A brief Thessaloniki student housing guide
Based on the Greek Ministry of Education, there are approximately 330,000 students at Greek public universities at any one time. Thessaloniki accounts for nearly 1/3 of the total number of students in Greece with an estimated 100,000 students (including those attending private colleges and other higher education establishments).
For a city of 800,000 people (city population 2011) this means a particularly high proportion of students, which is evident from the vivid atmosphere and nightlife. The majority of the students are coming from other Greek cities, from Europe via exchange programs and from the Balkan countries in order to study at high quality private colleges. Estimating that on average a full-time student spends about 4 years in Thessaloniki (excluding exchange students), this means that there are approximately 25,000 new students in the city every year. And they all need a place to stay …
This article will provide a brief guide to the types of available student housing, the areas, prices, and things to be aware of regarding student accommodation in Thessaloniki.
1. Types of student accommodation
1a. University publicorms.
The University of Thessaloniki offers lessons to students, based on need and mainly on financial criteria. They are provided free of charge. In practice this means that it is pretty difficult to get a dorm room even if you are eligible to get one. The norms are mostly located close to the university campus, but their quality is very low and maintenance is a big issue, along with issues about safety etc.
1b. University Student Hostels.
These are private properties (entire buildings) which are subleased by the University and are provided mainly to exchange students requiring accommodation for a few weeks or months. These are usually ERASMUS students. As of 2011 there are two student hostels, "Matsi Street 7" and "Kassandrou Street 134", both very close to the university. They offer complimentary wireless Internet access and a hair dryer. All rooms at the ensuite feature a private bathroom and a kitchenette (Kassandrou 134).
1c. Private hostels.
For students wishing to stay only a few days / weeks, these hostels are more appropriate and a better solution than a hotel. However, these are hard to find as private hostels that rent rooms / beds by the day / week are not legal in Greece unless they are Non-Profit Organizations.
1d. Private rental flats.
These are standardone flats (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 (beware) or online ads. You will need to find the appropriate one to suit your needs. Most of them are unfurnished or partially furnished and are more suited to students who plan to stay in Thessaloniki for a few years (as you've got to buy electrical appliances, fridge, cooker, etc).
When you move in you will need to enter into a contract with the electricity company DEI, the water and sewage company EYATH …