Is international student accommodation in crisis?

Is international student accommodation in crisis?

Online event for EUF universities

Date: April 26th, 2023, 10:30 – 12:30 CEST

Registration is open to staff members from EUF network universities.


Student accommodation is a major obstacle to international student mobility, which has become an increasingly pressing issue due to rising living costs in an inflationary context. How are Higher Education Institutions coping with this situation? Can students be assured of their ability to find affordable and quality student accommodation abroad? What are the different realities across Europe in terms of providing students with access to accommodation and information about it?

This Knowledge Exchange Community session will focus on sharing best practices regarding student accommodation support. Topics will include:

  • Communication strategies for informing students about housing opportunities
  • Ensuring timely support for every student
  • Collaborative efforts among HEIs in the same region
  • Balancing quality and affordability
  • Addressing intercultural issues in shared student accommodation
  • Supporting international students in their search for accommodation abroad

Join us to learn how HEIs are addressing the challenges of student accommodation and to share your own experiences and insights.


The session will be chaired by Tibor Ágotai, Head of Dormitory, International Coordinator Eötvös Loránd University.

Practices during this session will be shared by colleagues from: 

  • Eötvös Loránd University, Tibor Ágotai, Head of Dormitory, International Coordinator
  • University of Lodz, Weronika Cmielewska, Specialist at International Relations Office
Welcome and introduction
Session keynote presentations focusing on:
- How can HEIs overcome the challenges related to student accommodation?
- Short term challenges vs long-term solutions: are there solutions that can be applied on the short- or mid-term to address the housing crisis?
Focus areas of the group discussions:
- Collaboration with public/ private housing providers: challenges and opportunities
- How can students be best informed about affordable and safe accommodation options ahead of their mobility?
- Preventing students from being trapped by scams or bad quality/expensive accommodation?
Discussion outcomes and closing