Studying languages is one of the most efficient forms of personal and professional growth. It is an investment in quality and capacity that significantly enhances the skills of those who decide to make an effort to learn to speak another language. Thus, Erasmus student programmes offer the possibility of getting closer to a foreign culture, learning its language, its customs, its ways of life, as well as integrating into its society at the same time as completing one's university studies. As English is the most useful language due to the large number of speakers around the world, London is one of the most popular destinations for Erasmus students.
To start managing this aspect, it is necessary to know what type of accommodation is available in the destination. Taking London as an example, it is important to know that there are very useful means of information such as some websites with resources for students of English and interested in learning the language. Thus, it is possible to access language manuals and online courses but you can also find useful information about short and long stay accommodation , rentals, problem areas to avoid as well as telephone payment systems or international parcel deliveries. All these elements and many others are very useful to live the day to day in a foreign city and they are fundamental to organize the trip and to assure a strategic plan of stay.
In London you can find basically three different types of housing for students: the specific residences, the shared apartments or family houses. In each of these cases there are different advantages and disadvantages that are interesting to know before making a final decision. The student residences have an excellent organization and complete equipment in their facilities. They offer independence and a remarkable possibility to socialize, as well as the comfort of a cleaning service and meals.
The main advantage of staying with a host family is that you are completely immersed in the culture of the country and can practice the language constantly. The main disadvantage can be the limitation of independence, the shared flat is the most economical option and offers absolute freedom from schedules and visits, the main disadvantage is the absence of cleaning service and meals and the disagreements with the other students with whom the accommodation is shared.