The most typical lodging options for an international student in Ukraine are a university dormitory, a rental apartment, or a host family. It is important to find the best option within your budget. Consider all ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ before committing yourself to an option. The choice of the place where you will stay in a sense defines your academic success.
This is the most affordable option. International and out-of-town students are provided with dormitory places. Normally they are located on the campus or not far from the university. In most cases from 2 to 4 students share a room. In a typical dormitory room, you will find writing desks, chairs, closets, bookshelves, beds, and nightstands. University dormitories are normally equipped with shared kitchens, gyms, recreation rooms, canteens, and laundromats. There are also locker rooms and bicycle sheds available. A security service operates on the premises.
Accommodation in Ukraine
The accommodation fee is set by the university. It may vary from 50 to 80 USD per month, depending on the university and the city, and makes it a much cheaper option compared to a rental apartment. Payments can be made on a monthly basis or per term. Sometimes you can even pay in advance for the whole academic year. In this case, some universities may offer you a discount. Students who live in a dormitory must follow certain rules. The obvious ones are not to damage the furniture, keep one’s room tidy, not make too much noise (loud music, TV, etc.), notify the hall of residence supervisor of one’s long absence. There is a zero-tolerance policy on drinking and smoking in Ukrainian halls of residence.
If your university does not have a dormitory or for some reason you don’t consider it as an option, then it is advisable to look for a rental apartment or room. Naturally, it will be more expensive, but you will be able to find a location and level of comfort that suits you. If you plan to rent an apartment with your fellow students or stay with a host family, you will be able to choose your neighbors.
Kyiv and Kharkiv are well known for having the most expensive apartments. the lower the rent is. For example, as of 2020 Kyiv, depending on the location and facilities available, a 1 room apartment will cost you around 300-400$ a month, and a 2 room around 400-500 $ a month. Some universities help their students find lodgings, which includes finding host families. So, first, ask the representatives of your university whether they provide such services. This ensures a fast and secure search of lodging options. While looking for a suitable flat, you can stay at a dormitory. If your university does not provide such services, ask somebody for advice on realtors or try looking for an apartment on lun.ua, dom.ria.com, bird APP, etc. Keep in mind that apart from the rent you will have to pay a deposit and the realtor’s commission.