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Everything you must include on a Malta student accommodation checklist

Malta is a great place for international students. You can gain multiple opportunities with the quality educational institutions based on the island. So, if you have selected your university of choice, you need to focus on your student accommodation checklist.

First things first! You must ensure you have completed the visa requirements in time and that everything has been approved.

This includes the type of visa you have been granted, i.e., short-stay or long-stay. You will find all the information you need in the student guidelines of your chosen education provider. 

There are different student accommodation checklists for international students, depending on the length of their stay. Statistics show that 20.5 per cent of students enrolled in Malta are from other countries.

 This means a huge inflow of international students heading to Malta to pursue higher education. If you decide to study in Malta and make a career on this Mediterranean island, there are some things you need to keep in mind. This blog will guide you in preparing your student accommodation checklist by alerting you to everything you need to take into account when planning to move to a new place. 

Creating a student accommodation checklist

As an international student, new to the country, you first need to get an idea of the cost of living in Malta. Then consider your options for accommodation. If you opt for an on-campus student residence, connect with GBS Malta team for a list of the services available for students. 

When you have a clear idea of what is included in your accommodation package you will know what else you need to procure and if it is possible to source this locally e.g., at local markets nearby. Below you will find the essentials for your student accommodation checklist before packing for your student life in Malta. 

1. Documents

There are important documents that you must carry with you carefully, as a student in Malta. You may run into problems as an international student with incomplete documents. When flying to Malta, place all your important documents securely in your cabin baggage.

These will be your passport, arrival letter, university acceptance letter and other educational documents. Make sure you have valid travel insurance, your accommodation address and other information and key phone numbers stored safely at hand. 

Here is a quick student accommodation checklist for the documents needed

  • Copy of academic documents 

  •  Degree/certificate and other academic transcripts 

  • Three months' bank balance and a certificate confirming the specific balance you need to maintain. This is the document that you must also show at the embassy

  • Copy of all proof of identity of parents/sponsor

  • Soft/hard copies of passport photographs

  • Driving license 

  • Other government identity cards

  • Health insurance

  • Medical prescriptions (if necessary)

Tip: Carry some Maltese currency with you when you arrive and try not to run out of cash in this new country. Also, keep a drive (online/offline) with scanned copies of all the documents for quick access. 

2. Wardrobe

Fitting your entire wardrobe into a suitcase is not possible. Since this is an opportunity to begin afresh, pack smartly for your immediate needs.

Again, a quick call with the accommodation team will give you the information you need about dressing appropriately for your new circumstances. If you will be living with roommates, contact them in advance and ask for their advice about what to bring. 

In the meantime, here is our suggested student accommodation checklist for clothing items to pack: 

  • Sportswear 

  • Casual clothes 

  • Formal clothes 

  • Windproof/waterproof jackets and overcoats 

  • Seasonal clothing for summer and winter 

  • Footwear: Formal, informal and slippers  

  • Traditional clothing 

  • Watches and belts 

Tip: Bring clothes that respect the local culture when moving to Malta. Research as much as possible before packing. 

3. Electronic equipment

In this modern tech era, most of us need our electronic devices daily. Remember to include the following items in your student accommodation checklist: 

  • Mobile phone  

  • Tablet/laptop 

  • Chargers  

  • USB/HDMI connectors 

  • External hard drive 

  • Power banks  

  • Speakers 

  • Travel adaptors

Tip: If your budget allows, you can buy these items locally and avoid adding weight to your luggage. If you need other items of stationery, you can probably buy them at local markets.

4. Arrival checklist for students

Upon your arrival in Malta, the immigration officers will ask to see your passport/travel documents and may have a few standard questions for you.

Tell the immigration officer that you’ve come to Malta to study. You will have to show the following documents for clearance: 

  • Arrival letter  

  • Acceptance letter from the university 

  • Proof of funds 

  • Accommodation address 

Tip: Contact the visa officer for a list of other documents

5. Miscellaneous items

It’s a good idea to take a few other things with you to make you feel at home while away. Here’s a quick list: 

  • Customised mugs 

  • Family photos 

  • Personal diaries 

  • Art/games of interest 

  • Familiar food items. 

Tip: If you plan to bring these items (especially food), check Maltese customs regulations and airline restrictions well in advance to avoid disappointment. 

You’re now ready to fly to your destination! Upon landing, update your loved ones and call or text that you’ve landed safely. 

Learning and growing with GBS Malta

GBS Malta is a higher education provider offering a range of bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business and management, information technology and business management, and study skills. We work with top education providers in the UK to provide these degrees in Malta. Our courses align with the Malta Qualifications Framework and the European Qualification Framework.

Accommodation at GBS Malta

1. Campus Hub residence

Our student accommodation is close to the university campus. We want all students to feel safe and happy in our Campus Hub. The place has a nice, calm atmosphere, modern rooms, a gym, interesting shops and affordable cafes and restaurants. It's like a home away from home for students. There's a direct bus to the college from our residence. Our facilities include:

  • 24-hr reception
  • Food and essential retail outlets
  • Shared kitchens
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Pool and gym
  • Student study and lounge areas
  • Washer dryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Wi-Fi
  • Towels
  • Hairdryer
Room type  Facilities  Low season price (€/week)  High season price (€/week)
Single room  Private bathroom € 285 € 320
Twin room  Private bathroom € 205 € 240

2. Shared apartments

GBS Malta also offers shared apartments near the campus, so you can catch the morning sun as you head to school. You can also easily discover the popular places nearby and enjoy the sea and everything St. Julian's offers.

With lots of shops, bars, restaurants, cafes, lovely bays and beaches, life in Malta brings something new every day. 

Accommodation type Low season  High season 
Shared apartment €175/week  €195/week 
Single room in shared apartment (shared bathroom) €300/week   €320/week 

With GBS Malta, you will have many opportunities for professional networking during your stay. Contact our team today to find out more about the courses and student accommodation. We are here to support you through your academic journey in Malta while you build a great career with us. 

Frequently Asked Questions about student accommodation checklist

Prepare by organising essential documents, researching accommodation and familiarising yourself with local customs. 

Expect Mediterranean weather in Malta – hot and dry summers and mild winters.

Malta's healthcare system is accessible to international students, with public and private options available for residents. 

Ensure safety by locking doors, using secure storage and getting insurance for valuables. 

Maximise space using storage solutions, keeping things organised and minimising clutter. 

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