All you need to know about booking an apartment abroad with a group of friends

All you need to know about booking an apartment abroad with a group of friends

Posted by Dominic Colosimo on Aug 21, 2018 9:19:00 AM

Studying abroad with a group of your closest college friends is a dream come true as you are able to share some of the most memorable experiences with people you already know and love. Booking a shared apartment with some friends from your home university through Study Abroad Apartments is a great option because you get to enjoy your experience abroad with your friends.

Many students contact us with large groups and this is exactly what we specialize in. Here is a breakdown of what we recommend if you're a large group.

Option 1, 4 - 6 roommates:

You’ll be able to find great options for a group size of 4 - 6 people. Most apartments in Europe are designed to sleep a maximum of 6 people. It’s common to share a room when you're abroad. Keep in mind you won’t be in the apartment that much!

Option 2, 6 - 12 roommates:

Your best bet is to split up into 2 or 3 groups depending on which city you are studying in. Contact our team to get recommendations on buildings that can house your groups. Each apartment should have 1 group organizer who can coordinate the reservation for the rest of the group. We’ve found that making one person responsible will save you time and headaches down the road!

Option 3, group of 12+ roommates:

This is a large group! Unlike many U.S. college campuses, European cities do not have large apartments or houses for groups this size! If you’re a group this size you will have to split up into multiple groups and aim to live in the same building or in apartments close in proximity to each other. Contact our team for specific options.

Our options have the flexibility of mixed and shared rooms and are mostly centrally located. Here are some tips when living in a shared apartment abroad with your friends from home.

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Booking

During the SAA booking process, make sure the leader of your group who is in contact with our bookings team is forwarding the emails from our team to all your roommates. This keeps everyone in the loop with which option we think is going to be best for your group. If other group members are in contact with us, please mention who you plan to live with so we can communicate with the group as a whole. This way if a group member has an opinion about the different options, they are able to voice them to our team and the rest of the group.

 

Groups over 6 people are often difficult to accommodate so we suggest your group to split into two groups. Often we can put both groups in the same building as we have done this many times in the past.

 

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Payment

Once you select an option and are accepted as a group you can easily invite your roommates to take part in completing the payment, just by adding their email address under “Invite Tenants” in “My Booking Section” of your account. This is the biggest advantage when making a group booking with SAA. Splitting the payment in cash or bank transfers is annoying and often takes more time, whereas paying directly to us is much more efficient!

 

Before you arrive

You will receive the landlord’s contact details and he will receive yours. We will also send you a Tenant Contact Form which is important in case we need to reach you or your roommates in an emergency. Once you arrive, make sure to discuss with your landlord on how you will pay rent every month and by what method.

 

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Living in a large apartment with your closest friends mights be challenging at times. Keeping it clean can be a challenge. We recommend taking advantage of the cleaning service offered by the landlord!

 Enjoy your stay and make the most of your time abroad!

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!   

 

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