Maria, from IE
When I first came to Madrid I wasn’t sure where I was going to stay. Starting a new chapter of my life, especially in a new city, can always be hard. I already knew a few people that go to my university, but most of them were much older and close to graduating. When I asked them for possible apartment options, they suggested I go to a residence instead, in order to get to know people.
After I did some research and talked to a few people, I found myself looking at Wunderhouse.
Initially, I was looking to find something close to university, but I saw that the metro connections to get to university from Wunderhouse were quick and easy.
The area, Chueca, also seemed fantastic to live in: cool restaurants, bars, friendly people and shops for everything at walking distance.
I finally decided to get a room at Wunderhouse, for several reasons.
One thing especially made me choose a residence over an apartment: bills and other maintenance issues. Getting an apartment on your own, especially in big cities, can be lots of work: finding one that you like, with a suitable price, in the right area. And there are so many more doubts that come with it: are the bills included? Will I have to set up my own WiFi? How will I know who to contact every time the boiler doesn’t work or the heating stops?
Another topic for me was the issue of the length of the contract. Most apartments only permit minimum one-year contracts, while here at the residence the contract only lasts for the academic year, so I don’t have to spend money in the summer when I’m not in Madrid!
Last, but certainly not least: the thing I was most excited about was being able to quickly meet people and make friends. In fact, after living here for a year, my favorite thing still is that you always have someone to spend time with. Whether it’s just cooking a meal together in the kitchen, or hanging out together in the common areas, or even having a group of people you can count on for going out together. The nicest thing is that it takes no effort to hang out with people, there is no need to make plans because you always bump into them no matter what.
And then, once I’ll get an apartment on my own, I’ll have met the right people here to do it with!