If you’ve ever read an article on this blog before, you’ll probably already have noticed that I enjoy travelling and have traveled to many places, so I am no stranger to finding accommodation in a new place. But when moving permanently to a new city to live, that’s when things got a little trickier.
My first thought was to start in hotels and hostels like I would normally do when travelling and book a few weeks. This is a viable option, but the expense really starts to stack up after a few weeks.
I next looked into renting out an apartment. I have done this in other places before and found it quite affordable. But at the time I was looking all the apartments were extremely expensive or a more permanent tenancy. However, something to also know, is that those looking for tenants that were going through a property management company, wouldn’t rent a property without you or a representative viewing the property first.
My last place I looked was Airbnb, where I did find a really affordable place, staying with the host, so being new to the city I chose this option.
I rented out the place for a month, because I wasn’t sure how long it would take me to find somewhere to rent more permanently (now that I was in the city and could view the listings in person). However, I’d found somewhere by the end of the first week, which I have moved into.
Now of course the dilemma with booking these places, is that they aren’t too keen to refund if you want to cancel early. With Airbnb it depends on the hosts policy how much you get refunded and for stays over 28 nights, then you need to have more than 30 days remaining on your reservation in order to get any money after that period refunded. However, I will give credit to Airbnb, when I rang them to discuss this policy, they were happy to contact the host to try and negotiate a refund, because obviously there are reasons for someone cancelling early.
On hindsight, I probably didn’t need to book an Airbnb for a month, but you don’t know how long it will take you to find permanent accommodation or what the place will be like in advance.
Since booking an Airbnb, a lot of people have shared their Airbnb stories with me and common themes that have come out of it are that places aren’t cleaned well despite cleaning fees or that hosts have already filled wardrobes/cupboard etc with their belongings in the rooms people have booked. Most have opted for an Airbnb because it was cheaper than other accommodation options – but not always.
Comment below if you have any accommodation tips and tricks when moving cities.