How to find digital nomad accommodation
The digital nomad lifestyle is full of adventure and fun, except for when it comes to housing. Finding affordable accommodation that suits your needs can be one of the biggest struggles of the lifestyle. Being a digital nomad means constantly moving around, so you must find a new place to live. We all hope the new apartment or house will be perfect for us, but it takes some digging to find the right one.
Check out our guide on finding digital nomad accommodation so you can stop the stress and head to your next city. We review each of the eight digital nomads has options for short-term or long-term rentals.
Facebook Marketplace is a great tool for long-term rentals at local prices. You can search in pretty much any city worldwide and specify the minimum or maximum price, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the type of accommodation, and the size in square feet or square meters. This platform is especially helpful when staying somewhere your home currency is more valuable than the local currency. For example, you can rent an apartment in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for around $40,000 pesos per month, just over $200.
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Also, on Facebook are different housing and rental groups in various locations. You can find sublets, short/long-term rentals, house shares, and more. You can also post what you are looking for in these groups to see if any members have what you might need. You must search “housing in X city” and see which results come up. You will likely have more luck with this option in larger cities like Paris, New York, Milan, or other top digital nomad cities.
Facebook groups are also great places to meet fellow nomads outside of finding accommodation. Search for digital nomads in your area to make new friends.
Arguably one of the most popular platforms among digital nomads is Airbnb. Airbnb comes with a lot of benefits for nomads. You are less likely to experience scams, as Airbnb is vigilant in verifying hosts. You can read reviews from fellow travelers to learn more about the space.
However, the main benefit is the discounts for long-term bookings. Some hosts provide a weekly discount for bookings of seven nights or more. Most hosts provide even bigger discounts for monthly stays. For example, we stayed in Torino, Italy, for one month and got 62% off the total price. By taking advantage of these discounts, you can significantly reduce your nightly cost of accommodation.
TrustedHousesitters is a way to travel the world on a budget by being a house or a pet sitter for people out of town. There is a $119 annual fee for house sitters, but this is more than made back after a free accommodation trip or two. There are members in 130 countries, so you can find accommodation anywhere. All you have to do is take care of the pets and home for the owner while they are away. The platform offers background checks free of charge, as well as insurance protection against theft or property damage.
This is also a great platform for nomads that have pets but are leaving their homes and cannot bring their pets with them.
Anyplace offers month-long or longer stays in furnished apartments that are specifically designed for remote workers. Each property on Anyplace has been checked and verified to represent an accurate listing. You can find entire apartments, co-living spaces, and hostels, so there is something for every kind of digital nomad. Once you choose a place you would like to live, you fill out an application and Anyplace completes a complementary credit and background check. You then move in and start working or exploring. Each property offers high speed Wi-Fi, which is of huge importance to remote workers.
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For European accommodation, SpotAHome takes the cake. This platform is a way to connect renters with landlords in a secure environment. Spotahome pre-verifies landlord listings for you. Then you request to book, and if the landlord approves, your payment gets charged by SpotAHome, and the landlord receives the payment 48 hours after you move in. You sign a contract and pay a deposit, and once you are settled into your new home, the landlord is the main point of contact.
The benefit here is that Spotahome checks every property, so you know you can trust what you are seeing online. They also offer protection against fraud and last-minute cancellations by the landlord, going so far as to pay for your hotel costs if you get canceled. At the time of writing, the top cities were in Spain, Portugal, and Italy, but we anticipate the platform growing quickly.
Nomad Stays is another platform designed specifically for remote workers. Nomad Stays offers instant booking, Wi-Fi, and transparent pricing. On top of that, their listing offer workspaces within their recommended properties, attached to the property, or nearby. There are currently 179 locations in 63 countries but will likely continue to grow as the digital nomad lifestyle is rising in popularity. They proudly say they are “Built by Nomads for Nomads,” so you can trust that the types of places fit your needs.
When you click on a suggested city, Nomad Stays brings you to a page that gives you a wealth of helpful information. You will find the weather, annual events, things to do, and the different available properties. Nomads know what other nomads are looking for and want to know about a destination, which is the greatest benefit of Nomad Stays.
Co-living spaces or hostels are more for short-term accommodation, but they are great ways to meet fellow travelers. If you are on a strict budget and do not mind living with roommates or having a shared living space, this is a great way to see the world. Hostel World is an online platform similar to Airbnb but specifically for booking hostels worldwide. Hostels can vary from dorm rooms with bunk beds and shared bathrooms to private rooms and baths.
Digital Nomad Accommodation
There are a variety of different platforms that digital nomads can use to find accommodation. It all depends on what you are looking for and how long you plan to stay in your chosen destination. You can find everything from budget hostels to luxurious apartments on these platforms, so do your research and book one that meets your specific needs.
Regardless of where you travel, it’s important to look into visa requirements for each location. Check out our detailed list of digital nomad visas worldwide and visit our Visa Wizard to determine which digital nomad visas you’re eligible for.