Yes this definately answers my questions.
First of all let me say that Hellenic College has tons of contacts with these 2 schools and some of the information you might need. I suggest you contact the Dean's office and ask. They have a lot more ties to Thessaloniki than Athens. I was the first person to go to Athens in like 10 years....so, yah. www.hchc.edu
Like I said. Athens is great academically, but no housing. Thessaloniki is OK academically, and they usually try to help out with housing. If Hellenic helps you out then you're set, otherwise you will have to ask around. You may be able to contact our Chaplain at the school, who's monastery is in Thessaloniki, who could house you if you want.
Let me know if you want info on the Athens program and I can e-mail it to you, just PM me your information.
PHD/THD, etc. :
I'm not sure how their programs are, but scholarships ARE AVAILABLE. According to the students in Athens the scholarships are given out like candy. So you would get a scholarship PLUS a stipend every month. HOWEVER, remember Athens is one of THE MOST expensive cities in Europe, by our standards. You're gonna be spending a lot, but the money's good.
Thessaloniki also has scholarships, but I think they're more limited. That doesn't mean you won't get them, just not the same amount probobly (of $$). But you'll be spending less.
Housing in Athens during the SCHOOL YEAR is usually in one of their dorms, which are notoriously dirty and crazy. You could get lucky and get set up in an apartment.
Housing in Thessaloniki is cleaner and nicer ALL AROUND, and you could get housed at that monastery which is usually free food and nice accomidations.
I HIGHLY RECOMEND you learning some greek before going there, otherwise you're going to have a tough time getting amalgamated. Greeks are usually helpful at the schools. I had tons of people try to help me, and I was "amerikanaki" so hey...can't go wrong.
Does this help at all?? PM me any other info you might want.