Moving to a foreign country is an exciting adventure, until you need somewhere to live and find yourself on the phone with a Spanish real estate agent who speaks 100 miles per hour! We truly believe that temporary accommodation is the best option if you are moving to Madrid from another country. This is our reasoning:
- You don’t know Madrid—the different barrios around Madrid all have their own personality and you won’t know what you like until you experience them.
- You don’t know anyone. Taking a permanent apartment with people you have yet to meet is a very big risk! You may meet your soul mate but the chances of that happening . . .?
- You don’t know where your jobs will be. If you get a job in a school or company in the north of Madrid and your apartment is in the south, then your mornings will suck. Once you have your jobs in place, you can plan your ideal location accordingly.
To this end, we have negotiated a deal with Student Accommodation Madrid for a two-month let. This gives you time to arrive for a few days before the course, do the course with stability, then get your jobs sorted and finally spend the last few weeks looking for your new apartment with your new amigos from the course (you will need to do extensive drinking outside in the plazas—in the name of research of course!)
Helen will make an introduction email and they will send you photos of rooms available for your arrival date. You can choose the place you prefer and they will arrange for someone to be at the flat with keys upon your arrival. This room will be yours for a minimum of 2 months, longer if you want. The advantages of using this agent is that you only have to pay the deposit of 300€ before you arrive (others can ask for up to 1000€), it doesn’t require any bank guarantees, and you can stay as long as you like. Rooms cost 500€ per month, so 1000€ in total and there is no ‘agency finders fees’ to pay. Each flat comes with internet and a cleaner once a week for the communal areas and all the cleaning products provided to do your own space. From our experience this is the most hassle-free option available—and we’re there to help you every step of the way.
Going it alone
For those who want to come here and find somewhere completely by themselves, we recommend the following websites; the first stop should be our TtMadrid Housing Options on Facebook, as that’s where all our graduates and friends post the rooms available in their apartments. This is how you get to rent from someone who you can trust–and who will be able to help you with your homework!
Next up, we recommend the following websites:
NEVER send money before arriving. There are lots of scams, so email Helen (email@example.com) if you are not sure about what you have been offered and she will look into it for you.
Homestay Exchange Program with families in Spain
If you have budget considerations, you can cut down on living expenses through a homestay program. They will provide you with your own room, provide meals and you then speak English for 2 hours a day, Monday to Thursday, to the children in the early evening. There is no curfew and the rest of the time you are free to work, travel and visit places. All day Friday, Saturday and Sunday are all yours.
This is an opportunity for those under 30 years old from the US & Canada, UK & Ireland, Australia & New Zealand. This homestay can last as little as 2 months and go up to 6 or 9 months.
Please think carefully about doing this option during your course as you will have extensive homework and be in the school for many hours. We recommend this option for once you have finished the TEFL course.
If interested, you can contact the Founder Nino González-Aller:
Nino González-Aller — International Exchange Program Coordinator
Parabola Homestay Exchanges