For a new arrival in Athens flat sharing is a good option since you will immediately be mixing with locals/people that are familiar with the city and of course you’ll be free of the financial burden and responsibilities of actually renting a place on your own. Short term shared accommodation (one month to a year) for foreign students can be found via the following site:
The following databases will also be of help in finding a flat share:
It’s worth getting involved in one of the internet discussion forums focusing on Greece. These sites offer advice as well as a good way of making local connections. Consult:
Rooms and apartments can be rented in private buildings throughout Athens and the cost of renting a one-room apartment is approximately €270 per month. The cost of living in Athens for a student, all included, is estimated at €700 per month.
For more detailed information on which areas of Athens to focus your search and further tips please consult the following section “Rent”.
Regarding hotel accommodation, hotels in the centre of Athens are generally situated near the Acropolis, in Plaka, in the area around Omonia square, in Kolonaki, in the vicinity of the Parliament square and on Sygrou Avenue. The Athenian Riviera also has many hotels – from Faliro to Glyfada, Kavouri, Voula, Vouliagmeni , Varkiza and Lagonisi. New hotels like Holiday Inn and Sofitel can be found near the airport. Hotels are also located on Athinas street, and near the main train station (Karaiskaki Square). Visitors often prefer to stay in the centre of town so as to be close to the historical sites, but the coastal resorts of Rafina, Nea Makri, Loutsa and Sounion offer an interesting alternative: thanks to extensive subway and suburban rail networks, in addition to the improved roads, these areas are very accessible.
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