the only drawback is it’s on the edge of town, so, about 4.5 km from the center. But it looks like there’s a bus that runs till after midnight most days and there’s a supermarket right there so I think that really might be fine. And the people (aged 21, 23, and 24) seem cool and eager to have a foreigner. The rent is cheap, the house is big, it has an oven and a laundry machine and the dining/living room is actually a big sun room. The bedroom looks like it has built-in bookshelves so all I’d need is a bed and maybe a desk and dresser.
I hesitate because my original plan was to reserve at a foyer for two weeks so that I could actually go visit places. This way I don’t think I’ll pay the deposit till I get there anyway, so if it’s terrible I can change my mind. And also it means that I could move in pretty quickly, maybe spend two nights in a hotel instead of a week or two in a foyer, which is very tempting.
But the real advantage to me seems that the people are friendly and interested. I was specifically trying to avoid people who just wanted a place to crash and not actual roommates to talk to.
Also the rent is pretty darn cheap (172 euros + charges).