Zoe Warshaw, Jul 16th 2014, 10:38
Idealista.com is definitely the best website to use when looking for accommodation in Spain. There is also Fotocasa.es which was quite helpful, and EasyPiso as well, except you have to pay for that one in order to see anything at all other than the photos. I lived in Madrid last year, and Idealista was definitely the best option.
Florence Robson, Jul 28th 2014, 18:01 Verified Guru
I agree with Zoe's website recommendations - Idealista.com was definitely my favourite! However, don't panic if you can't find anything before you get to Spain. I found a flat on my first afternoon in Madrid by walking around the city and calling the numbers pinned onto lamp posts in the area I liked. You need to be a little bit brave, but this is a normal practice in Spain and you can find some great apartments if you're lucky! If you're really stuck, you can also pay an agency a fee to help you find somewhere. I would say to only do this as a last resort, however, because it can get quite expensive. Lastly, check out some Erasmus Madrid and Language Assistants Madrid Facebook pages. Sometimes people post flats on there!
Ethan R Wilkinson, Sep 2nd 2014, 16:25
As I went with my wife, we wanted to sort accommodation out before we arrived. We actually ended up using www.airbnb.co.uk which is usually used for short-term city breaks and holidays etc, but occasionally you get people that rent out their places for longer terms.
You pay a fee (unless you negotiate outside of AirBNB) but you receive their guarantee and a load of other useful things.
It worked out really well for us as all bills were included and the place was fully furnished, including bedding, towels, kitchen and bathroom stuff etc. We didn't need anything apart from our clothes!
Lauren Stevens, Sep 15th 2014, 11:11
Don't worry about whether you have somewhere to live. Through being given the contact details of a friend of a friend of one of my English language assistant predecessors in Melilla, I was lucky enough to be able organise accommodation before arriving. I was careful and asked for some photos of the flat beforehand and had several conversations with my future house mate. From seeing the photos and speaking to her, I felt like I would be happy living there. It's not always easy, reliable or cheap to find a place to live online (If you want to try, for Spain I would suggest Mil Anuncios), especially in a small place like Melilla. As Melilla is so small, information isn't always posted online and news is often spread by word of mouth, so it's worth asking around. It may be easier to just book a hotel. Its not the end of the world if you have to live there for a few days and chances are someone who you meet will know someone looking for a flat mate. If not, try the student residence.