If you are on an urgent assignment or you have been transferred to another city, getting an apartment for longer-term accommodation can be a stressful experience. The mistake most people make is to take up any residence they see, because of the fear of not having a place to stay. Avoid doing that, because if you do not do due diligence in identifying the right fit for a place to stay, you will end up feeling frustrated.
Options for Shorter-Term Stays
- Hotels: Hotels provide a good option for a short term stay. The kind of hotel to book will depend on your budget and the amenities you require. It is advisable to read reviews of the hotel you are considering so that you make an informed decision.
- Hostels/dormitories: If you are on a budget, getting a hostel as you look for a more stable form of accommodation will work. Most hostels just provide a place to sleep, and you will be in charge of your own cleaning and meals. If you have a piece of big luggage which you fear might get lost or stolen in a place with limited privacy, such as a dormitory, you can look for Luggage storage nearby, and check it in until you find a permanent place to stay.
- Vacation accommodation: There are providers such as Airbnb who give many options on finding a good place to stay. They come in handy for people who are looking for a larger space, such as people who are travelling with their families.
- Staying with friends: If you know a friend in the town where you have been posted, you can reach out to them and ask if they have extra room to accommodate you. When staying with friends, you have to be sure that they are in a position to host you, and that you will not be making them uncomfortable.