I would like to share with you my “Parisian Housing Adventure”.
Everything started on January 2011 when I was selected for an internship at UNESCO, Paris. In order to get informed, I started call friends and the information I was receiving from them was quite different from what I was expecting, expectation that were so different because of having lived in Denmark (2nd most expensive country in the World, right after Norway) and for having thought that there is not possible to be impressed by living costs of other (at least) European country, but of course, CAPITALS ARE CAPITALS!. It took me a few moments to reorder all my mental schemes and to start looking for an apartment.
I was lucky enough to be helped by Spanish, French and Romanian friends that were living in Paris with useful links, special social networks, and the results were as they follow:
February - 2011 I lived in a Spanish friend’s, 30 m2 flat. (for free!)
March - July 2011 - A French friend helped me renting one of her father’s many apartments in Paris, 25 m2 (750 euro/month). I started to look for another apartment given that in this one, winter it would’ve been quite FROZEN
August - December 2011 - I found a French guy looking for a flat mate, in his 55 m2 3 rooms apart. (650/month, all included, quite a deal)
January 2012 - I lived (for free!) with a Romanian friend in his little tiny flat given for almost one month. I was too confident that in one month I would find an apartment (because of the luck I had in the two previous occasions).
January 2012 - I finally found a nice 30 m2 flat, for me ONLY, BUT starting with March and UNTIL September 2012, I went lived in other friend’s house for one month.
Now September is coming and I will have to move all my stuff FOR THE 7th time in 17th month time.
This is my Parisian Housing adventure until now and it doesn’t stop here! But, it would’ve been so much hard without all this friends, that other day I helped in different ways. So
Do GOOD and GOOD is what you will get! … at least most of the time