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How to prepare a room for international students

The academic year has just arrived, and with it comes the numerous international students who choose Portugal as the country to study in through student exchange programs or simply by their own academic choice. Therefore, a common practice for these foreign students is to rent rooms in Portugal. 

Being more profitable than tourist or long-term rentals, renting to foreign students is an increasingly popular option. Nevertheless, it is necessary that the landlord makes specific preparations for this type of letting. This will help improve the tenants' experience and provide a more comfortable living environment for them. After all, when the experience is positive, it's a win-win situation for both the tenant and the landlord. 
Adapting a room for international students should consist of some essential aspects that will improve their experience in our country in general, as well as their experience as students. 

The creation of a cosy space for allowing peace and comfort that encourages studying can be a great asset for the landlord and for the tenant. So here are some tips to help you prepare your room for international students: 

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1. Functional Furniture 
Placing functional furniture in a student's room is very important. In order to achieve a productive academic performance, studying at home becomes mandatory and, for this to be fulfiled, it is necessary to have a desk, an ergonomic chair and also suitable lighting conditions. 

2. A Clutter-free and Neutral Space 
Similarly, in order for the student to have adequate space to create their own environment, it is advisable that the room isn't too crowded with furniture. The creation of open spaces is important for concentration during the study and, along with these, a more neutral environment will give the student the opportunity to personalise the space in order to feel at home. 

3. The Right Lighting 
Light is essential for the international student to have a good experience. In addition to the focus on natural light, adequate artificial lighting should also be provided. The more bluish and whitish light tones can be used on the desk and work areas, the better. If the lighting is of warmer tone, it promotes comfort and relaxation for the student. 

4. Cleaning Service 
International students will spend most of their time studying and as such, they usually prefer a maid service. This cleaning service can be used only for the bedrooms and common areas of the property through an agreement between the landlord and the tenant. Hiring a cleaner can be advantageous for both parties. 

5. Organisation and Storage Spaces 
Cabinets, drawers, wardrobes, shelves ... these are very important when preparing a room for international students, since they allow the students to organise their storage space easier. 

These are some of the tips you can follow when preparing a room for international students. By following our advice, we are sure that you will be able to offer a perfect stay to foreign students who intend to rent a room from you.

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