Student accommodation is one of the most important non-academic factors considered by students and their parents when making choices around studying abroad. Studying medicine and veterinary in the heart of Europe is so popular also because student accommodation in Poland is of high standard and costs fraction of what is charged e.g. in UK or Ireland. The dorms in most Polish cities are located within the campus boundaries or a few minutes on foot from the university. This makes them the most natural choice for first-year students,
but many decide to stay in the student accommodation throughout the duration of the entire program. Sadhbh describes what the student accommodation is like in Wroclaw, where she studies veterinary.
ICEF refers a six-country study conducted among 4,000 university students by Sodexo UK – the University Lifestyle Survey which found that the top non-academic factor influencing students’ choice of university was the availability of good transit links (41%), followed by the cost of accommodation (30%).
A study by StudentMarketing conducted across 15 European cities shows that 51% of student accomodation facilites provided access control systems and identifiable security measures, a small percentage given that, as the StudentMarketing report authors note, “security and safety are now coming to the fore in Europe, with parents wanting their children to feel safe in the current precarious geopolitical era.”