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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Going on an internship? Make money with your empty apartment


Internship season is well under way, and for those of you who are taking on an internship abroad or even just across your country - we have a money-making idea. Hosting on FlatClub can be very rewarding - on average, our hosts make about £1500 per booking!


Use Your Flat to Make Money During Your Internship!
While you’re away on your internship, your room is waiting empty - and you’ll probably still have to be paying rent on it! The shame of it is that a lot of interns are faced with this dilemma: they can either continue to pay rent on their apartment in their home city, or move out and lose what they’ve established at home while they go for a temporary internship.

With FlatClub, you don’t need to do either. While you’re away, your room will still be in good use; you can find someone who needs accommodation in your city on FlatClub using our LiveDemand feature. On LiveDemand, you see who is looking for accommodation on FlatClub live - it’s sort of a reverse search engine for our hosts.

What You Should Do to Prepare
At FlatClub we offer services that will make it easier for you to rent out your property while you’re away. At a bare minimum, we recommend you take advantage of our free photography service where applicable. You may also utilize our Host Premium Services if key exchange would prove difficult for you.

Keep in mind that if you’re a private host on our site you are eligible for our £500,000 Insurance Plan. You’re also free to make use of our ‘Clubs Only’ filtered search, which means that your flat will only be visible to the members of clubs that you have chosen. For instance, you can have your flat only visible to alma mater of your university, or former co-workers.

Find Your Accommodation on FlatClub
Of course, you should also book your own accommodation on FlatClub. We have rooms across the world at various price points, so make your search today.

Want More Information on Hosting?
Take a look at our previous hosting series articles:

Friday, 5 June 2015

New Office in Armenia

FlatClub continues our phenomenal growth with the opening of our new office in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia!


We've been on the map for awhile, but now - we're on the map twice.

Say "ալլո!" to our team based in Armenia.


While we may be a bit far away from each other to share those lovely biscuits & all sit around the same desk, the spirit of camaraderie between officemates remains. After receiving this lovely portrait of the Yerevan team, the London office responded in kind.


However, that's only about 50% of the London office! We're now 20 people strong in London, with an additional team of 4 in Armenia.

Want to know more about the FlatClub team? Check us all out on our About Us page. Want to join this happy bunch? We've got a few job openings in London - take a look.

Inspired to take a medium term stay somewhere in Yerevan? We can help you find apartments in Yerevan, too.

How FlatClub Can Help Students Find Accommodation

We've not just researched to find out how we can help international students; here at FlatClub we have true, personal knowledge of the issues faced by them.

When our very own Head of Online Marketing Sandra moved to France to study abroad from her native Spain, she was facing the difficult Parisian rental marketplace all alone.


What happened?

In Sandra’s case, she sent letters to lots of places - and all of them said ‘No’. Paris has lots of students coming in, and not a lot of accommodation going around - like many large cities in the world. The only other option she had was to book a hostel for a few weeks and look for a room in that period. That, however, is a lot of hassle.

Finally, she found one that said yes, however they asked for a garant, a person residing in France with a French bank account, who is willing to 'vouch' for you and make sure that your rent is paid. That’s tough when you’re a student from another country!

This is just one example of different cities varying rental customs. Some cities require massive deposits, some cities require an additional tax to be paid for being in an ‘urban zone’, and other strange rules you may not have heard before.

This is a common situation; a lot of universities don’t offer help to international students who are going abroad. They’re expected to face the difficult task of navigating the customs of rental law & custom in foreign cities, sometimes without speaking the language. So, they end up paying a lot more than they have to - or having other issues.

How can I avoid these problems?

Landlords on FlatClub are a bit more lax - they won't require the same things that landlords operating on other platforms may request. Some of the things you won't necessarily be required to provide on FlatClub but are frequently requested elsewhere include:
  1. Background Checks
  2. Proof of Employment
  3. Bank Account Statements
  4. A Guarantor (or, Garant)
  5. Statement from Former Landlord
How do you do it?
When you find a place through FlatClub, we guarantee your payment to the host. Using our unique algorithm we're even able to guarantee proof of your 'club membership', whether that's a university or company. When a host is working with us, they feel more at ease.

There’s more, too:
  • You can book your accommodation abroad, no need to leave home!
  • You can pay in monthly installments.
  • We help you find accommodation which is within commuting distance of the place you will study, work, or intern at.
  • We protect you against scammers - all payments are processed by us.
  • You have access to reviews left by previous guests.
  • We have great marketplace specialists with expansive knowledge for each city that can help you from the moment you join FlatClub, until you find something suitable for you!
Those are some of the benefits of working with FlatClub. Any unfamiliar city to you may have unfamiliar practices & customs when it comes to short or medium term rentals. We know these inside and out, and we can help you navigate through the city like a local!

8 Tips to Turn Your Internship into a Career

We are already in the heart of the summer internship period, and you know it’s never too early to look to the future. That’s why we have written this post to give you tips on how to convert your internship into a job offer.



We’ve spoken to hundreds of interns & now we can confidently bring you the top 8 points you need to focus on this summer to make yourself invaluable.

Why do I need to know this?
With hundreds of interns passing through each company every year - with a particular spike in the summer - only a handful are able to secure permanent roles.

The internship “funnel” has become the only route to a job in many companies nowadays - offices are much more likely to hire previous interns than risk an untested person.
The main tips for converting an internship into a job are:
  • Impress as many people as possible. Cast your net wide: your line manager may not be in a position to hire you after your internship, but someone else might be. Don’t forget to treat everyone with kindness - if not just because it’s the right thing to do, because it’s also smart to leave a good impression with everyone.
  • Get to know HR to find out which parts of the company are likely to have an opportunity available when you finish your internship.
  • Attach yourself to 'key' projects so the company will want to keep you around past the end of your internship. If you are tasked with a “one-off” project, be sure to make it memorable and try to connect it to an ongoing project as well.
  • Make yourself indispensable. Take work off of other people’s backs,and make some attempts at managing projects, but ease up on managing people as that may be seen as punching above your pay grade. Show that you are worth keeping, rather than the company having to train someone up to your level.
  • Make yourself desirable. Line up other opportunities (preferably with competitors) to give yourself a stronger negotiating position at the end of your internship.
  • Show genuine interest in the work of others. If you are at all interested in the day-to-day operations of someone else at the company, express that! Ask lots of questions & show engagement, if you’re shy an email is a good way to break the ice with co-workers.
  • Ask for projects that reduce work for management. Think of it this way; what can you do to help your manager go home early? Ask for projects that will make their life easier - the easier their life is with you in it, the more they will push for you to become a permanent hire. This can go hand-in-hand with showing interest. “I see you do a lot of work with KISSmetrics - can you show me how you do that, and maybe I can take some of that off your hands?”
  • Find out what you like & excel at, and own it. The more you engage with your co-workers and find out what they do, and the more projects you take on that belonged to others, the more easily you will find out what you are particularly good at - and what you enjoy! When you find that, own it. Give an update once a week on your progress in a project that you’ve created. This makes you seem like you’re already a member of the team. 
Wait, should I be making tea?
Depends on where you’re interning! Some places it’s tea, some places it’s coffee. In all honesty though, it’s not just about making drinks for people, it’s about showing a willingness to help & blend in with the work culture in a pleasant way. Follow the lead of others in the company, and if they’re kind & do little things for each other like making tea or offering sweets, then you should do the same.

If it’s not that sort of office - perhaps it’s best to not begin your career there, anyway.

Looking for an internship in London? Take a look at our Google+ page for open positions some ideas!

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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Individual Rooms: Cheaper than Sharing a Flat


Travelling with a group? It is cheaper for your group to book individual rooms in different flats, rather than a flat with two bedrooms. As it turns out, entire flats are about 40% more expensive than individual rooms.

Why are entire flats more expensive?

Entire flats & homes with multiple rooms are in high demand - for families doing holiday rentals, and corporate housing in general. Not only that, but more people in general have a spare room in their apartment or flat, rather than an entire flat available to be rented. Also, flats in big cities like London & New York are often on the small side - that means not many people at once can comfortably stay in them, anyway.

If your group is willing to separate, you can expect to pay prices similar to long-term rental rates in those cities, rather than the more expensive premium rates for holiday or short term stays.

We’ve taken a look at the data...

In London, the average price of a flat per month, per guest (assuming it’s 3 guests total) is £1635. That’s a whopping £4357 to rent an entire flat that can suit 3 - split it three ways, and it’s still quite expensive! Meanwhile, renting a single room per person is a far more manageable £846. You will pay 48% less if you book as individuals in private rooms, and you’ll get the same amount of space to yourself.

In New York, it’s much the same. The average price of an apartment split 3 ways is still $2276 in rent for each person. When you rent an individual room instead of grouping up in NYC, your monthly rent will go down to $1512.

Where is this most important?
In large cities that are popular with travelling groups, this price difference can really be seen & felt. In cities like London, Cambridge, Dublin, Zurich, and New York it’s best to rent an individual room rather than a large property to share.

So, if you are on a budget & travelling as a group, it’s a real money saver to rent individual rooms rather than one large property. Besides, it may mean that you get to meet some new people as well!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Late May Bank Holiday - Fun in London

Bank Holiday Weekend - May 23rd to 25th

This weekend there are tons of things going on in London. Enjoy the sunshine & have some fun at one of these events! Leave us a comment with what your plans are; who knows, we may just see you at one of these locations.

Alchemy at Southbank Centre - On until May 25th, this festival celebrates all things South Asian. There will be plenty of art exhibits, films, talks, and food being served up to all comers. Many of the events are free, and Kerb is providing food through it's vast network of traders. We can personally vouch for Dosa Deli, Ice Kitchen, and World of Zing for an Asian-inspired aged cocktail!


South London Vintage Kilo Sale - This is one amazing sale for a vintage lover. Bring a bag, fill it with a kilo's worth of retro garb from the 70s and 80s, pay £15 for the lot and then walk out. That's it! What a deal for someone who knows how to make vintage pieces really work.

Summer Tales - This weekend is the opening dates of Summer Tales on Old Street. Expect great street food from vendors like Bonnie Gull, Burger & Lobster, and more - not to mention a few different tropical themed bars. Whether the weather stays nice or not, you'll get a good summer vibe here with DJs playing through the night & lots of excellent food and company.

The Line - Walk along a path between the O2 & Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to find new sculptures by artistic luminaries such as Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, and many more. All free, and all illuminated by night as well. It's a great stroll along that will remind you of what makes London such a world class city.

Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea - Coral reefs are an unknown for many of us, something beautiful that we take for granted. Learn more about how these reefs are not only beautiful, but incredibly important to the environment & to human beings alike.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

How to Get a Summer Internship

Summer is approaching fast - are you looking for an internship to occupy your time during the school break? We have some tips on how to find a summer internship & how to prepare yourself for it!

Image courtesy of Cris Pierry, via Flickr
Find a Summer Internship with a Big Company

Chances are good that your university organizes a ‘career’ or ‘job’ fair every year, so make sure that you’ve got your calendar marked and set aside. These are very useful & organized events that bring together potential interns (you) and potential employers (big corporations with a presence nearby). Finding a job through one of these fairs generally is the easiest & most stress-free way to go about landing your internship - however, you’re not guaranteed an internship just for showing up.

Make sure that you’re dressed to impress & keen to engage with the people at the booth for each company. Genuine interest makes just about as big of a difference as talent, and in an initial meeting like a career fair, your personality & conversation is the only thing that can set you apart.

Looking for something outside of your uni? Check out prospects.ac.uk for UK internship listings. In the USA, you may find some on the websites of individual companies & on internships.com.

Find a Summer Internship at a Startup

If you’d like to work at a startup - we can vouch for it as a great choice - there are a few different websites that can help you find an up-and-coming company looking for interns! In the UK, the best one is workinstartups.com.

If you’re located in the US and would like to stay there, angel.co has tons of options in Silicon Valley & New York, with a smattering of companies located elsewhere. It also lists European & UK startups, so it’s a good place to look in general. Tyba has listings in Europe & the UK.

Need somewhere to stay? Well, we here at FlatClub are happy to help with that, as you might guess. Search for yourself or add your criteria to our LiveDemand service & start receiving offers from our hosts.

We’ve also created a few articles that can help you jump start your search & give you a bit more information:

5 Articles to Help Interns