The high quality of life in Southampton makes it very attractive for international students who want to immerse themselves in the culture of the United Kingdom. Another positive factor is that the cost of living is relatively cheap compared to other English cities and that the weather throughout the year does not usually have extreme temperatures.
Living in shared flats is the most chosen option by international young people, and in Southampton, you will be able to choose between spare rooms that are part of private flats, residences, or even private homes! Of course, look at how many rooms there are in the apartment and how many roommates you are going to live with since there can be up to five rooms.
These are some of the pros and cons of living in a shared apartment in this English city:
It is one of the cheapest types of accommodation, so you'll be able to choose locations that are convenient for students, such as Portswood and Saint Mary's.
The English can be a bit distant from internationals at first, but living in a shared apartment you will be accompanied by other students who are in the same situation as you, so you will surely not feel alone.
In general, the rental cost that appears in some published housing options does not include utility bills (water, electricity, internet, etc.), which means that the monthly cost can be a little higher. Ask the landlord what the average of that extra amount is.
Some apartments are located in remote areas of the city and, although it may not seem like it, several areas of the city have slopes. Keep this in mind, especially if your preferred means of transport is cycling or walking.
There are different Apps that you will be able to use as an international student in Southampton, which will make the process simpler. In these Apps, you will find information of all kinds that will help you with procedures and paperwork, as well as class schedules, notifications and data about the city. You will also find advice from other students, such as renting or buying a second-hand bicycle to move around the city with it.
Apart from sharing different activities with your flatmates, the following are some of the ways you have to meet other young people in the English city:
There is a variety of Students Societies’ that you will be able to join at each of the universities in Southampton. Generally, during the welcome week of each semester, there is a day when all associations allow you to meet and join them. You can find everything from soccer, basketball, volunteering, video games, psychology, tourism, different religions, nationalities, among others.
There are different Facebook groups that you will be able to join together with other international students. Some of them are according to the university where you are going to study and others according to the academic year in which you are going to Southampton.
The purpose of the WhatsApp groups created by companies and Facebook groups is to enable young people to communicate with each other more directly, introducing themselves and sharing their likes and interests.
Here are some tips on living in shared flats in the English city:
The spare rooms can be part of private apartments, houses or residences. In general, the cost of the residences tends to be higher because they have facilities such as laundry, leisure rooms, gym and/or cinema room.
Most of the buildings in Southampton are relatively new, as the city was destroyed during the Second World War.
Many students want to choose the centre of Southampton to live because of its proximity to the most popular entertainment venues. However, this makes the area noisy from the bars and clubs as well as the traffic. Keep that in mind in case it's an aspect you want to avoid.
|How much does a shared flat cost in Southampton?|
|The cost of rooms in shared flats in Southampton ranges from £260 and up, although the average cost is usually between £450-500 per month.|
|Where to look for shared flats in Southampton?|
|We put at your disposal the Erasmus Play housing search platform, in which you will see all the available verified accommodations, coming from multiple online platforms and websites. You will be able to choose the one that has all the important characteristics for you and make the reservation safely online.|
|How to meet people in Southampton?|
|If you share a flat you have it easy, since you can befriend your colleagues. However, we also suggest that you join the various Students' societies, Facebook and Whatsapp groups to be able to connect with other young people.|
|What to ask before entering a flatshare in Southampton?|
|Ask if the utility bills are included in the price because sometimes they are not or in some cases only a few. You should also ask what the facilities are in the building and that will be at your disposal since they can be a gym, leisure room and/or laundry.|
|What are the best apps to find flatmates in Southampton?|
|One of the best apps/websites that you can use is that of the Erasmus Play community, in which you will be able to search for shared accommodation with other flatmates.|