Studying Abroad? How a Roommate Can Be Useful

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Located in the Catalan region of Spain, Barcelona is one of the most historical cities in the world. Perhaps what makes the city so attractive to those not living in Spain are its long history and the presence of the world-beating Barcelona Football Club. While Barcelona has recently been in the news for its secessionist politics, this has hardly made the city less attractive to tourists and international students. If you decide to make this city your new home, keep in mind the following tips when finding a room for rent in Barcelona…or anywhere else during your time learning overseas.

Studying Abroad? How a Roommate Can Be Useful.
Sharing Saves Money

Accommodation in a big city like Barcelona can prove costly and one way to help you get around this is by getting a roommate. Throughout the world, students find great fiscal sense in sharing accommodation, because in many situations students operate on very limited budgets. When you share accommodation, you’ll not only split up the rent between all the roommates, but you’ll also save on utilities and house expenses...thereby helping you save your hard-earned money.
Studying Abroad? How a Roommate Can Be Useful.

Will Help You Settle Quickly

Whenever you move into a location for the first time, there are many challenges you might have to encounter. One of the biggest problems for most people is a feeling of loneliness. If, for instance, you are moving from another country or continent, chances are that you do not know anybody in your new home. Making new friends takes time. Consider, too, that you might not even be familiar with the local language or culture to understand how stressful the settling process might turn out to be.
Getting a roommate or two makes the settling process easier. Of course, you’ll need to conduct your search for a roommate carefully to make sure that you are sharing the room with a like-minded person. There is nothing more stressful than having to live with a person you clearly don’t like. When you get a roommate you can get along with, however, you no longer feel lonely, and homesickness is quickly taken care of. A roommate becomes a brother or sister you can count on in your times of trouble. Some roommates have gone on to become life-long friends, and keep in touch long after their college days.

Roommates Help With House Chores

College life can prove quite hectic, and it does not help matters if, in addition to your heavy college load, you also have to take on many house chores. Such chores are inevitable–you’ll need to clean your new home regularly and you might also have to prepare meals. Many students operate on tight budgets, and the only logical way to save on meals is by cooking at home. Preparing meals and doing the dishes can be a real strain on a student and it is much easier when the chores are shared. If you share the space with somebody from another culture, you’ll also benefit by learning about foods you’d probably never know about. 

Studying Abroad? How a Roommate Can Be Useful.

Have you had a roommate while studying abroad in Spain, or elsewhere? We'd love to hear about it in the comments!