So, you’ve just moved to Madrid, huh? They probably told you how hard it can be to find accommodation in Madrid, right? If not, you might be in for quite a surprise. It’s precisely why startups are disrupting today’s real estate scene and enabling users to book long-term accommodation from the comfort of their home.

We asked around and we gathered some of the best local advice on how to find accommodation in Madrid. Here’s the good news: it’s easier than you think ?

How to find accommodation in Madrid

“You will see a lot of flats, and get rejected a lot too, but remember you are not alone.” – Just Landed

Websites where you can find accommodation in Madrid:

First thing’s first. You’ll probably want to check a few websites that provide accommodation in Madrid. The good news is, you’ll find plenty. Here are the types of websites you’ll be able to find:

  1. Classifieds websites that let anyone upload listings for free and let tenants arrange viewings for properties. These websites might have a lack of quality control and extra security measures should be taken into consideration.
  2. Private agencies that work with landlords and offer viewings for tenants. These agencies usually charge several fees on top of the usual deposit and monthly rent in advance.
  3. Online rental platforms that check and film the properties for you and let you book your accommodation online. These platforms don’t allow viewings but provide you with all necessary information for booking your property.

How to find accommodation in Madrid

“In terms of accommodation, expats will find that quality housing in Madrid can be difficult to find for a good price, and it is important to know where to search, how to negotiate and how to make a deal quickly, knowledgeably and efficiently.” – ExpatArrivals

Good news for English teachers:

“Lots of rental properties in Madrid and Barcelona can be rented for shorter lease periods so, in this sense, it is a fairly flexible market.” – International TEFL Academy

Where to live in Madrid?

“Despite the fact that Madrid is not so big, and public transport is efficient, it’s always better to live next to your university or your place of work. Instead of spending your time in the metro, you can then simply move around on foot and enjoy the sunny capital of Spain.” – RoosterGNN

Madrid has many districts – most young people prefer to live close to the city centre while those with families tend to opt out for a calm suburban area on the outskirts.

Madrid city centre

Here are a few of the most popular central neighborhoods:

Malasaña – Very hip, with some of the best and quirky restaurants and coffee shops.
La Latina – Close to practically everything, with a very good atmosphere.
Lavapiés – Multicultural, fantastic local vibe, the best food in the city.
Retiro – Close to Atocha train station and Retiro park – calm area.
Moncloa – Perfect choice for students, close to Madrid universities but still very central.
Chueca – One of the most LGBT-friendly neighborhoods, buzzing with restaurants, shops and clubs.

Our friends at Moving2Madrid have created complete neighborhood guides that will help you find accommodation in Madrid – they’re categorised by their characteristics and are complete with places they recommend you to stop by.

How to find accommodation in Madrid

“In order to start looking for accommodation, we recommend you to begin looking for a place in Madrid centro (Sol, La Latina, Atocha, Gran Vía, Chueca, Tribunal, Plaza España, Embajadores), Moncloa and Retiro. These are the most affordable areas in the center. The neighborhood of Salamanca is also well located, but it’s more expensive. The price of a room in Madrid ranges between 250 and 500 Euros a month.” – ESN UCM Madrid

The outskirts

The outskirts of the city, such as Alcobendas, Las Rozas, Getafe and Leganes, are all a popular choice. Getting into the city centre usually takes about 40 – 60 minutes. However, the cost of living is cheaper. Many apartment buildings are renovated and located within a gated community for added safety. You will find plenty of families living in this area.

How to find accommodation in Madrid

Facebook groups where you can find accommodation in Madrid

One of the most popular ways to find accommodation in Madrid is through Facebook – the modern way of what was once called “the word of mouth”.

Top tip for using classifieds to find accommodation

“When trying to contact the lister, it is always best to call instead of email. Since not all Spaniards have 24/7 access to the Internet, there’s a good chance your email will go unread for days” – EuroCheapo

“Ads are placed by privates and professionals, so conditions may differ since professionals get paid a small percentage over the final price.” – My Little Madrid

Browse and book online!

“This said, try to come with your lodging initially sorted out.” – BestPrograms

You will discover that flat hunting in Madrid is a full time job. Save yourself a headache and find accommodation in Madrid online – Spotahome Madrid has thousands of properties available, ranging from rooms for rent to whole apartments. Spotahome Madrid is here to help you make a safe and easy move and we’ll be with you every step of the way.

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