Moving to a new country: find cheap apartments abroad

Moving to a new country: find cheap apartments abroad

Posted 09.14.2009 in Articles by Dan

Starting a new chapter of your life in a new country is an extensive process of packing and shipping your belongings, making sure all paperwork and details are sorted out, and reserving an apartment. The latter can be the most difficult because trying to search and contact landlords abroad can be strenuous, but if you know where to look and how to go about finding the best resources finding an apartment abroad can turn out not to be that stressful.

One of the first places to start is by checking out all the newspapers and local classifieds in your new city online. Scour the ads for furnished apartments and any ads that say “international friendly.” Instead of just looking for ads, advertising your needs in English language newspapers can be just as beneficial. Post ads in the local english papers explaining that you're looking for an apartment.

After using the local newspapers, there are a few websites dedicated to matching prospective tenants with apartments abroad. You can search for apartments for rent in many major international cities on You can post a “Housing Wanted” ad or search through the “Housing Available” ads. You can sign up to receive notifications when an apartment becomes available.

Another great web site to use is the classified Web site Kijiji. Kijiji is better known as domestically, but Kijiji abroad. The best way to use this site is by searching “Kijiji” and the name of the city and country you are moving to. Once on the site, you can select the apartment section and narrow results to specific cities.

Craigslist also offers international classifieds and apartment listings. The international listings for apartments on Craigslist work just as the domestics listings do with a simple search engine and postings sorted by date. But just like with domestic Craigslist ads, the worry for scams or fraud for apartments postings is just as valid. Make sure to double check and research information from the apartment ads, and to not send any personal information or money before viewing the apartment.

Local universities are another great resource for those moving abroad.  a student local universities have offices that specialize in sending students abroad and can offer some direction in specific resources to help find apartments abroad. Make a point to speak to the advisors or administrators in charge. The advisors or administrators will know of and sometimes even have relationships with agencies, local apartment brokers, and other apartment resources that they can refer you to. 

Make sure to take advantage of social networking sites when looking for an apartment abroad. Let friends, family members, and social media followers know that you’re looking for apartments for rent in a particular city abroad. Ask them for leads as well as additional resources to scout that you may not have thought about.

Using online newspapers and international classifieds, visiting local universities' study abroad offices, and reaching out on social media can make finding an apartment abroad simpler. Moving abroad can be like a daunting task, but with the right strategy and resources the move can be less stressful, and more enjoyable.

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Not a student.
Reply #1 on : Mon October 15, 2012, 12:40:29
Will universities or local colleges really offer help for someone who isn't, or hasn't been a student before? How would someone go about contacting an university office if they haven't been a student?

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