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RENTAL AGENCIES

Rental agencies manage many apartments. They typically rent individual rooms in large shared apartments, but some will also have various studio apartments or entire flats available for you to rent. Student Residences typically rent single or double bedrooms.


What to Expect:

  • More expensive
  • Trustworthy
  • Phyisical office
  • Contract support
  • Flat manager for support
  • Many roommates
  • International atmosphere

PAID SEARCH PLATFORMS

Paid search platforms don’t own their own apartments. They advertise locations that they inspect and trust and have approved. That’s why they charge a booking service fee. These apartments might be owned by private landlord or rental agencies  so review their terms and conditions carefully.


What to Expect:

  • Will charge a booking fee
  • Potential double fee (platform & agency)
  • Great selection
  • Safe platform to avoid scams  but the platform is not responsible for the actions taken by the private landlord/rental agency
  • Not possible to visit the flat before
  • International atmosphere

WEBSITES


Airbnb (international)

Inlife

Homelife

Logderin (international)

Roomless (international)

Spotahome (international)




FREE SEARCH PLATFORMS

Apartments are uploaded to these platforms by anyone – private owners, people searching for a roommate and agencies. In the case of private landlords, negotiations are handled directly between the owner and the one searching.

What to Expect:

  • Completely free to use
  • Landlords often don’t rent to foreigners
  • Language barriers
  • Rather long-term options
  • Offers mostly for complete apartments
  • Higher risk of scams