Accommodation and Living Cost in South Africa
It’s no big surprise that South Africa’s most popular study abroad destinations, Pretoria, Johannesburg, and Cape Town, are also the most expensive in the country.
Luckily, compared to many of the other possible study abroad destinations, living costs still remain relatively affordable for students in South Africa. As an added benefit, students have options when it comes to finding affordable accommodation.
If you’re one of the many international students who worry about how they will find accommodation, fear no more!
Most universities in South Africa offer some form of housing for students. It may be shared dorms, corridor apartments, or private rooms, and can usually be offered throughout a student’s studies. Some student accommodations also come with the added benefit of including meal plans in the cost and easy access to student dining facilities.
Student housing may also be a good idea if you are an international student who wants to participate in social activities with other students. You can also save money if you do not want to spend a lot on furnishing an apartment, as the furniture is often included with the room.
Make sure to apply on time to make sure you are guaranteed a room!
According to some of the major universities in South Africa, many students opt to find private accommodation after their first year.
This is often achieved through property portals or estate agents that help not only students but South Africans in general find housing. Like anywhere in the world, there are people who will try to take advantage of students through false advertising, making a portal or agent the perfect tool for a first-time apartment seeker in South Africa.
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