How to Find an Apartment Abroad

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.

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.

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.