Anyone got any tips for getting round the needing a bank account to rent a flat but needing an address to have a bank account?

This question was asked on 2nd September 2014 and has been read 1478 times.

  • Anonymous Answer · 7 years ago

    I got my bank account first and used my schools address for that, then I used  my bank and my schools address on the rental agreement for the flat. I updated them to the official address of my flat afterwards. 

  • Lauren Stevens · 7 years ago

    I was in Spain and for some reason I managed to organise accommodation without a bank account. You can always use a friend's address (some of my friends used mine) or the organisation's where you will be.

    I think there's only so much you can do until you actually arrive. Depending on your bank, the commission isn't always so bad to take money out of a cash machine using an English card, and I paid my deposit and first month's rent doing that. Once you get there, find a hotel if you haven't got accommodation already and I would suggest focusing on getting a bank account. Finding accommodation often depends on knowing the right people and that may take time. Sorting out my residency and bank was the most stressful part for me.

    Through being given the contact details of a friend of a friend of one of my English language assistant predecessors in Melilla in Spain, I was lucky enough to be able organise accommodation before arriving. I was careful and asked for some photos of the flat beforehand and had several conversations with my future house mate. From seeing the photos and speaking to her, I felt like I would be happy living there. It's not always easy, reliable or cheap to find a place to live online, especially in a small place like Melilla. As Melilla is so small, information isn't always posted online and news is often spread by word of mouth, so it's worth asking around. It may be easier to just book a hotel. Its not the end of the world if you have to live there for a few days and chances are someone who you meet will know someone looking for a flat mate. If not, try the student residence.

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