Are you accepted into some of the universities in Kosice (Pavol Jozef Safarik University, Technical University, University of veterinary medicine and pharmacy), and have you started to look for a flat? There is one good news and one bad news – as there are plenty of Slovak and foreign students, there are many students’ flats, dormitories, and possibilities to find a flat. The bad news is that the demand is higher than the offer and prices went up significantly in the last few years. There was a lot of development and construction progress in the last few years, so there are many good flats in the market. Universities have also dormitories, but they are usually occupied by students from higher years who reserved them in previous years.

The best time to look for a flat is before the end of August when most of the students are not in Kosice and the offer might be better. If you start looking in September, prices will be higher as most of the international and Slovak students look at the same time.

2022 update: the prices of private accommodation went up by 10-15%. The next increase could be expected in 2023 due to an increase of the prices of energy (electricity and gas)

What is the budget you might expect in Kosice in 2022:

single rooms apartments (with kitchen, bathroom, and approximately 20-25m2) for a single person are usually the most expensive and will start from 350€, luxurious apartments will be 500-600€

double rooms apartments (with two single rooms) are priced around 550-600€ – the price is for 2 students

three students may count with the price of 600-700€

four students should be having a budget of 650-700€

The best locations for international students in Kosice

The best location to look for accommodation for UPJS is Old Town – Stare Mesto and Terasa as the university is located very close to the city centre.

The best locations for students of veterinary medicine are Old Town and Kosice Sever (Kosice North).

The best locations for students of Technical University are Old Town, Terasa and Sever (North).

These locations have also premium prices, so you may end up with a higher price when looking for apartments in these locations.

Where to look for flats in Kosice for international students?

There are two ways how to find apartments. Make sure to speak only with people who published their real names and not nicknames. The profession of real estate agents in Slovakia is regulated and  they need to follow codex of work as well as declare their income for tax purposes. Before moving in, the owner or real estate agent must provide you with a contract where rights and responsibilities of the both sides are described.

First of all, we suggest looking at Facebook groups (groups might be dedicated also to specific nationality of students):
https://www.facebook.com/groups/408660459188649/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/212789922252163/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1155667181125345/

If you want to look also for real estate agency offers, you can search here in this aggregator:

https://byval.sk/nehnutelnosti/byty/prenajom/Kosice/najnovsie

 

The second is by real estate agencies – the disadvantage is that there are sometimes service charges, that are charged to students in the amount of one month’s rent. We work with an agent who is not charging any service fee to students and it works with international students mostly.
His name is Vladimir Pacai and he has around 50 flats to choose from. His WhatsApp is +421 907 910 902 and he is available to help you, his email is vpacai@forrent.sk

There are also new luxurious apartments available next to the hockey stadium (Steel Arena) – you can open the prospect here: bck-rental-apartments-kosice_brozura_2019-10. They are available from 1st of October 2020.

The cheapest alternative

The cheapest alternative is to get a student dormitory, which is provided by the university. It is really difficult to get dormitories, especially for UPJS and Veterinary medicine students (Popradska, Medicka), as students come often to TUKE dorms.

A recently discovered alternative is a secondary school dormitory with the price of 80-110€ per month located at Medicka 2 (is it not part of UPJS university dorms). A kitchen and washing machine is not available, so it is suitable especially for students not staying at weekends in Kosice.

More details: https://www.simedke.sk/index.php/turisticka-ubytovna

If you need help, please contact us and we can check the flats for you.