A short Thessaloniki pupil housing information
Primarily based on the Greek Ministry of Training, there are roughly 330.000 college students at Greek public universities at anybody time. Thessaloniki accounts for almost 1/3 of the whole variety of college students in Greece with an estimated 100.000 college students (together with these attending personal faculties and different increased training institutions).
For a metropolis of 800.000 folks (metropolis inhabitants 2011) this implies a very excessive proportion of scholars, which is obvious from the full of life ambiance and nightlife. The vast majority of the scholars are coming from different Greek cities, from Europe by way of trade packages and from the Balkan nations as a way to examine at prime quality personal faculties. Estimating that on common a full-time pupil spends about 4 years in Thessaloniki (excluding trade college students), which means there are roughly 25.000 new college students within the metropolis yearly. And so they all want a spot to remain…
This text will present a quick information to the kinds of out there pupil housing, the areas, costs, and issues to pay attention to concerning pupil lodging in Thessaloniki.
1. Forms of pupil lodging
1a. College public dorms.
The College of Thessaloniki presents dorms to college students, primarily based on want and primarily on monetary standards. They’re supplied freed from cost. In apply which means it’s fairly tough to get a dorm room even if you’re eligible to get one. The dorms are principally situated near the college campus, however their high quality could be very low and upkeep is a giant concern, together with points about security and so on.
1b. College Scholar Hostels.
These are personal properties (whole buildings) that are subleased by the College and are supplied primarily to trade college students requiring lodging for a number of weeks or months. These are normally ERASMUS college students. As of 2011 there are two pupil hostels, “Matsi Avenue 7” and “Kassandrou Avenue 134”, each very near the college. They provide totally furnished “dorm-style” rooms with ensuite personal rest room and kitchenette (Kassandrou 134) single and double rooms, a laundry space and wi-fi web entry.
1c. Personal hostels.
For college kids wishing to remain just a few days/weeks, these hostels are extra acceptable and a greater resolution than a lodge. Nevertheless, these are arduous to seek out as personal hostels that lease rooms/beds by the day/week should not authorized in Greece except they’re Non-Revenue Organizations.
1d. Personal rental flats.
These are standalone flats (studio, 1 or 2 bedrooms) situated everywhere in the metropolis that college students can lease from personal homeowners. You possibly can normally discover them by means of actual property brokers (beware) or on-line advertisements. You will want to seek out the suitable one to fit your wants. Most of them are unfurnished or partly furnished and are extra suited to college students who plan to remain in Thessaloniki for a number of years (as you’d have to purchase electrical home equipment, fridge, cooker, and so on).
Once you transfer in you have to to enter right into a contract with the electrical energy firm DEI, the water and sewage firm EYATH and the fuel firm for heating (or oil if there may be petroleum central heating). Bear in mind that other than the lease you have to to pay for the month-to-month “communal” bills (i.e. elevator upkeep, cleansing, communal lighting, repairs, and so on.), so test for the tough month-to-month quantity beforehand as this may fluctuate wildly. That is clearly not one of the best resolution for a pupil coming to Thessaloniki for a number of months or a 12 months as the effort is an excessive amount of.
1e. Rental pupil studios.
This can be a new breed of pupil housing that could be very common with each full time college students in addition to trade college students. This pattern started within the late 90s with just some corporations providing this sort of lodging. The principle idea is that of a constructing with rental studios, the place every pupil has his personal personal totally furnished room with en-suite rest room and totally outfitted kitchenette. This creates in impact a non-public prime quality dormitory with single mattress studios. The coed ambiance is maintained together with the sensation of privateness and security.
Some corporations provide extra facilities reminiscent of a laundry space, gymnasium, storage for cumbersome objects, bicycle parking, and so on. This solves the principle issues a pupil would have if he rented a studio from a non-public proprietor. Along with this, some corporations provide an ALL IN lease which incorporates the price of heating, electrical energy, water, communal bills, and so on. even a hard and fast line ADSL web connection. This manner college students received’t must cope with the Greek public authorities as a way to get a contract for every thing. That is particularly appropriate for trade college students who don’t have the time or data to cope with this.
Lastly, some corporations additionally provide various extra security measures (hearth alarms, entry management playing cards, and so on). There’s normally a porter at these buildings for something that the scholars might have. Nevertheless, watch out which firm you select as few provide the entire above.
2. Scholar lodging areas
For the reason that college campus is within the metropolis heart of Thessaloniki, the most well-liked pupil lodging areas are additionally there. Nevertheless, because the metropolis heart is pricey, most college students search for properties to lease close to the college above Egnatia road and principally across the streets of Agiou Dimitriou and Kassandrou. That is additionally the place many pupil retailers and cafes are situated.
Different areas common with college students are in the direction of the east aspect of the town reminiscent of Depo, Toumpa, Harilaou, and so on. These nevertheless are removed from the middle on foot and lack the distinct “pupil really feel” of the areas close to the college. As well as, site visitors may be very unhealthy at sure occasions of the day in the direction of the college.
Total, each the town heart and the areas to the east are very secure all day lengthy.
Lastly, there are the areas to the west of the town heart reminiscent of Stavroupoli, Evosmos, and so on. the place lease costs are decrease however these areas should not favored by college students. They’re very densely populated and site visitors can also be an issue, plus many college students (and particularly their mother and father) don’t select these areas as they’ve a status for increased crime charges.
3. Lodging costs
Hire costs vary from 200 euros per thirty days for a standalone studio in Evosmos to 650 euros per thirty days for a 2 bed room condominium within the metropolis heart. The communal bills may also vary from 15 euros for a studio with out central heating to 80 euros per thirty days for an condominium with central heating. After all lease costs can fluctuate relying on the situation of the flat/studio.
On common a pupil can pay about 350euros for an unfurnished studio close to the college plus 30euros/month for communal bills. Don’t neglect so as to add the month-to-month price of electrical energy, water, heating, phone/web, and so on to this.
ALL IN costs for the organized pupil studios which provide all types of facilities and embrace electrical energy payments, water payments, heating, sizzling water, web, laundry, gymnasium, and so on. can vary from 390 to 460 euros per thirty days for a furnished studio close to the college. For the typical pupil who needs to have the privateness of his personal place, but additionally dwell the coed life, that is probably the most economical choice which additionally saves him the effort and stress of coping with the Greek public sector. One final benefit is you can plan your finances forward, as you understand how a lot your dwelling prices will probably be, so there will probably be no surprises on the finish of the month…
4. Authorized points
To be able to lease a non-public property you must know the next:
If you’re a EU citizen, you have to to get a Tax Registration Quantity (ΑΦΜ) from the native tax workplace. That is a simple process that takes 5 minutes and that solely requires your passport. If you’re a non-EU citizen you first have to get a residence allow after which get the above Tax Registration Quantity. That is completely crucial as a way to legally lease a property in Greece.
When you keep at a lodge you must know that you simply can’t keep for greater than 3 months.
When you lease a property, you need to signal a lease.
Don’t settle for to remain at rental rooms with out signing a lease as this might get you in bother. It’s worthwhile to know that it’s unlawful to remain wherever with no lease, except it’s a lodge.
At all times insist that the owner arms you again a duplicate of the lease “stamped” by the tax workplace. It isn’t unusual for landlords to lease properties with no lease or with out an official “stamped” lease – that is unlawful. Don’t put your self able the place you possibly can get in bother. At all times demand to signal a proper lease.