Europe’s top Erasmus+ and Turing Scheme destinations are facing a "crisis" due to rising cost of living. The pandemic and rising energy costs have heavily impacted some destinations in Europe especially. Erasmus+ destinations have also been impacted by staffing shortages, as many people changed careers during the pandemic. Meanwhile, some types of accommodation have also struggled to meet the increasing demand for high standards for cleanliness and space following the pandemic.
What Does That Mean for You?
What if you’ve just been accepted as an Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme student in Paris - which is notoriously one of the most expensive cities in Europe - and you’ve just realised that your Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme scholarship only covers 40% of your monthly budget, between housing and other daily expenses? This type of scenario is exactly why it is so important to get information about the living cost of the city or country you’re interested in before you apply. In doing so, it allows you to choose the perfect Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme destination based on you and your family’s financial situation.
It is common knowledge that Northern European countries have a higher cost of living than for example Italy or Portugal. If you are planning to apply for Erasmus+ or The Turing Scheme in one of these countries, it might be a good idea to save some money before you go. Lower living costs usually also means lower transportation costs, a factor you also should definitely consider. Cheap transportation means that during you Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme stay you can more easily move around the city as well as to and from your home country whenever you feel the need. Furthermore, lower transportation costs gives you the perfect opportunity to visit as many neighbouring countries as you can!
Don’t forget that as an Erasmus+ student, you will receive a grant from the European Union to support your expenses during your mobility. The grant (between 250 and 300 Euros) is calculated according to the destination you choose, but 90% of the time this monthly grant is barely enough to cover the accommodation fees, so choose your destination carefully. Greece and Malta are probably the cheapest and most comfortable destinations for your Erasmus+ stay. For UK students, you will receive funding from the government, which is called a Turing grant, for the same purpose.
The Most Affordable European Cities
Greece is probably one of the most affordable European cities to choose for your Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme stay or living abroad experience. The sun always shines, and the people’s incredible hospitality guarantees an unforgettable expat experience.
The country does welcome foreign workers and Greece's heavy promotion of tourism means that there are usually opportunities in the hospitality industry. Life in general is more laid back.
Life in Malta is also totally hassle-free, relaxed, and simple. Your Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme experience in Malta should be no different. We know how difficult it is to find a place to call home, which is why we've partnered with some of the best student accommodation providers in Malta so that you can enjoy access to high-quality services which are affordable and within your budget. Your Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme home is your place to relax and recharge, and it’s important you feel 100% comfortable.
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