One thing that you need to keep in mind is that you need to give equal importance to your search for international student accommodation as you give to your studies. The way you worked hard to secure your admission in your favorite college; you need to work aggressively the same way to secure your student apartment or student housing. If you do not start your search in good time, it may happen that you will run out of all good options and then will be left with no alternative but to stay in some residential area with no facilities for academic excellence.
Ideally you should get your hostel or accommodation within the precincts of your university or college, still the second best option would be to get student housing in a well connected locality which is near to your college and has good facilities for academics like bus or train service to university and round the clock electric supply. Since such accommodations are in high demand, they usually come with a higher price tag. However, if you are not even able to get housing in such a colony, you still need not lose heart. You should first accept the accommodation which is being offered to you and then you may swap housing with your acquaintances or friends. This way, you will be able to get student housing in your choicest colony or city.A good accommodation for students should have some basic facilities like Cafeteria; Laundry; Internet connectivity; Telephone connection; Round the clock power back up and Study table with chair. You can search for good accommodation online also as there are some websites that specialize only in providing housing solutions to international students. These websites have a vast database of student accommodations and you may even find roommates also to swap housing with you as these sites also maintain a large database of student profiles. Best part of using these websites is that you can easily find people of similar interests there with whom you can share your housing and ideas both. This way, you will be able to foster strong relationships with your roommates.