Living in a new country for the first time can be challenging, but there are several simple things you can do to make your time there run that bit smoother while you stay in your Study Abroad Apartment:
1. Roll your clothes up when packing
If, like me, you have trouble fitting everything in your suitcase, just try rolling your clothes up instead of folding them. This will save a lot of space and also helps stop your clothes from getting wrinkles, so you may not have to bring your iron along after all!
2. Buy big bottles of water
Dependant on where you’re living of course, but the tap water abroad isn’t always suitable for drinking. The big bottles of water also tend to be cheaper than the little ones, so it’s a good idea to buy a few big ones every week and just keep topping your personal water bottle up; it will save you a lot more money than you think in the long run.
3. Make yourself a copy of your passport
The easiest way to do this is to scan your passport and send it to your email; trust me it will make things go a lot quicker at the embassy if you ever lose it or have it stolen. Many landlords also require a copy of this when you sign a lease so it helps to have some paper copies on hand too. (It’s also useful to do this with any of your other important documents).
4. Use ATMs to get out money
Nowadays it can be cheaper to just get out money from the source instead of going to a currency exchange place. These usually have their own fees and higher exchange rates, which can be pricier than going straight through your bank; but do make sure to inform them you’ll be using your card abroad and check any extra charges before you go.
5. Bring a portable phone charger
This might seem obvious to some, but these things come in so useful, especially when you move to a new place for the first time. The last thing you want is for your phone to run out of battery when you get lost exploring a different neighborhood...
6. Get a fake wallet to confuse pickpockets
This may seem a bit over the top, but pickpockets are always a risk if you live in a big city and this is a really simple way to trick them. Just put a few coins or fake notes in the wallet and leave it somewhere obvious, you could also put a
Are you about to embark on the trip of a lifetime? Study Abroad Apartments offers some great options for students planning to study abroad. Just get in touch with us if you need any help finding somewhere to stay and we’ll make sure you have one of the best options out there!