In Malaga, most of the accommodation available corresponds to rooms in shared flats. It is also the type of accommodation preferred by young people in general, as it saves on rent and utility costs.
Another advantage of sharing an apartment in Malaga is that you will be able to live the experience up close with your flatmates, who will surely become some of your best Erasmus friends. Of course, remember that when looking for a room, you should do interviews to find out who your roommates are going to be because it would be best if their lifestyles are compatible or similar to yours.
Sharing a flat with other students has its advantages and disadvantages:
The cost of renting is cheaper, so you will be able to find accommodation in a location most convenient for you, whether in the historic centre, near the beach or the universities.
If Spanish is not your native language, you can choose a flat where your roommates are Spaniards and thus learn the language. Otherwise, you can also share the apartment with other international students and learn from their culture.
Coexistence can be difficult if communication is not good, especially if you have different lifestyles.
You will have to adapt to the schedules and customs of your roommates, respecting their rest and noise among other things.
Some apartments in Malaga are small for the number of students who live there, so the common spaces are small too.
The Erasmus+ application was created by the European Commission to be used as a guide throughout the mobility process. In this app, you will find different interesting aspects, including information about the programs, tips on living away from home and instructions on procedures that you will have to do. We recommend using similar Apps so that your experience in Malaga is the best possible.
The best thing you can do to quickly meet new people in your host city is to share a flat as you will have company from your arrival, it is easy to make plans with your roommates. We also recommend that you consider the following options for meeting people in Malaga:
The best-known student association for Erasmus is ESN Malaga. In it, volunteers encourage interaction between students and provide academic and social integration help to those who arrive in Malaga. Through the ESN you will also be able to enjoy different plans, events and cheap trips.
Most of the Facebook groups that you will find about Erasmus in Malaga are in accordance with the academic year for which you are going to be there. In these groups, you will not only be able to meet people with similar interests as you but you can also find out about events in the city and get your concerns quickly answered.
Just as Facebook groups, there are WhatsApp groups created to provide you with fast updates. Likewise, you will be able to introduce yourself and be in contact with students who want to organize different plans during their leisure time.
Here are some tips to keep in mind if you are going to share a flat with other young people:
In Malaga, the student atmosphere is very lively, with parties and events almost every day. If you like to party, we recommend that you look for roommates who frequently go out too. If you prefer a quieter environment, you should find a flat where your colleagues share your lifestyle and where they do not disturb each other.
If you fancy going to the beach, try to be clean and not fill the apartment with sand!
Summer in Malaga is very hot. If there is air conditioning in the apartment, try to establish how and when to use it with your roommates. That way you can all avoid a very high electricity bill and the problems that can arise from it.
|How much does a shared flat cost in Malaga?|
|If you want to rent an entire apartment to share, estimate that the average price will be over €2,000, but it depends on the number of people who live there. If you are looking for rooms in already inhabited flats, the average cost is around €350-400 per month.|
|How to find roommates in Malaga?|
|You can do it through online communities like Erasmus Play, and also through student associations, Facebook and WhatsApp groups.|
|Where to look for shared flats in Malaga?|
|We recommend that you do so in Erasmus Play, where you have two options to share a flat: look for rooms in already settled apartments or look for flats with several rooms and choose who you want to live with you.|
|Share a flat or live alone in Malaga?|
|If you are going to Malaga on an exchange programme, sharing a flat is the ideal option if you want to be in contact with other young people when you arrive. It will also allow you to choose neighbourhoods that are convenient for you because the rent is cheaper, for example, if you want to live near the beach.|
|How to choose ideal roommates in Malaga?|
|You have to define what lifestyle you want to live, if you plan to party and make plans very often or if you prefer something more relaxed. Try to find housemates who have similar habits, this way you will find fewer problems in coexistence.|