As mentioned in a previous blog post, I found housing through easypiso.com. It was an incredibly resourceful website and the options were endless. Not to mention, I couldn’t be happier with my housing situation. The location, the layout, and especially my roommates are all great!
My apartment is located in a less student based area of Madrid and a more residential based area. At first, I was skeptical of this thinking I wouldn’t be close to the student scene or that I may miss out on many resources however, this was exactly the opposite. Within a half mile radius of my apartment I have a grocery store, a pastry shop, a hair cuttery, a pet store, an electronics store, multiple clothing stores, a drug store, and even chained restaurants like Burger King. Needless to say, everything and anything I could need is just a hop and a skip away. There is even a pretty good scene for night life just down the street!
In terms of my actual apartment I have to say Spaniards definitely have a way of utilizing their space. My room is probably not larger than 10 feet by 10 feet but I still feel like I have a lot of space. My bed has drawers underneath it and every corner of my room is lined with shelving. After putting all my things away and buying new things here I still have storage space to spare. One thing I did notice in many Spanish flats (with the exception of my own) was that each part of the house is in its own room. For example, when you walk in all you see is one hallway and several doors on each side, those being the bedrooms, the kitchen, the living room, the office etc. While, this may seem like a more organized approach I’ve also found it to feel less welcoming and more segregated. Luckily, my own apartment has a more open layout and has a very welcoming feel to it! The balcony where I sit and drink my coffee everyday doesn’t hurt either.
However, the best part about my entire housing experience is my roommate situation. Not only do we get along great but we are an incredibly diverse bunch. One is from Germany, another from England and the last from Spain. Together we speak around 6 different languages and combined we have traveled to 15 different countries. Learning about their cultures as well as sharing experiences of my own has been such a fun experience. The best part of all of this though is I still get to improve my Spanish because they all speak Spanish (and quite fluently).
Needless to say, I’m incredibly pleased with my housing situation here in Madrid!