Erasmus students to get help finding accommodation with new scheme
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Students undertaking Erasmus placements are to be given a helping hand with the launch of a new scheme. A partnership between Erasmus and Uniplaces, the student accommodation platform, will help the 180,000 students from across Europe that take an Erasmus placement find a home away from home. Through the partnership, Uniplaces will offer accommodation to Erasmus students with special booking discounts. Booking through the Uniplaces platform will also ensure that they are safe from the schemes and scams that overshadow many online accommodation deals. The partnership also involves cooperation on the UniPlacesScholarship, a scheme that offers free housing to students worldwide, as well as an Ambassadors’ Academy, giving students professional development opportunities. Erasmus and Uniplaces are also planning to conduct research to identify the challenges students face, so that they can work along international students’ support services to ensure mobile students get all the support that they require. The EU currently has a target of 20% of Europeans studying abroad by 2020, meaning competition for safe and cheap accommodation is likely to become more difficult. It is hoped that the new scheme will rectify this by helping students who are studying abroad in Europe to find accommodation, as the market grows over the next five years.
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