We all know how it is when you come to the strange city as a foreigner and that it is not always easy to find out how things work there. That´s why we prepared this small guide for you that will give you some tips&tricks how to survive in Bratislava every few days we will send here the article about topics like accommodation, transportation, foreign police, phone operator, sightseeing in Bratislava and around and since we are self-loving people also about us ;).
Accommodation in Bratislava
You have been asking a lot about accommodation – where to get a room, how, for how much, etc. So let´s take a look at the accommodation possibilities in Bratislava at first!
Apparently, accommodation is the most important thing and everybody got to have a roof over his head. We know that in the time we are writing this, the deadlines for the dormitory applications are long gone so we will focus on the tips how to get the alternative accommodation as easy and as soon as possible. So let us give you some overview of the options you have.
If you want to experience the real student life of Slovakia and pay less at the same time, you should apply for a room in a university dormitory. However, do it as soon as possible because the capacities are not enough for everybody and the basic rule is applied here: “who comes first, takes first”.
Also, the places are granted almost exclusively only for the students of the exact university, so you should send application to the dorm of the university where you will study. It is possible to apply also at other dormitories where you would like to live but it is very exceptional to receive a stay in a dormitory not dedicated to your university so better don´t count with it.
Dormitories of Slovak University of Technology
Most of the rooms look like flats with 1-3 rooms sharing one bathroom. There are usually 1-4 people of the same gender accommodated in one room. The price varies from 60-100 €/month according to the dormitory and the number or roommate. There is also mensa, fitness or other services available for you in the student houses.
List of STU student houses (the ones where foreign students are usually accommodated are written in bold):
- Mladá Garda, Račianska 103, 831 02 Bratislava
- Nikosa Belojanisa, Wilsonova 6, 811 07 Bratislava 1
- Jura Hronca, Bernolákova 1, 811 07 Bratislava 1
- Svoradov, Svoradova 13, 811 03 Bratislava 1
- Mladosť, Staré Grunty 53, 842 47 Bratislava 4
- Dobrovičova, Dobrovičova 14, 811 09 Bratislava 1
If you would like to apply for accommodation in one of these dormitories, fill in the accommodation registration form here: http://www.stuba.sk/new/docs//stu/pracoviska/uz_sdaj/ziadost_o_ubyt_AJ_06_2010.pdf
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If you haven’t been one of the lucky ones to get the room in the university dormitory, you can still live in private dormitories. They are dedicated for the students of all universities. All of them are newly furnished and reconstructed and they offer 1- or 2-bedded rooms. The prices vary from 150-200€/month. If you would like to live in a private dormitory, we recommend you to make a reservation at least one month before the semester starts because the capacities are getting full very quickly.
Student House in Bratislava – Ružinov. Newly opened in winter semester 2014/15. http://www.student-house.sk/en/
Student Residence, Bratislava – Petržalka, Incheba. Also newly opened in winter semester 2014/15. http://www.studentresidence.sk/en/
Renting an apartment
Another possibility is to rent an apartment in Bratislava. If you have decided for this option, the best thing is to team up with other students who are looking for a flat to rent as well because everything is easier when you are not alone, right?
And I don’t want to crash your illusions, but don’t expect to find an apartment by searching for online offers kilometers away from Bratislava. A: you should take a look at the apartment yourself and B: the landlord wants to see you. Can you imagine renting an apartment to somebody you have never seen? And that somebody would be a student coming for Erasmus stay? I guess most probably not… Apart from that, you need to sign the lease contract yourself.
Therefore, we recommend you to contact ESN or local person, for example your buddy, and search for the possibilities first. After that, prepare to get a temporary stay in a hostel or a dorm and come to Bratislava to look for your apartment. It may take you some days, but don’t worry, we can reassure you that the market is very flexible in September and October when the semester starts and everybody finds one after all.
For renting an apartment prepare 150-250€/month. The prices vary considerably according to how many people will share the flat, the location and the size. As always, the ones in the center are smaller and more expensive compated to the ones in suburbs or further parts of town (Ružinov, Petržalka, Nové Mesto, Rača, Karlova ves)
You can look for the advertisements on the internet reality websites. There are really many of them, such as:
But Facebook can also be a good tool to find somebody renting a room in a shared apartment or to team up with other people also looking for the accommodation. Many groups for Slovaks as well as for foreigners have been created:
Hostels in Bratislava
If you need to find a temporary accommodation after your arrival until you find your accommodation in Bratislava, you can apply in the dorms for the guest rooms (10-20€/night) or you can live in a hostel in the city centre. The prices for 1 bed in a shared room are all around 15€ in most of the hostels.
Here are some links together with a map to better see their location:
DISCLAIMER: ESN STUBA is not liable for any damages caused by this information document, due to the dynamic nature of the information here published. Costs as such are subject to frequent changes – therefore we cannot assume any liability for incorrect numbers.