Setting up a flat share during medical studies abroad

MUDr. Amandeep Grewal

MUDr. Amandeep Grewal

Doctor & Co-Founder of futuredoctor

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Last updated: 21 March 2024
WG Foundation Medical studies abroad

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Finding a flat & starting a flat share in a foreign country

You have successfully passed the medical entrance exam and received your acceptance letter from the medical university. You can finally get started! But before you can really get started with your studies, there is one more hurdle to overcome, and it's better to take good care of it right from the start. It's about finding a place to live, and that in a foreign country. A flat during your studies serves not only as a place to sleep, but also for studying, relaxing, social activities and much more. That's why it's even more important to be informed and well-considered right from the start. It is a decision that can influence the rest of your studies in many ways.

Unfortunately, when looking for a flat in a foreign country, there is a risk of being ripped off, especially when the search is supposed to go faster. Therefore, such a process on your own is usually very stressful and time-consuming. For this reason, I have relied on the help of futuredoctor, as they already have a good network of local estate agents. But in order for them to help you find a flat abroad, you should first be aware of what exactly you are looking for.

First of all, you have to decide whether you would prefer to live alone or in a shared flat. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.

Personally, it was clear to me from the beginning that I would not live alone during my medical studies. Every now and then after a long day at university, it's nice to have someone around without having to leave the house.

A few days after I found out that I was going to study medicine at Comenius University in Bratislava, the search began. The question of who I would like to move in with was already settled, as I was able to make the first contacts during the futuredoctor preparation week. Therefore, I already had a certain idea of who I would live with.

We thought about what requirements the flat should fulfil. In our case, we wanted a 4-room flat because there were three of us and we also wanted a living room. The location also had to be right, of course, because as a medical student abroad you want to have as much of student life as possible.

After we had told our 'supervisors' from futuredoctor, we received 3 flat proposals within 24 hours, from which we immediately decided on one. As you can see, everything was really easy.

The best thing about Bratislava is that you get super fair value for money. In Stuttgart, the city I come from, you could only dream of such a flat. In the meantime, after a move, I live with my flatmate in a new flat with just under 100m2, a balcony, and in the middle of the city. What more could you want?

I also noticed the difficulties that fellow students and friends had in their search. It was really great that we had such an easy time with futuredoctor.