Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: A room exchange
This is the ideal choice for short-term accomadation. Its personal, you get to see the place before you take it and you can make it your own. As long as you leave it the way you found it there should be no problems. Another major advantage is that you don't have to sign contracts, it is mostly done on wom, recommendations and trust and it also seems to work. I would definetly go this way, if I were to do it again. Altough the arranged accomadation was great at the time, if I were to go back now I would be more experienced into the German accomadation prices and environment. What you do want to avoid is over-priced and heavy real estate fees apartments. Instead use your contacts that you have. Also East Germany, or the former east germany accomadation prices are alot cheaper than western prices.
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