‘LET US HELP YOU WITH YOUR ACCOMMODATION’
Accommodation for students studying in Cyprus is quite restrictive at the moment in regards to the type of accommodation available. With the exception of very few single room student accommodation (‘Esties’) that certain universities offer and which are mainly in certain areas in Nicosia, all students have to rent flats near the university or in the city that they will be studying at. These flats are usually single bedroom flats or in cases where students are prepared to share with another student, they may rent a flat with two (2) or even three (3) bedrooms. Costs vary depending on the area, the size of the flat, what the student prefers and the amount the student is able to pay.
Approximate costs for accommodation start from as follows:
€3,600 (€300 a month x 12) single room student accommodation (Esties) (including bills)
€3,960 (€330 a month x 12) for a single bedroom flat
€4,800 (€400 a month x 12) for two (2) bedrooms flat
€5,400 (€450 a month x 12) for three (3) bedrooms flat
With the exception of the single rooms (Esties), all bills (electricity, gas, common utilities) are usually extra for those renting private flats.
The above will need to be paid for four (4) years as bachelor degrees in Cyprus are usually four (4) years. These figures are only rough estimations.
There are different types of accommodation that students can use whilst studying in the UK.
University Halls of Residence
Universities halls of residence are facilities offered to students at the university campuses and in most cases are guaranteed for year 1 students. Students live with other students and usually share most amenities such as kitchen, sitting rooms, toilet and bathroom. However some halls do offer En Suite accommodation where the toilet and bathroom are in each of the students rooms. In many cases students will need to move out and find accommodation elsewhere after their first year, as these halls are usually only guaranteed for first year students.
UNILINK will undertake to secure accommodation for all of their students in university halls of residence. There are however, no guarantees on the kind of halls that will be secured, as all universities use a first come first serve system. UNILINK will do their best to secure the student’s first choice accommodation. Late applicants usually have to take what is available.
Private student accommodation
Private student accommodation is also available. This is very similar to University halls of residence but usually based in the city where the university is situated. In some cases they may be as close as opposite the students’ university of study. These are mostly owned by private companies and the universities have no responsibility on anything that occurs.
Depending in which city the student will be studying in, UNILINK will on behalf of the student submit all the necessary applications. They will also explain all procedures to the student and parents as well as advise on the payment methods, thus making sure everything is secure before the student actually arrives in the UK. At these halls, students can usually renew their contract and stay in the same room for the whole time of their studies if they so wish to.
UNILINK works closely with a number of private student accommodation providers as above in a number of UK cities.
Privately rented accommodation
Students occasionally prefer not to use to above options, and prefer to rent private flats or houses which they share with other students. In these cases the students are usually compatriots and/or friends from before arriving in the UK.
There are also times where universities have received a significant larger amount of applications for accommodation than they originally expected and after a specific date cannot guarantee accommodation within their campuses.
UNILINK works with a number of creditable private letting agents in areas where universities have this problem. Through these contacts students are able to secure their living facilities and commence their studies without any problems.