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Hotels or Hostels? Where to Stay with Your Student Group in Europe

March 9, 2015

When choosing where your student group will stay on your educational tour to Europe, it’s important to keep in mind a few factors – depending on your group, some factors may be more important to you than others. Location/ proximity to activities, price of accommodation, room types and sizes, hotel star rating, and youth hostel vs. hotel.

Where in the city should my student group stay?

Location, location, location! When selecting a hotel, make sure it is located near activities on your planned itinerary. It’s great to be able to walk back to your hotel for a good nights’ sleep after a long day on your feet. Alternatively, you can save a lot of money by staying in a suburban hotel outside the city centre, if you have adequate transportation like a private coach bus to take you downtown.


More expensive than hostels

Private rooms with lower occupancy per room

Full amenities, such as around the clock hotel staff.

Typically 2-4 students to a room

Browse for European hotels here: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotels-g4-Europe-Hotels.html


Cheaper than hotels

Can request private rooms for the school group. Anywhere from 2-8 students in a room.

Often a bunk bed setup.

May be private bathroom, or shared bathroom on floor.

Youth hostels can range greatly, from very basic to high quality hotel type accommodations.

Browse for European hostels here:



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