FINDING AN ACCOMMODATION – Short term stay and avoid scamming!

Hello guys! 🤗

After a (quick) introduction to myself, here is my story in finding an accommodation for a SHORT TERM. I’ve struggled guys, for real.

I’ve visited many many (many) websites, I’ve even paid for one! (Kamernet) It did not help me at all, I did not find anything on these website, because every rental contracts were for at least a year.

I could find 2 or 3 rooms on one website though, but it was unfurnished and a bit over my budget (400 to 600€ per month).

I’ve started to join 3 or 4 Facebook groups and literally sent messages to everyone, and activated the notification to receive every single new post.

Luckily, I have found a room and I would never ever thanks Marika enough for letting me sub-rentingrenting her room.

My room is a student room, and I’m sharing the appartment with 3 other students. The rent is even lower than the budget I’ve settled! It’s 20 min walk from SBE (and yes I am going to walk! Playing Pokemon Go makes it so much funnier). My room is 22 meters square and I have everything I need!

I’ve found this room only few weeks before arriving in Maastricht.

I did a Skype visit as I was on holidaysI did not have much options! And fortunately, everything went well. I was pretty anxious about that because I’ve been scammed in Australia… and quite a big amount of money…

Here are some of my tips to recognize it and avoid it!

From my experience, first of all the room / apparement has an appealing price for its location.

Scammers send you very long messages, not always making a lot of sense…

They explain you the reason why you can’t visit the room… Never accept a room you can’t visit, you need at least to see it through Skype so you know it’s real!

They ask for a high deposit, usually the deposit is plus or less 1 month rent, up to 2 months for long rent BUT NO MORE.

To sum up, be extremely careful with scamming, I know it is truly hard to find short term accommodation but don’t be too seduced by too appealing offers…

Your best chance are certainly Facebook groups, by subrenting someone else’s rent because (s)he is going away for an exchange as well or for an internship!

Good luck ✨🔑🚪

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INTRODUCTION TO MYSELF

Hi guys! 🤗

I’m a French exchange student for the coming fall semester at Maastricht University! More particularly at SBE (School of Business and Economics)

My name is My-Hanh but you can call me Cassie so you don’t misspell my name! By the way, all my social media are under the name of Cassie (it’s a long story, back in the time when I was a gamer).

I have Vietnamese backgrounds (I do speak Vietnamese as well) and I’m turning 20 on September 13th! (Celebrating my birthday in Netherlands, isn’t it exciting?!)

I’m so excited to write on the school’s blog about my experience / life / adventure (can’t find the word I actually wanted to use) during this Erasmus!

Few (or quite a bit actually) more words about me:

I’m from Paris (actually I’m from a place closed to Disneyland Paris) and my home university is Emlyon business school (better known as EMLYON). I’m in my 3rd year of Global BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration).

I have 3 other Emlyon students with me! 2 are from Paris as well, another one is from St Etienne campus.

I’m an only-child, but I have / had many animals. Currently, I have 2 female dogs, named Tina and Chloe!

To be honest, SBE wasn’t my 1st choice, it was my second and I was pretty sure to have my 1st choice so I didn’t really paid attention about what I’ve put after. However I don’t think I am going to regret it and one good thing about Maastricht is it’s pretty closed from Paris and actually from other countries which made it easy to travel around and go back home sometimes!

For period 1, I chose Marketing Strategy and Practice and Mobilising resources for entrepreneurial start-up and growth.

For period 2, I chose Global supply chain management and I am still hesitating between Brand management and Job performance & the employment relationship.

Finally, for period 3 (skills training) I chose Creativity and concept development.

I don’t know exactly what I want to do after my studies but I don’t think I am going to do any master!

I have a lot of hobbies! I am kind of passionate about everything that touches Arts, especially theatre arts (dance, music, circus shows, drama…) and cinema! 🎬🎵🎶🎭🤹🏻‍♀️🎪🎟

I’ve been focusing on music for some years, I’m playing the piano, the guitar, I’ve been singing as well, playing in some bands and choir, writing my own songs, doing concerts… Also started to learn how to play drums and even brought a drum kit on an impulse! 🎤🎹🎸🥁🎫

Now I am currently focusing on dance! I’ve started with ballet, went through hip hop, new style, dancehall and so on, ended with developing a passion for every girly dance styles! It helps me having confidence, honestly seeing me IRL and dancing looks like I am 2 different persons!

Currently focused on pole dance 💪🏻 Would love to teach it somedays! 👯‍♀️

Already teaching and dancing for ELGO DANCE, check it out on YouTube! 😋👠💃🏻

📲 Follow us on Instagram: @Elgo_Community (because I DO manage it! 🤣)

Besides that I am quite enjoying doing sports as well! But that is going to be a topic of one of my coming articles 😉👟

STAY TUNED!