Finding accommodation for a foreign internship, guest blog by Alex.
I often get questions about living abroad and semesters and about finding accommodation for a foreign internship. One of the most frequently asked questions is what is the best way to find a room or apartment abroad.
And I want to answer this question today. I have listed four tips that might help you find accommodation for a foreign internship < / a> .
Four tips for finding your accommodation:
Ask for help
Perhaps this is the most obvious tips: in most cases you go abroad for work or university. And even if you feel like you are bothering your new colleagues, you can always ask for help.
Maybe they know something, or your pastor has another tip. Just asking costs nothing. I did this twice and once just found an apartment with other interns and once found a room through the university.
Start searching when you get there
This is a bit more clumsy – but it was really the only way to find something good in New York. Especially in big cities it is nice if you see for yourself, how and what you actually want to rent.
For example, in New York I first spent two weeks in a Airbnb and looked further from there. This is an advantage especially if you are looking for free apartments online in advance, and you do not know anyone on the spot who you may ask or who can help you.
And if you can view it yourself, you immediately know what you really get and you are not dependent on photos online.
Well, and where do you actually find free rooms or apartments? There are several websites, always depending on where you are going. But there are also almost always Facebook groups to find accommodation or groups of ex-pats, who may have tips for you.
Just search Facebook for “rooms in …” for example. Sometimes it takes a bit of searching before you find a good and active group. But if you have found one, you will find people in no time, who can help you further – and then also direct contact in the new city.
If it’s too good to be true … it probably is.
My colleagues in New York often said this. And it’s just right: if you find a room that is just too cheap and looks super nice (on the pictures), there is probably something wrong.
Of course, you could also just be lucky. But transfer money and then get the key sent to view the apartment … absolutely do not do these things! And it happens more often than you think.
Especially in large cities. So if it sounds too good, be careful. And if you don’t trust it, don’t transfer money.
And yes, with these tips it can be quite difficult to find something. The best tip is, therefore: stay flexible.
If you absolutely want to live in a certain area of the city, adjust your budget if necessary. If that’s not possible, keep looking at other options. And then you will get there.