A first step in preparing for a flat search in Bucharest is getting acquainted with the different areas of the city and becoming aware of the benefits and drawbacks of each. Ask fellow expats and locals, search the internet and, if you can, visit the neighbourhood yourself.
Additionally, before beginning your actual search it is good to establish clearly what your expectations are.
Flatsharing enables you to save money while at the same time meeting locals and living in an established home. A room in an apartment with other people that is not extremely far from the centre typically costs 100-150 euro, including utilities.
In order to find a flatshare, you can search on classifieds' websites such as Cautcoleg or Anuntul. Note that although signing a formal lease in this situation is not common practice in Romania, it is advisable to have a written contract before you move in. It is also good to meet with all your future flatmates before making a decision and establish the expectations and boundaries of each.
Short-term accommodation allows you and your family to settle in a cosy environment while you search for a long-term home in Bucharest. It is usually more affordable than staying in a hotel, while offering the privacy that hostels don't.
Apartments for short-term rent can be found on international sites such as Airbnb, but also on local websites. Among the reputable providers of short-term accommodation in Bucharest are:
Looking for cheap accommodation in Bucharest isn’t easy and can be time consuming. Fortunately the times of browsing innumerable adverts, making hundreds of phone calls and visiting dozen of houses belong to the past: with Uniplaces now you can look for your room comfortably sitting at home. You can pick a room in a shared home with other expats, a studio flat if you want more privacy, or you can team up with other friends and rent an entire apartment just for yourselves.
The booking system is very simple and doesn’t require any visit: all can be done in advance thanks to the detailed descriptions and photos of the rooms and you can secure your room before even getting there. Moreover the Uniplaces team will be available for any questions and help.
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