-Source text by SPOTAHOME, translated by Andrés Varela-
By May, many students already start their search for new accommodation for their next year at university. Maybe you're going abroad for Erasmus, moving to a new neighbourhood or finally leaving the cosiness of a student’s residence to enjoy all the advantages of renting a flat.
It doesn't matter what reasons you may have, if you're one of these people looking to rent a new home, listen carefully as this may interest you:
1. Choosing a destination
If you are going abroad to live your international experience, it's very probable that you have loads of questions to ask. We recommend you choose a location where you can improve your second or third language, so you get an extra bonus that will help your professional career in the future.
If you are planning to stay in Europe, check out the ranking's results to discover which are the most requested destinations by the iGen: on first position, stands Berlin, followed closely by some Spanish cities (Barcelona, Valence and Madrid), Dublin, Milan and Paris as the most desired destinations.
Berlin has become one the trendiest and coolest city in Europe, this may have something to do with Germany being one of the European countries with the lowest rate of unemployment among young people, just saying...
2. Where to live
A flat will allow you to have your own privacy and to live new experiences. Whether you are moving in with friends or renting a room in a shared property to meet new people, housemates are a big deal and they will change your life, so make sure not to miss our article about How To Find Your Perfect New Home Abroad.
It's also important to make sure you feel comfortable with the neighbourhood and not too far away from transportation links to university, your study centre or new job. It's true that no one makes a big deal about it at first, but you should if you don't want to waste too much time traveling instead of enjoying the city, meeting new friends or doing some exercise.
3. How to save money
The best way to save is to keep a record of the money you use and how you use it, so you realise where you can save. If you haven't done it already, you can check some of the scolarships available for you to request while studying abroad.
You may want to know that where you choose to live has a huge impact on your overall cost of living, so make sure to check if bills are included with the rent.
Because Spotahome wants you to save every penny while living abroad, we have come up with a great idea: ¡We are giving away 4 months of free rent, so you can just relax and enjoy the experience while we handle the job for you!
All you need to do is show us what would you do for the opportunity to live in the city of your dreams. Take a video or show us in one picture and upload it to the '4 months together' website.
You can also participate by posting on Instagram using the hashtag #4MonthsTogether, just make sure to tag remember Spotahome. Share your post with your friends so you get more likes and better chances of winning 4 months of free rent. The top 10 videos will go into a final selection process where one winner will get to live for free during 4 months in one of Spotahome's properties.