Flatshares are suitable for people with restricted budgets and provisional plans, and they are popular among those looking to save money on places to stay. An alternative to booking costly hotels, bed and breakfasts or hostels, flatshares are a longer-term solution for gap-year travellers, young professionals doing contract work, students, and anyone who wish to experience a city as a local.
Although the idea of sharing accommodation may conjure images of messy, noisy student digs, it’s possible to find comfortable flats by looking through the classifieds and remembering to be realistic. A rule of thumb is to choose the location carefully as this will affect rental rates. A benefit of flatshares is that they tend to be near city amenities such as shops or universities, although keep in mind to select a place that is near public transport as well.
Many shared apartments are in apartment blocks and modern housing complexes, where the type of fittings and furnishings varies. Flats can often be rented with furnishings included, although the number and quality will depend on the landlord in question. You may not get the exclusive interior of a fine hotel or the cosy, practical style of a top-rated hostel, yet the experience and good times of sharing a flat hopefully override less attractive aspects.
On the subject of landlords, it’s important to be familiar with the terms and conditions of rent to avoid unwelcome surprises. Especially pay attention to all costs applicable to the tenant and what is expected from tenants regarding notice periods, deposits, utilities and repairs.
Living in shared accommodation is far from living at home. It’s an opportunity to meet new people (generally young people) with different backgrounds and personalities. For many, this is a chance to forge friendships but it also requires tolerance and shared responsibility. Many flatshares don’t offer cleaning services and cooking is often up to individual preference. This means that every roommate has to do his or her fair share of work to ensure that the place is kept clean and tidy. Because a clean home makes a happy home.
To find flatshares that are available to rent in the city you’re travelling to, have a look through online classifieds.
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