Congratulations! You have been accepted to your desired faculty in Slovenia! Now is the time to really get ready. One of the most important steps of this process is finding your new home. Exciting, isn’t it? But it can also be stressful. So in this text we will try to help you decide which type of accommodation is best for you and how to find it.
In Slovenia, you have several options available: you can rent private accommodation (a room or an apartment), but you can also look for a dormitory.
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Is private accommodation right for me?
The advantage of private accommodation is greater comfort and privacy, which are not the strong points of living in a dorm. If you are withdrawn as a person, it is important for you to have peace and more time for yourself. If you do not long for frequent socializing, you would probably prefer living in private accommodation.
Although you may share the private apartment with other roommates, it is easier to maintain tidiness and hygiene when there are fewer people in one space. If you can’t stand clutter and it’s important for you that the house is always impeccably clean, it is easier to achieve that in a rented apartment than in a dormitory.
Can I afford it?
The average price of renting a student room in private accommodation in Ljubljana is around €280 per month, and the price includes all costs. Apartment prices vary by location and size, and for renting an entire apartment it is best to try to find roommates because the prices are not low. The capital, Ljubljana, and the coastal towns of Koper and Izola have the highest prices, whereas in other cities prices are more affordable.
A great advantage of Slovenia is that the distances between cities are not great. You can live in a small town and travel to Ljubljana within 30-40 minutes by bus.
Is dorm accommodation right for me?
Living in a dormitory is a very special experience. The dormitory is a place where many memories and friendships (or perhaps even more than that) are made, and unforgettable moments are experienced. It also allows you to get to know other students much faster and gain a wider network of acquaintances. If you are a social person who likes to be surrounded by people, if you are spontaneous and do not mind sacrificing part of your privacy for the sake of social relations, then a dorm is the right choice for you. It is common for things to be shared among students in a dorm, though sometimes it can happen without asking and approval!
In addition to the lower level of privacy, living in a dormitory implies some other specifics. There are rules that tenants must follow, such as maintaining hygiene, taking out the garbage, etc.
What is the cost?
Living in a dorm is certainly more affordable than renting private accommodation (and you always have extra money for a slice of pizza).
There are both public, i.e. state-owned, and private dorms in Slovenia. As a foreign student in Ljubljana, the chances of being accommodated in a state dormitory are very small. Therefore, if you plan to study in the capital, you can choose between a private dorm and an apartment. On the other hand, in Maribor, Nova Gorica or Kranj, there are state dormitories where foreign students can find accommodation without major difficulties.
Private dorms are located in the larger cities (Ljubljana, Koper, Maribor). Approximate prices of monthly rent (including utilities) are around €110-200 in a double room, or €200-250 in a single room. A deposit of one or two monthly rents has to be paid almost everywhere.
It is important to note that before moving in, you should check exactly what is included in the price. This applies to both private dorms and apartments. There may be additional charges for using some services (e.g. laundry or internet).