Teaching English in Colombia: How to find an apartment in Bogota
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Bogota is a large city with over 10 million living in its boundaries. Bogota is separated into different neighbourhoods and each has good and bad aspects which makes it difficult to decide on the best place to live whilst working teaching English in Colombia.
For a guide to the neighbourhoods of Bogota, check out this article which will give you details of each neighbourhood. In this article you will discover how to find an apartment or room in Bogota and where to start looking.
The first thing to decide is the type of accommodation to stay in as there are a number of options:
- Renting a room (cheaper than apartment, good way to make friends and occasionally furnished)
- Renting an apartment individually or with a group of friends (sometimes unfurnished and can be expensive depending on the area).
The second question is furniture- do you own any? Do you want to purchase furniture (maybe a good idea for long term renting)? Or are you going to pay a little extra and have a furnished apartment or room while you are teaching English in Colombia?
Searching for a room:
There are a number of ways to search for an individual room in an apartment while teaching English in Colombia (this tends to be the cheapest option, although it’s not ideal for everyone). Facebook groups are a good way to search for rooms and many, such as ‘Arriendos Bogota‘, ‘Bogota Short Term Rentals‘ and ‘Expat, people travelling to Bogota, Colombia,’ are very useful. Within these groups, individuals advertise rooms for rent all over the city and occasionally you can find reasonable rooms on Air BnB, or renters who go by the month. Comparto Apto is a useful website to use while searching for a room; it’s a professional website where individuals create adverts for roommates. You can chat to renters through the site and set up meetings to find your perfect home while teaching English in Colombia.
Useful Tip: Beware of scammers, there are a large number of people on the internet wanting to scam you out of your hard earned money. Always visit the apartment and owner/renter before agreeing to anything. Use common sense, if anything seems skeptical about a person you are properly correct.
Searching for an Apartment:
While on the Facebook groups you do occasionally find apartments, you are more likely to find rooms. For long term apartment rentals Finca Raiz or Metro Cuadrado are both good websites to search for apartments in your desired location and price range. Usually these apartments come with one year rental contracts, so if you are planning on staying in Bogota long term then this would be a good option to go with. Internations is a free to sign up, around the world expat connecting website that allows individuals to meet other expats in their city. Internations’ forum can also be useful when searching for apartments as expats use it to advertise for roommates or for others to rent or take over their apartment, while teaching English in Colombia.
Useful Tip: When renting an individual room in someone else’s apartment beware of scammer trying to charge you a deposit: it is against the law in Colombia for private renters to charge deposits to individuals.
Written by: Anny Wooldridge