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The cost of supporting a student in Greece and neighbouring countries

07 September 2014 / 21:09:13  GRReporter
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More than 70,000 students will begin to look for cheaper accommodation. Prices are better than last year – there has been a decrease of 15-20%.
Athens as the centre of student life offers apartments starting from €170 up to €320 per month. The location of educational institutions means that students focus on specific neighbourhoods. Thus, Pankrati, Zografou, Exarcheia, Petralona, Mets, Kypseli, Ambelokipi, Neos Kosmos and Kolonaki are preferred.
Those studying at the Institute of Technology are mainly interested in Egaleo and some seek cheaper solutions along the lines of public transport.
The cheapest areas are Exarcheia and Kypseli.
According to a real estate agency, many parents negotiate with owners to reduce the rental price by making several monthly payments in advance. There are many parents who can afford to buy studios, the price of which is under €10,000 in the centre.

In Thessaloníki the areas in which students are concentrated are Harialou, Mitropoleos and Evosmos. The monthly rental price is €180 to €340 for a two-room apartment. In Patras, the neighbourhoods Taramboura, Zaruhleika, Agioi, Zavlani and Anthoupoli are most in demand because they have a good transport network and students can reach the centre in 15 minutes. The rental price for a studio is €130 and €220 for a two-room apartment.
In northern Greece - Komotini, Xanthi, Ioannina, Kastoria, students should also envisage heating, which can often cost the same as the rental price during the winter.
Themistoklis - Andreas Bakas, CEO of E-Real Estates which carried out the study, told Ethnos newspaper that even in the simplest renting of a dwelling there are risks for the tenant, if one does not read "the small print".
He notes that the down payment required from intermediaries should preferably be given directly to the owner of the apartment and a document should be requested.
There should be provisions about heating and damage to the apartment in the contract between the owner and the tenant.

30,000 Greeks choose to study abroad
Based on current data, there are opportunities to study abroad suitable for every pocket, if we estimate that the cost of living in Romania, Bulgaria and Slovakia does not exceed, together with rental price, €400 per month.

Romania
In Romania, more than 1,000 Greeks study in Iasi today, mainly Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy, for which there are no entrance exams.
The cost of an academic year does not exceed €5,000 in fees, €1 being equal to RON 3-3.5.
Neighbouring Bulgaria and Serbia are selected mainly because there are no fees for Medicine. In Pleven, Bulgaria, the price is €8,000 per year. The price of the dorm is €50-70 per month, while renting an apartment costs €150-200.
Many parents are looking for countries that give student loans to be paid after the completion of their studies and when they start working.

Great Britain
Most Greeks study in the UK. 50.97% of Bachelor's degrees, 69.21% of Master's degrees and 51.01% of PhDs come from there. Italy is in the second place with 11.25 % of the BAs.
8.4% choose to study at universities in other EU countries, Norway and Switzerland, 7.6% - in the USA and Canada, 5.6% - in Eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania).
Recently, the Netherlands has been attracting more Greeks. In 2013, 3% of Greek students chose the country of tulips, which represents an increase of 36%, as compared to 2012.

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