How To Save On Accommodation As A Study Abroad Student

By Isabel Eva Bohrer in association with

As a study abroad student, one of the most significant expenses you will have will be accommodation. From home stays to shared apartments to student residences and hostels, there are numerous options for you to choose from. Before you select your preference, consider the following factors to reduce your costs:

Pick the right neighborhood

Cheap Hotels just released a Budget Hotel Report that compared 2 and 2.5 star hotels in the 30 most popular travel destinations in the United States. The results revealed significant variations in rates, which can differ more than $100 for neighborhoods in the same city. Thus, when you are looking at accommodations, check the price AND a map. Weigh the location against the rate and consider how much time you will spend in the hotel versus traveling to the sites you want to see. Also, be sure to see whether the neighborhood is safe. Last but not least, by staying in a less popular neighborhood, you may learn more about the local culture than by staying in the city centre!

Share a room

Sharing a room is a standard trick to reducing costs. A trick to find even more affordable options is to search in the target language. Did you know that in Spain, hostels are known as “albergues” or “hostales”? Just making a few changes in spelling can yield different results and prices. In Brazil, a pousada may be offering both shared and private rooms. Similarly, in Argentina, the mountain huts, also called refugios, will offer shared accommodation.

Eat In

As a student, you become used to eating (and preparing) quick meals. However, French fries, burgers and pasta aren’t the only things you should be consuming. Getting an apartment with a kitchen will not only enable you to eat healthier meals, it will save you money as well. Stock up on groceries, get a couple of friends together and have a potluck. You will save big bucks and have fun at the same time.

Book with a local operator

Many local and country-specific operators that may offer better deals than the international ones. If you speak the local language, that’s even better. This way, you can Google sites in that language, or ask operators in person once you arrive at your destination.

Live with locals

Last but not least, there are ways to stay entirely for free (or very low costs). Camping will fall in to the category of the latter. Couchsurfing in contrast, is known for being free, although a gift to the host will be appreciated. Check out to find a local host; the website uses an algorithm to link you with local hosts that share the same interests.

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