Solomon's Short Residential Guide
Based on the Greek Ministry of Education, there are about 330,000 students at Greek public universities at any given time. The Thessaloniki account for nearly 1/3 of the total number of students in Greece with about 100,000 students (including those attending private schools and other higher education institutions).
For a city of 800,000 people (urban population 2011) this means a particularly high proportion of students, which is evident from a 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 colleges. Assessing that the average full-time student spending about four years in Thessaloniki (excluding student exchanges) means that there are about 25,000 new students annually in the city. Everyone needs a place to stay …
This article will provide a brief guide on the types of student apartments available, the areas, the prices, and the things you should be aware of regarding student accommodation in Thessaloniki.
first Types of accommodation capacities
1a. University Public Hall
The University of Thessaloniki offers student homes based on needs and mostly on financial criteria. They are free. In practice this means that it is pretty difficult to get a dorm, even if you have the right to get one. Dorms are mostly located near the university campus, but their quality is very low, and maintenance is a big problem, along with security issues, etc. . University Student Homes
These are private properties (entire buildings) that are shared by the University and are mainly provided for exchange students seeking 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. We offer fully furnished "dormitory" rooms with private bathroom and kitchenette (Kassandrou 134) single and double rooms, laundry and Wi-Fi internet access
1c. Private Hostels
For students who want to stay only a few days / weeks, these hostels are a more convenient and better solution than the hotel. However, it is difficult to find as private hostels who rent rooms / beds per day / week are not legal in Greece, unless they are non-profit organizations. Private flats for rent.
These are self-contained apartments (studio, 1 or 2 bedrooms) located throughout the city that students can rent from private owners. Usually, you can find them through real estate agents (beware) or network adverts. You will need to find the right one that will suit your needs. Most of them are unfamiliar or partially furnished and are more suitable for students who want to stay in Thessaloniki for several years (like you should buy electric appliances, refrigerator, stove, etc.)
When you are moving you will need to enter into a contract with an electric company DEI, the water and sewerage company EYATH and the gas company for heating (or oil if there is central heating oil). Be aware that you will have to pay monthly "utility" costs (ie maintenance of elevators, cleaning, communal lighting, repairs, etc.), so check out the rough monthly amount, as this may vary wildly. This obviously is not the best solution for a student coming to Thessaloniki for several months or a year, since the hassle is too much. Students renting students.
This is a new kind of student housing that is very popular with full time students as well as student exchanges. This trend began in the late 90s, with only a few companies offering this type of accommodation. The main concept is the building with rented studios, where each student has his own private, fully furnished room with a private bathroom and fully equipped kitchenette. This creates, in fact, a private high-quality home with one-room studios. The student atmosphere is maintained with a sense of privacy and security.
Some companies offer additional amenities such as a laundry area, a gym, a warehouse for spacious items, a bicycle parking lot, etc. It solves the main problems a student should have hired from a private owner's studio. In addition, some companies offer ALL IN rentals including heating, electricity, water, utilities, etc. Even fixed ADSL internet connections. In this way, students will not have to deal with Greek public bodies to get a contract for all. This is especially suitable for students who do not have the time and knowledge to do so.
Finally, some companies offer a range of additional security measures (fire alarms, access control cards, etc.). These buildings usually have a doorstep for everything that students need. Nevertheless, be careful with the company you choose, as just offer the above.
2. Student accommodation facilities
Since the university campus is located in the center of the city of Solun, there are also the most popular areas of student accommodation. However, since the center of the city is expensive, most students are looking for real estate near universities across the Egnatia Street and mostly around Agiou Dimitriou and Kassandrou streets. This is also the place where many student shops and cafes are located. Other popular areas with students are to the east of the city such as Depo, Toumpa, Harilaou etc. These are however far from the center on foot and they lack a different "sense of the student" of the area near the university. In addition, traffic may be very bad at certain times of day at the university.
Overall, and the center of town and the areas in the east are very safe all 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 favored by students. They are very populated, and traffic is also a problem, and many students (and especially their parents) do not choose these areas because they have the reputation of high crime rates. The accommodation rates range from 200 euros per month for independent studio in Evosmos to 650 euros per month for a two bedroom apartment in the center of town. The communal costs can range from € 15 for a studio without central heating to € 80 per month for an apartment with central heating. Of course, rental rates may vary depending on the state of the apartment / study.
On average, the student will pay about 350 euros for a rented studio near the university plus 30 euros per month for communal costs. Do not forget to add the monthly cost of electricity, water, heating, telephone / internet etc.
ALL IN rates for organized student studies offering all types of benefits and include electricity bills, water bills, heating, hot water, internet, laundry, gym, etc. can range from 390 to 460 euros per month for a well-equipped studio near the university. For an average student who wants to have the privacy of his own place but also lives in student life, this is the most effective option that saves him the hassle and stress of facing the public sector in Greece. One last advantage is that you can plan your budget in advance because you know how much your housing costs will be, so there will be no surprises at the end of the month … . Legal Matters
To rent a private property, you must know the following:
If you are an EU citizen, you will need to obtain a tax number (ΑΦΜ) from the local Tax Office. This is a simple procedure that takes 5 minutes and requires only a passport. If you are a non-EU citizen, you must first obtain a residence permit and get the tax code above. This is absolutely necessary to legally rent property in Greece
If you are staying at a hotel you must know that you can not stay longer than 3 months.
If you rent a property, you must sign up
Do not accept to stay in leases without signing a rent because this may be in trouble. You must know that it is illegal to remain leased unless it is a hotel.
You always insist that the landlord leaves a copy of the rent that the "tax" tax office decides. It is not unusual for landlords to rent real estate without a lease or without an official lease "certified" – it is illegal. Do not put yourself in a position where you might be in trouble. Always ask for a formal lease sign.