… aka. hell week.
This is another week that we’ll be keeping things short, sweet, and casual, here at Leave on the Wind.
Why? Because on top of my first days (kind of) at my internship and scrambling to finish my dissertation (thank God it’s finished), I have had to pack up my life, clean my old rented room, and high-tale it out to the other end of London right in the middle of the rest of my suddenly very hectic life.
In the process of finding a new place to rent, I looked at a few different renters sites to get a feel of the market and then pick my next home for the next four-ish months.
And, oh my God, were some of these places scary – and that’s just the websites!
After my searching, I landed on AirBnB and this is a site I can really recommend.
While, like any site on the internet, there are a few listings that made me skeptical, the proportion of sketchy to easily livable or outright lovely compared to every other site were tremendously improved.
What makes renting through AirBnb so great comes down to a few simple points:
- The website is exceedingly easy to navigate – you get to set your specific parameters from cost to time needed to rent to type of let to pretty much anything that you might need to consider.
- The places are certified – what you see is really what you get, and with (generally) clear pictures, you can count on these rentals even if you aren’t in a place where you can physically go and check the room out before paying for it.
- Everything goes through the website – you are told to never directly pay the person who owns the room but to go through the site. This is great in case something goes wrong because the company can come in as an intermediary. This is equally helpful if you end up having a problem with the letter, such as things not living up to the agreement, the company can be contacted.
On the down side, during busy season like August into September when schools are coming back and new students are flooding into the city and old ones, like me, are scrambling for last minute housing as they wrap everything up, spaces can go very quickly so you don’t always have time to sit around and consider your options. If you take too long, the places you like will not stay around!
In the end, I’m going to be staying in two rentals I picked through this sight. The first is a studio I’m splitting with a friend until she heads back home and I wait for location 2 (a private room rental in another studio/warehouse setup) to be free.
Once I get a feel for both of these locations (and my life more under control), I might give a little bit more on this whole process, which should be wrought with pain, adventure and hilarity but until then:
Be safe, travel well, and I will be back, same place, same time, next week… if I survive it:
This is Leave on the Wind, helping you soar.
Ps. and if you have any great stories on moving, feel free to share them below; make me laugh or share my pain, I’d love to hear them!