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Scoring an internship is hard enough. But if your internship is located far away, it may be difficult to find housing. Here’s 3 resources you can use to find affordable living in new areas after you land an internship!
1) Airbnb It
That’s right. What better way to celebrate your newfound job than sleep in a stranger’s house for a few months? If you haven’t heard of the startup that’s been making headlines over the past few years, Airbnb is a service that lets people rent out their homes to strangers for short increments of time. This means if you need lodging for a few days before you’re ready to move into an apartment, Airbnb’s your best friend!
2) College Housing
If your internship’s located near a college campus, that college’s housing is a great place to look. Just like during the school year, it’ll be more expensive than renting out a house or apartment, but it’s easy, reliable, and consistent. BUT if you go through a student and sublease his/her room, you can get amazing deals. A great way to find students subleasing is to join that college’s student-run “Housing Rentals/Leases” Facebook group. From there it’s easy to find someone who’s interested in subleasing to you for a cheap price. In fact, that’s what I did for my internship and found a VERY reasonable price for renting an apartment.
While being infamous for a variety of exchanges gone wrong, Craigslist can be a great way to find affordable temporary housing for internships. With its comprehensive search features, it’s easier than searching through a Facebook group for housing. What you DO need to be wary of are scams and unsafe conditions. Craigslist can be very inexpensive, but you need to make sure you know who’s leasing you the apartment/room. Take cautionary measures and you’ll be good go!