You can find an apartment abroad through a rental agency, newspaper classifieds, or through adviser referrals, but take necessary precautions.
You will need
- Destination city newspaper
- College Study Abroad department
- Your destination country's tourism office
Step 1 Select from rental options Select your rental preference. Options include a flat with a short-term lease, a long-term rental, or a sublet from someone who will be gone for a period of time.
Step 2 Do an internet search Do an internet search for apartment rentals in your destination city. You’ll get a long list of results, so weed out the best choices.
Step 3 Browse rental classified ads Browse ads for furnished apartments in your destination city’s online newspaper. Place a “Rental Wanted” ad in an English-language newspaper.
In a city where apartments go fast, read local newspaper ads only after you arrive and prepare to act fast.
Step 4 Contact a college's Study Abroad program Contact a college’s Study Abroad program adviser even if you’re not a student. They may know of rental agencies in your destination city.
Step 5 Contact a college at your destination Contact a university in your destination city for advice on locating rentals. Some colleges may offer their own long-term room rentals.
Step 6 Go to the Tourism Offices Worldwide site Go to the Tourism Offices Worldwide site to find contact info on tourism offices in your destination country. They may offer accommodations searches.
Some countries have tourism offices in the U.S. Visit a local office if one is near you.
Step 7 Go to the U.S. State Department site Before you make a final decision, read “Security Guidelines for American Families Living Abroad” at the U.S. State Department site. Safety should be a priority when renting abroad.
Did You Know:
Instead of monthly rent, many Korean landlords have foreigners pay jeonse, a returnable deposit typically over 40 percent of an apartment’s purchase value.