, there are double, three-bed and four-bed options. As you can guess, the single room is much more expensive than a four-bed one.

The room is fully furnished, it has everything for life and study:

  • bed
  • small wardrobe or chest of drawers
  • table and chairs
  • bookshelf
  • mini fridge
  • electricity and internet.

The bathroom and toilet can be for each room, one for two rooms, or one for the entire block / floor. The kitchen, as a rule, is designed for a large number of residents: it can be one on the floor or even in the entire building. But many students do not use the kitchen as a mini refrigerator and mini ovens in the room are enough for them, and they go to the canteens for full lunch.

If a student (especially a first-year student) has any problems or questions, he can always find help and support from friends, teachers and service personnel. "Dormitories" are especially good for those who need language practice: foreign students in the first year can tighten local languages up and adapt to life in a new country.

It can seem that there are no better accommodation options for a student...

But university hostels have their disadvantages:

  1. Most universities don't have enough rooms. Thus students need to book the place as early as possible, sometimes six months before the beginning of the school year.
  2. The cost of renting a room in a dormitory is not much different from renting a separate apartment. Moreover, a student often has to pay extra for utilities, internet, canteen, etc. A place in a dormitory costs an average of 300-500 euros per month. That can be compared with renting an ordinary apartment in the suburbs.
  3. You feel like a guest in your dormitory. As a rule, small rooms do not imply that they can be furnished to your own taste. Therefore, students often complain about the lack of comfort. Some people also lack privacy. This is more of a psychological rather than a practical side of the issue.

In general, we can say the following: a university dormitory is an excellent solution for a first-year student. He will not need to waste time on the road in an unknown city and country, everything he needs is within walking distance.

He will not be left alone as there will be comrades nearby who will help during difficult times. Also, the student will receive excellent language practice and will begin to speak Greek, and sometimes English.

Second and later year students sometimes stay in dormitories until the end, but usually move to other places. It all depends on how their personal and work life goes.

Important: Cypriot universities often offer an 'all-inclusive' program. This means that you can pay for the entire year of study (including room and meal in a student dormitory). This option offers a discount. This is convenient for many students: they make a single payment and do not worry about housing and meals all year round.

A studio or apartment for rent in Cyprus

Many students and their parents prefer rented housing to university housing.

There are several strong arguments for this:

  • own apartment with personal space
  • the opportunity to save money, if you rent an apartment for a long time, you can find an option cheaper than a room in a dormitory
  • close distance to other necessary places, which is important if a student has a part-time job and does not want to get to work for a long time
  • there is an option to live with university friends, renting 1-2-bedroom apartments for several people
  • If a student wants to live alone, the most suitable option for him is a studio apartment. This is a small apartment that has a kitchen and sleeping area together.

The advantages of a studio are that they are cheaper. The studio is easy to heat in winter (unlike large apartments). Also, the studio can be located near the sea, which will be a plus for a summer time stay in Cyprus.

The advantages of a studio are that they are cheaper. The studio is easy to heat in winter (unlike large apartments). Also, the studio can be located near the sea, which will be a plus for a summer time stay in Cyprus.

Apartments with one or more bedrooms are chosen by several people. Sometimes parents travel with their child to Cyprus to create all the conditions for learning for him.

Sometimes a student finds a soulmate, and they start to live together.

Important: you also need to book an apartment in Cyprus in advance: in many areas adjacent to universities, apartments are in great demand. Therefore, by the beginning of the school year, expensive and not convenient options remain.

To save money on renting an apartment, you can look for it further from universities, in typical residential areas. But in this case you need to spend time on the road. Usually, you will need to buy a car and get a driver's license.

Apartments and houses for sale in Cyprus

If opportunities permit, buying a house in Cyprus is an excellent solution for those who are going to study on the island. You don't have to look for an apartment or a place in a dormitory, you can dispose of the property of your own.

In addition, buying property in Cyprus is a great investment. Even if this is not elite housing, it will not lose it's value, thus it can always be sold if desired. And for the purchase of real estate worth 300 thousand euros, you can get a residence permit with the possibility of regular renewal.

Students often stay in Cyprus after their studies if they want to work here. Therefore, having an own apartment is the most convenient and rational option. If the student after finishing his study leaves the island, the property can be rented out to students, teachers, families, and vacationers.

Despite the fact that during the period of the pandemic, the demand for student housing has decreased, we cannot say that there is real lack of demand. Rather, the decline is temporary, as long as foreign students are on distance learning. As the situation in the world and in Cyprus stabilizes, the interest of students in real estate will increase again.

Cyprus real estate agency DOM has numerous housing options for students, graduate students and teachers. Finding a suitable apartment or house in the DOM database is easy, the filters will allow you to make a choice quickly and easily.

You can also ask a question to a specialist in the "Questions to a professional" section.

Read more:

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  • Accommodation for students in Cyprus (link)
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Source: DOM LiVE
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