Arrangements before leaving

There is some paperwork to do before going abroad; agreements etc. I managed those quite easy, because learning agreement was nothing new to me, and I find it always important to contact people beforehand. The LA base was the same as on courses I studied in Utrecht year ago and a course I took on St. Petersburg last spring. Paper works took time and I was really busy when arranging things, because I had already started my summertime working and our theater group had a play to practice and the show was on at Juni and July. So my normal day was work 8 hours, few hours free time which meant arrangements and preparing the time in Utrecht and on evening the play.. I love theater, going to see a play and making theater has been my hobby for few years. Usually my part has been behind the scenes ( with costumes & planning) but now it was my first time on stage.

The most hard thing to do was finding accommodation. And I was not the only one. Even now, when its less than a week before the semester starts there is people who are looking for a room and also offering one.. I asked advise from locals and Dutch students gave helpful links. I think the best place to seek accommodation from Utrecht and the Netherlands is Facebook groups. There people can post for free. Of course I ask from many rental offices but all where booked full that time, or too expensive. The school advised to ask from the office they have a contract with, but unfortunately it was fully booked also. There is many websites like kamernet, easykamer and nespick. I check those, but in some point I couldn’t use the service without payment, so  find Facebook groups the best this time. I send approximately 3 messages per a day for people who offer room/apartment. First weeks when I started to seek a room I messaged everyone, but after that I realized I should focus on offers for only about my time in Utrecht (and English written + furnished). If you compare to Finland there is a lot offers. Even more than that 3 on a day that would suit me the best. Finally I contacted with my becoming landlady. We had Skype meeting and after a nice conversation it seemed we have quite similar living habits. She choose me to rent her place for the fall. She had many offers, so I were lucky.

All the early summer rush was worth it of course. I am extremely happy that I have opportunity to study abroad and I had a wish to do that for few years. Now, few days before leaving I’m packing my back and meeting friends and family. Summerwork is done and the weather is lovely. I feel its good time in life to travel and study.

| Author: Helmi