Tips for how to find housing in Madrid.
Finding an apartment can be an exciting time, but also stressful. Many of you are probably thinking “Where do I begin?”, “What neighborhood is best for my commute?”, “What options are available in a foreign country?” The list goes on and on, but with Smart Insider’s Housing Guide a lot of your questions will be answered. Ready. Set. Apartment Hunt!
What’s the best district for me?
What types of housing are available?
Madrid is a big city, and if you’re a young international student or auxiliar you have many options. The most common option is renting a room in a shared apartment. If you’re studying you might want to consider living in a student residency to have more in common with your surrounding peers. Finally, if you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous and want to dive into the Spanish culture then we recommend trying to live with a Spanish family also known as a homestay.
- Social life
- New Friends
- More Expensive
- Secure Residence
- Spanish Culture
- Strict Rules
- Meal Plans
- Strict Rules
What is a housing contract?
Understanding the responsibilities and any housing related expenses is really important. Before renting you need to make sure you understand the details of the contract. Since we are in Spain the contract may be in Spanish which can make things more complicated so make sure to have a friend translate or do it yourself. Some of the most important things to look into are the contract cancellation period, refunds, deposit, and other monthly expenses in addition to the rent like heat, water, and gas. Important: If you’re becoming Empadronado a contract is a must so make sure to arrange a contract with whoever you’re renting from.
Where can I search?
Some platforms are free but but be cautious of scams because they do happen! Also, there are some great rental agencies that offer reliable service the entire time you are residing in the city. If you’re looking for other secure platforms this will allow you to search for an apartment but you will have to pay a reservation fee when you book the room of your choice. If all else fails there is always social media. There are some great Facebook groups for apartment listings and people searching for roommates.
Smart Insiders is here to help.
If you are a student we help you to find the apartment that best suits your budget and what you are looking for, just complete the following form. If you you are looking for someone to fill a room you can fill out the form under “Offer Housing”.