We are an online platform, which provides a flat rent opportunity for exchange students from different countries. Our main customers are Erasmus students, who come to another country for a short period of time to study. The platform is created in order to simplify the accommodation and adaptation experience of international students by providing them with the place to find the flat for a short rental period, job opportunities and discounts for English speaking services.
Erasmus students come from different countries and represent different cultures. The goal of traveling to another country is to meet new people, cities and relax through parties, travels and various events. Before arriving at a new place, students are looking for a flat and then later they equip their new "home" with the needed furniture and stuff. In the first days, they experience euphoria from what is happening, but soon, along with euphoria, the first difficulties that have to be solved appear. One of these problems is to adapt to the new place and culture of the country - in such moments, students need the greatest support and help. The best way to distract yourself from the cultural shock is to explore the new environment and start making new friendships on events and parties.
Typically, Erasmus students have a limited budget and try to find rooms in the shared flat for rent to reduce accommodation costs, which is one of the biggest costs during the program. According to our survey, 56% of students spend the majority of their scholarships for housing, and 40% of students use the entire scholarship for the same purposes. An additional cost for some students is the commission for the agency that Erasmus students pay to find a place to live. Huge expenses on rent result from the lack of language skills, high renting prices for foreigners and a small market for English-speaking owners.