- Advantages of an Apartment for Yourself
- You can live alone, decorate the place to your own taste, enjoy freedom of movement and privacy. It is your refuge, you can stay at home all weekend, invite who you want, keep pets, enjoy the silence of a monastery or make all the noise you want and throw huge parties. During the week you can teach privates in your living room, do Skype classes, have parents, relatives, acquaintances, travel friends, or friends from back home stay on your couch. Your girl or boyfriend can sleep over, or maybe you already have a steady couple or live with your husband or wife. If you’re a very neat and tidy person, nobody’s around to create disharmony. If you feel more at home in disorder and chaos, nobody’s around to get on your case. The kitchen is all yours to cook up a storm, with nothing and nobody to get in your way. You make all the decisions, cause you’re the boss and your “house is your castle and your keep!”
- Disadvantages of an Apartment for Yourself
- 1. Cost: 650-1250+ Euros/month.
– Apartments from a small mini-studio of 20 m2 (66 ft2) to a bigger place of up to 50m2 (164 ft2) will range in cost from 650-1250+ Euros/month.
- 2. It requires two or more deposits up front with the first months’ rent.
- 3. You have to pay extra monthly wifi, electricity and water bills.
- 4. Renters often ask you for proof of employment from your employer and a monthly earnings statement (because Canterbury English employs you, we can give this letter to you).
- 5. You usually need to sign a year’s lease.
- 6. Whole apartments are harder to find than a room in an apartment, so the apartment hunt takes longer.
- 7. Cost of expenses for extra furniture and appliances that you want.
- 8. You will have to clean the whole place yourself or pay a cleaning person.
- 9. Often you have to pay to repair things that the owner doesn’t/won’t fix.
- 10. Because you have a year’s lease, you need to keep paying rent in the summer.
CANTERBURY ENGLISH RECOMMENDS
- With all that said, we recommend that as the best and least expensive option: you organize a room for yourself before you arrive in Madrid (see the websites below). You can also stay in a hostel (we will send you a CE recommended list) for your first week or two and look for a room yourself (using the websites below and going in person to see the room). This way, depending on the options that you find, you can chose best what fits your budget and personal preferences. If you are doing the TEFL course and you don’t have a room set up before you arrive, we recommend you arrive at least a week before to find your room, because you will be really busy during the course. If you are doing the Madrid Lifestyle program you could arrive a few days early or even the day before orientation.
- You can also look for an apartment with classmates from the Canterbury English program, so as an example, you split the 1000 Euros for a full apartment three ways. This means we give you three Canterbury English proof of employment letters and proof of earnings certificates, which will guarantee you the place that you want is yours. Also, you’ll be living with friends, who are going through exactly the same process as you are. What more could you ask for!
DO IT ON YOUR OWN!
- WEBSITES AVAILABLE:
- CATEGORY 1: ROOM RENTING WEBSITES FOR STUDENTS (Available in English and Spanish, except for Badi) CLICK THE LINKS BELOW FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
- CATEGORY 2: WEBSITES FOR APARTMENTS & ROOMS FOR NON-STUDENTS AND STUDENTS (Available in English and Spanish, except for Mil Anuncios) CLICK THE LINKS BELOW FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
- CATEGORY 3: REAL ESTATE AGENCY WEBSITE (300-400 € in fees, but easier (they do the appartment hunting work) CLICK THE LINKS BELOW FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
- CATEGORY FOUR: CITY LIFE MADRID
- This company offers free services such as:
- housing, cell phone plans and internet, public transportation card, open a new bank account, medical assistance, Empadronamiento and NIE-TIE, and many more.
The address: Calle Gran Via 22 – Duplicado, 2nd Floor, 28013 Madrid, Spain.
Example 1: Housing, once you fill the form, you will get emails of accommodation offers based on our budget. (A teacher says: “I didn’t follow up on the accommodation offers I got in the emails, because I got the room from the information on the Canterbury English website”.
- Example 2: Cell Phone: Simply fill the form on their website, and come to their office to pick the cell phone (which teachers do once they arrived in Madrid.)
NOTE: If you live with a host family, they will probably cover most of your expenses so it’s a great option for young people who enjoy working with children. However, CANTERBURY ENGLISH does not provide host families arragements, but we will definitely accomodate to your personal timetable!
- We wish you all the best of luck in room or apartment hunting!