If you are unfamiliar with the area, it can be difficult to assess where you want to live and what exactly you want out of an apartment. Short-term accommodations can be the perfect solution, offering you the ability to get to know the city before picking permanent accommodation.
These are usually more expensive then renting accommodation outright, but less expensive than a hotel and offers extra amenities like a kitchen and the ability to live in more of a local setting. Most are offered furnishing and short-term contracts are available for as little as a week to several months.
Hostels are an inexpensive foothold into a new place. Costs are rock bottom and you may even be able to trade work for a bed. The negative is that this is a difficult option past a week or two. Hostels offer little private space and nowhere to store your goods.
Subletting (the leasing of a property by a tenant as opposed to a landlord) during a portion of his or her unexpired term of occupancy, is another popular option. This can allow you to sign a short-term contract for a furnished place with few strings. Be aware that even though many of these agreements are fairly informal, it is important to have a written contract to protect yourself. It is common to ask for a small deposit (usually the amount of one months rent).
Resident halls offer inexpensive accommodations for short-term rental. Accommodations vary from house to house with some offering shared rooms, shared flats, or private residences. Check directly with universities for opportunities.
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