Okay, so here I am, the girl who thought she could never ever find an accommodation and was literally homeless, while being a first year international student… But yesterday, everything changed.

But first things first. You know that I have been looking for a room for weeks, because even the replacement lists of the dorms were full and a house on my own would be way too boring& expensive! In a WG, namely a shared-flat, it is usually about 220-320 € (~280-400$) with additional costs like electricity, heating, internet included!

Doesn’t it sound like the perfect solution to you too (after a dorm, of course) ?  So I have found this german website, which is like the facebook of the real-estate (and I mean it, everyone is there) . I have set up a profile, put pictures and details and everything and began to apply for the rooms.

Well, but finding one wasn’t that easy. Usually there are around 40 applicants applying for each room, they make appointments to meet and then look around the house. So, I was thinking what are my chances through an online application?

I have applied to about 30 offers, only half of them replied. 5 of them were telling me that the room was already taken. The other 10… well 9 of them were taken aback by my Skype-Interview offer and rejected it immediately. But as an international student who was waiting for a visa I had no chances or whatsoever to drop by before. Sadly, since no German has to deal with visas, they don’t understand this.

Actually there was one who understood the situation, and said he could at least give a try. So we ‘interviewed’ last week, and even though I had to speak German, it was better than I expected! I was pretty nervous, but even though he didn’t talk much, he was pretty friendly. He sent me photos of “could-be-yours” room, and since he didn’t prepare any questions, I asked him a lot.

Only in the end, saying he wasn’t happy asking about this, he asked if i could afford the rent. And I explained him that since I have a blocked-account, I will receive a certain amount of money every month, so it is not a problem at all. I also told them that, since I will be able to come only after September, I can send the first rent to their bank account if we agree.

Sooo, yesterday I met the other flatmate and then they told me that they had good and bad news for me… and asked me which one I’d like to hear first.

I said almost automatically “bad ones”, and they paused for a moment…looking concerned he explained to me, that THEY GOT NO BEERS LEFT.

After a burst of laughter; “Good news”, he said, “we decided to let you in, without deeper consideration.” (which actually also meant that I was their first choice, but I don’t know how to translate it)

I was so happy and surprised. I mean after that 3 painful weeks, being rejected or being simply ignored by a lot of other people… this seemed really easy.

But then when they asked why I don’t come earlier, I understood that it was really impossible to explain the visa-status to germans, and sighed.

Anyway they still accepted me!

So I am looking forward to meet them… and decorate my new room! Because my new room will be empty as a bubble!

Hi and welcome to my new blog, auslandischestudentin!

Starting from this October, I will be studying in Germany as an international student. I am called an “ausländische (=outlandish, foreign, alien) Studentin (=female form of student)” there.

But even before actually arriving to Germany, I have faced many hardships and experienced  colourful moments. I thought I’d like to share what I go through with other students like me, which leave their home countries behind for college/university.

So, if you have any tips, advices or opinions you can simply comment or e-mail me at a.studentin@gmail.com !


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