Short Guide to Housing in Thessaloniki Student
There are currently around 330,000 students in Greek public universities based on the Greek Ministry of Education. Thessaloniki accounts for almost 1/3 of the total number of students in Greece with an estimated 100,000 students (including those attending private universities and other higher education institutions).
For the city 800 000 people (urban population 2011), this means a particularly high proportion of students, which is evident from the lively atmosphere and nightlife. Most students come from other Greek cities, from Europe through exchange programs and from Balkan countries to study at high quality private universities. It is estimated that, on average, a student in full-time form is studying in Thessaloniki for about 4 years (no exchange students), meaning that there are approximately 25,000 new students each year in the city. And all need a place to stay …
This article provides a brief overview of the types of student studios available, areas, prices and things we are aware of regarding student accommodation in Thessaloniki. 1. Types of student accommodation
The University of Thessaloniki offers college students according to their needs and mainly according to financial criteria. They are provided free of charge. In practice, it means that it is quite difficult to get into the bedroom even if you are entitled to one. Sleeping is usually near the university campus, but its quality is very low and maintenance is a big issue, along with security issues, etc.
1b. University Student Hostels
These are private buildings (entire buildings) that are a suburban university and are mainly provided for the exchange of students requiring accommodation for several weeks or months. These are usually ERASMUS students. Since 2011 there are two student hostels, "Matsi Street 7" and "Kassandrou Street 134", both very close to the university. It offers fully-furnished dorm rooms with en-suite bathroom and kitchenette (single and double rooms of the Kassandrou 134), laundry and wireless internet access. 1c.
For students who want to stay only a few days / weeks, these hostels are more suitable and better than the hotel. However, it is difficult to find as private hostels that rent rooms / beds on a day / week are not legal in Greece unless they are nonprofit organizations.
These are separate apartments (studio, 1 or 2 bedrooms) located all over the city that students can rent from private owners. You can usually find them through real estate agents (watch out) or online ads. You will need to find a suitable one that suits your needs. Most of them are unfurnished or partially furnished, and are more suitable for students who want to stay in Thessaloniki for several years (as if you had to buy electrical appliances, a refrigerator, a stove, etc.).
When you move around, you will have to sign a contract with DEI, the EYATH water supply and sewerage company, and a gas heating company (or oil if oil-fired district heating). Be aware that in addition to rent you will have to pay for monthly "common" expenses (eg Lift maintenance, cleaning, communal lighting, repairs, etc.). Therefore, check the monthly gross amounts in advance, because it may be wildly different. This, of course, is not the best solution for students arriving in Thessaloniki for several months or a year because there is too much trouble.
1e. Rental of student studies.
This is a new breed of student housing, which is very popular with both full-time students and student exchanges. This trend began in the late 1990s with several companies offering this type of accommodation. The main concept is a studio rental studio where each student has his own private fully furnished room with a private bathroom and a fully equipped kitchenette. This creates a private high-quality dormitory with single-bed studios. The student atmosphere is maintained along with the feelings of privacy and security.
Some companies offer additional amenities such as a laundry, gym, storage for bulky objects, bicycle parking etc. It addresses the main problems, rented a studio from a private owner. In addition, some companies offer ALL INN rentals, which include heating, electricity, water, common expenses, etc., including fixed ADSL Internet access. In this way, students will not have to deal with the Greek public authorities to get a contract for everything. This is particularly suitable for exchanging students who do not have the time or knowledge to cope with it.
Finally, some companies offer a number of other security measures (fire alarms, access cards, etc.). In these buildings, he is usually a porter for anything that students may need. However, be careful which company you choose, because it offers little of all the above.
As the university campus is located in the center of Thessaloniki, there are also the most popular student accommodation facilities. Since the center of the city is expensive, most students are looking for real estate to rent at the University over Egnatia Street and mostly on the streets of Agia Dimitriou and Kassandra.
Other areas of popularity are directed toward the east side of the city, such as Depo, Toumpa, Harilaou, etc. They are far from the center on foot and lack a striking "student feel" from areas near the university. In addition, transport may be very poor at certain days at the University
Overall, both the center and the area in the east are very safe throughout the day.
Finally, there are areas west of the city center, such as Stavroupoli, Evosmos, etc., where rental rates are lower but these areas are not preferred by students. They are very densely populated, and trafficking is also a problem, and many students (and especially their parents) do not pick these areas because they have a reputation for higher crime rates. 3. Accommodation prices
Rental rates range from € 200 per month for a separate studio in Evosmos at 650 euros per month for a 2 bedroom apartment in the city center. Shared spending may also range from € 15 for a studio without central heating up to € 80 per month for a flat with central heating. Of course, rental rates may fluctuate depending on the condition of the apartment / studio.
On average, the student pays 350 euros for an unfurnished studio at the university plus 30 euros per month for common expenses. Do not forget to add monthly costs for electricity, water, heating, telephone / Internet, etc.
ALL prices for organized student studios offering all the facilities and including electricity bills, water bills, heating, hot water, internet, laundry, gym etc may range from 390 to 460 euros per month for a furnished studio near the university. For an average student who wants to have the privacy of his / her own place but also to live in his / her study life, it is the most economical option that will also save his / her difficulties and stress in addressing the Greek public sector. The last advantage is that you can plan your budget forward, because you know how much your cost will cost, so no surprises at the end of the month …
4. Legal Questions
To rent a private property, you must know:
If you are a citizen of the EU, a tax office. This is a simple procedure that takes 5 minutes and requires only your passport. If you are not an EU citizen, you must first obtain a residence permit and then obtain the above tax registration number. This is absolutely necessary for legal property rental in Greece
If you live in a hotel, you must know that you can not stay for more than 3 months.
If you rent a property, you have to sign
We do not accept rentals in rented rooms without signing a lease, as this may cause you problems. You must know that it is illegal to stay anywhere without a lease, if it is not a hotel.
Always insists that the landlord will give you a copy of the lease agreement "stuffed" by the tax office. It is not unusual for landlords to rent real estate without rent or without official "stamping" rent – it is illegal. Do not put yourself in a situation where you might get into trouble. Always require a formal lease.