In Finland, I shared apartment with two other exchange students. I had my own room but shared kitchen and bathroom with the others. Our apartment was in a building where only exchange students lived. In the area, it was four building with exchange students and five minutes walks from there were seven other buildings with just exchange students living. So, you always had someone to hang out with and all of my friends were actually my neighbors. The area I lived in was about 15 minutes’ drive from the city center and the university.
Here you can see how the rooms looked like