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Student accommodation in Sofia.

Housing and accommodation for international students in Sofia

Most of Bulgarian universities offer student hostel accommodation (student hostel) on a first come, first served basis! Students are eligible to apply for hostel accommodation once they are admitted at the University and enrolled at the relevant Faculty. The monthly student hostel accommodation rent varies from university to another and the accommodation’s comfort from 35 to 70 Euros per months.
Accommodation is very affordable - University dormitories cost around 45 EUR (90 BGN) monthly. However, if you prefer to live in private accommodation, it can cost between 150 EUR - 300 EUR (300-600 BGN) monthly. Public transportation services, food and leisure services are also very cheap. Costs may vary from place to place, because larger cities are usually more expensive. It is estimated that in Bulgaria only around one third of the money normally spent in any Western European country for the same goods or services is needed.

Even if the student hostel accommodations are very cheap, most international students prefer to rent or share a private flat near the University’s main building. The monthly private apartment rent start from 150 EUR and run up to 300 EUR.

We recommend new students who choose private accommodation to share a apartment with their colleagues at least during the first semester. This allows them to reduce drastically the accommodation expenses and to avoid them to remain isolated in new country till they get used to the new way of life. Students should use their first year to become familiar with the city they are living in as this will help them with eventually future accommodation choices.

Signing a contract with the landlord/landlady is mandatory for all international students in Bulgaria, since it is one of necessary documents for the issuance of a long staying visa permit (for non EU/EEA students) and a proof of residence for the issuance of the Residence Permit at the local Migration Office (for EU/EEA students). For those staying in student hostel accommodation, this document is automatically given by the university.
When you choose an apartment you have to sign an agreement with the owner/agency. Usually you have to pay rent for 1 or 2 month/s/, 1 or 2 deposit/s/ (usually equals to the 1 or 2 month(s) rent) and commission for the real-estate agent (usually 50-100% from the fee for 1 month rent).
Keep in mind that in order to save an apartment, you should pay the monthly rents even if you do not use the apartment. You have to discuss all the fees of the real-estate agent (including deposits) prior to starting the procedure.
Student accommodation in Bulgaria is not at all expensive for international students. We recommend all students to get accommodation in the area of university.

Finding an accommodation place is an important part of arranging your stay. Below, you will find the answers of the most frequently asked questions. Of course, the team of Inter HECS is always at your convenience should you need any help or should you have any questions or concerns!
The first option is that you let us know by email what your needs and expectations in terms of accommodation are. This way, we will find the most suitable place for you.
On the other side, you can get in touch with our network of real estate agents. The agents will show you a number of accommodation places for you to choose from. In this case, please let us know that you keep in touch with the respective real estate agent so that we have an overview of the stage of your stay in Bulgaria and thus, help you in the next matter of your concern.
Of course, you can contact other agents as well, but we cannot guarantee their deposits and quality of services.

Student dormitory - In the dormitory two people live together and upon your choice you can decide to live with a friend, another international student of Inter HECS or with a random student from the university. Usually there is one common bedroom with two beds, two desks and one bathroom.
Positive sides: the student dormitories are much cheaper than renting an individual apartment. Price: around 70-100 Euro/ month (including amenities)
Negative sides: the student dormitories of are not located close to the University (around 20-30 minutes walking distance) and usually the places are taken very fast. They do not have a kitchen – you cannot cook inside.
Private apartment – you can provide your own requirements for the place you want to live in – close to the university, price, etc.

Positive sides: the apartment can be close to the university and/or the city centre, it has a kitchen and you can cook inside.
Negative sides: the price of an apartment is relatively higher than the cost of living in a dormitory. Price: around 200-300 Euro (1 bedroom expenses) /month.