I know that the research for a room/accommodation can become a real headache, so from this blog I am presenting the best options to find accommodation in Spain, from the top websites to visit with a recommendation on how you should act.

For the impatient, I leave here a blog summary although I recommend you read it all to understand what you can find in each of the listing websites.

Oh, and another thing, this Blog is not sponsored, nor have I received any commission or payments, the information is based on my analysis and conclusions 馃檪

I don鈥檛 want to pay fees/commissions
馃弳Badi
馃Idealista
馃Fotocasa

I don鈥檛 mind paying fees/commissions
馃弳Spotahome
馃Housing Anywhere

I鈥檓 moving to a small city (70-100K pp)
馃弳Idealista
馃Fotocasa
馃Badi

Listing Websites in which you will not pay commissions

1. Idealista

Spanish portal 馃嚜馃嚫
We can say that Idealista is the main website for the purchase/sale and rental of accommodation in Spain.It is the best option if you want to find accommodation in a small city in Spain. Its design is not that it is the most attractive or the most functional to start searching for rooms, but it presents a greater amount of these than the other main portal in Spain, Fotocasa.

The website (not the room announcements) is available in the following languages:
馃嚞馃嚙聽 聽 聽 馃嚛馃嚜聽 聽 聽 馃嚠馃嚬聽 聽 聽 馃嚝馃嚪
馃嚨馃嚬聽 聽 聽 馃嚫馃嚜聽 聽 聽 馃嚦馃嚤聽 聽 聽 馃嚪馃嚭
馃嚝馃嚠聽 聽 聽 馃嚨馃嚤聽 聽 聽 馃嚪馃嚧聽 聽 聽 馃嚛馃嚢

* In addition, they are starting to offer service in Italy and Portugal, so … if you know a friend who wants to go to one of these two countries, this information may interest you 馃槈

Examples of room searches (08/20/2019)
1. Sample example of Madrid -> 1.429 rooms
2. Sample example of Barcelona -> 5.049 rooms
3. Sample example of Gand铆a -> 22 rooms
4. Sample example of Alcoy -> 28 rooms

pros

路 Big amount of listings

路 No fees. Idealista does not take commission of management expenses or any other type.

cons

路 Do not book early. I do not recommend paying in advance as a reservation, there are many scams, for that there are the portals that we will see below, that in turn you have some management expenses such as Spotahome, Housing Anywhere, Erasmusu, etc.

路 Start searching. I recommend that on the homepage you scroll and start searching through “Free Text Search”. It is much more convenient and faster than the option offered at the beginning.

2. Badi

Web/app dedicated to room rental. It is the best option if you want to find accommodation in Spain without paying commissions. Its main feature is that it does not have commission expenses in addition to being sure that the owner will not be admitted until you give the approval, a service for which they usually charge commissions. They also offer a great description of the owner/person who rents the room.

The website is also available in the following languages:
馃嚞馃嚙聽 聽 聽 馃嚜馃嚫聽 聽 聽 馃嚠馃嚬聽 聽 聽 馃嚝馃嚪
馃嚛馃嚜聽 聽 聽 馃嚦馃嚤

Examples of room searches (20/08/2019)
* Badi website does not determine the number of rooms in each city, therefore no comparison can be made.

pros

Trust. It allows you to know the users who rent the room (owner or other partner) in a very described way:
Picture, character, lifestyle, Description of the person, etc.

They do not charge commissions. The truth is that I have done 10 tests and in 10 the “Service Fee” of Badi is 鈧 0. I cannot say with 100% certainty that they do not charge commissions but it seems that it does not.

路 Security. Like other platforms, the payment is made 48 hours after your date of entry and also has verified users.

路 Make reservation with time. Unlike my recommendation with Idealista and Fotocasa, having the confidence that the owner will not receive the income until you arrive at the house, it does not matter if you make the reservation much more in advance

cons

路 They have no rooms in small cities. At the moment, users in small cities are not as active in uploading rooms as in large cities.

3. Fotocasa

Spanish website 馃嚜馃嚫
Fotocasa is with Idealista the two most important real estate portals in Spain. It presents a smaller number of rooms in all the cities in front of Idealista, therefore do not expect to obtain great results in small cities.

The website is also available in the following languages:
馃嚞馃嚙聽 聽 聽 馃嚜馃嚫聽 聽 聽 馃嚛馃嚜

Examples of room searches (08/20/2019)
1. Sample example of Madrid: 349 rooms
2. Sample example of Barcelona: 489 rooms
3. Sample example of Gand铆a: 7 rooms
4. Sample example of Alcoy: 9 rooms

pros

路 No fees. Fotocasa does not take any commission.

路 Easy and intuitive. Faster, easier and therefore comfortable than Idealista to perform searches day by day.

cons

路 Lower number of rooms vs Idealista

路 Do not book early. The same happens as in the case of Idealista, it is not advisable since there is no intermediary company.

4. Erasmusu

In all likelihood you will know it more by its forum (by the way very useful), in which you can find a lot of experiences and information for your Erasmus. Currently, and for a few years, they are also dedicated to helping students find accommodation.

The website is also available in the following languages:
馃嚞馃嚙聽 聽 聽 馃嚛馃嚜聽 聽 聽 馃嚠馃嚬
馃嚝馃嚪聽 聽 聽 馃嚜馃嚫聽 聽 聽 馃嚨馃嚬
馃嚨馃嚤聽 聽 聽 馃嚬馃嚪聽 聽 聽 馃嚦馃嚤

Examples of room searches (08/20/2019)
*The Erasmusu website does not determine the number of rooms in each city, therefore no comparison can be made.

pros

路 Most of the listings do NOT have management fees, however, some of them redirects you to Spotahome and these ones charge fees.

路 Erasmusu acquired by Spotahome. It can help you have more confidence in them.

路 Verified floors. Supposedly already reviewed by members of the Erasmusu team.

cons

路 You do not have the opportunity to search by map

路 Design doesn’t make it easy for you either. It does not generate the greatest trust, you have to open the ads one by one to see if it is the neighborhood you are interested in or not, in a list of floors 1 to 1, with an infinite scroll…

Trusted portals with warranty but with commissions.

5. Housing Anywhere

Housing Anywhere is a dedicated portal for the entire Europe. You can search further but you will not find results. They have a greater number of rooms and the commissions are relatively low, instead, they do not have verified floors as Spotahome (this could be the reason for the difference in commission expenses). It is the best option if you want to find accommodation in Spain and do not mind paying commissions in a small city.

The website is also available in the following languages:
馃嚞馃嚙聽 聽 聽 馃嚛馃嚜聽 聽 聽 馃嚠馃嚬
馃嚝馃嚪聽 聽 聽 馃嚨馃嚬聽 聽 聽 馃嚦馃嚤
馃嚨馃嚤聽 聽 聽 馃嚜馃嚫

Examples of room searches (08/20/2019)
1. Sample example of Madrid: 1429 rooms
2. Sample example of Barcelona: 5049 rooms
3. Sample example of Gand铆a: 22 rooms
4. Sample example of Alcoy: 28 rooms

pros

路 Security for an economical price. Of course, in exchange for 鈧偓. You must make an initial deposit where you must enter “the first month of rent + commission”, this amount is retained by Housing Anywhere and will be given to the owner 48h after your deposit for the accommodation.

The commission is normally not very excessive, depending on the monthly rental price I give you some examples:
路 200 鈧 鈫 50 鈧
路 325 鈧 鈫 81 鈧

cons

路 Do not have verified accommodations. From here it may come that you have a larger sample of rooms than for example Spotahome.

6. Spotahome

Nowadays, they only work in the main 29 European cities and 3 Spanish cities (Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia).
Of course most of the accommodations you see offered in Spotahome are verified by their team and some of them you will only find on this website. It is the best option if you want to find accommodation in Spain and do not mind paying commissions in a big city.

The website is also available in the following languages:
馃嚞馃嚙聽 聽 聽 馃嚛馃嚜聽 聽 聽 馃嚠馃嚬
馃嚝馃嚪聽 聽 聽 馃嚜馃嚫聽 聽 聽 馃嚨馃嚬
馃嚨馃嚤聽 聽 聽 馃嚬馃嚪

Examples of room searches (08/20/2019)
1. Sample example of Madrid: 464 rooms
2. Sample example of Barcelona: 273 rooms

pros

路 Most of the places reviewed by homechekers (you can check it in the same photos of the accommodations), this provides a lot of security.

路 The Security. If the owner cancels the reservation within 48 hours of the date of entry, Spotahome helps you find a new accommodation and in the meantime covers your expenses of staying in a Hotel or accommodation, or as a second option you have to be fully refunded.

路 Reserve without confirmation from the owner. In some apartments you can make the reservation without confirmation.

cons

路 High commission costs. The truth is that reliability is paid. The commission costs are taken over a percentage based on the total cost of your stay. Example:
1. Room (01/09 to 06/30) 鈫 鈧 570 / month
2. Total commission 鈫 鈧 451
3. Total to pay for the reservation 鈫 鈧 1.021
Do not forget the deposit. You do not make the payment at the time of booking but if when you arrive, therefore the first month would amount to 鈧 1.591, it is also true that the deposit will be returned if you behave well 馃檪

路 Covers few cities. Only 3 cities, but yes … very well covered!

7. Uniplaces

This is kind of a website like Spotahome and Housing Anywhere website but works in Europe. As far as I have seen, a greater number of expenses. Small cities do not appear.

The website is also available in the following languages:
馃嚞馃嚙聽 聽 聽 馃嚛馃嚜聽 聽 聽 馃嚠馃嚬
馃嚝馃嚪聽 聽 聽 馃嚜馃嚫聽 聽 聽 馃嚨馃嚬
馃嚨馃嚤聽 聽 聽 馃嚦馃嚤聽 聽 聽 馃嚚馃嚦

Examples of room searches (08/20/2019)
1. Sample example of Madrid: 780 rooms
2. Sample example of Barcelona: 424 rooms
3. Sample example of Gand铆a: 0 rooms
4. Sample example of Alcoy: 0 rooms

pros

路 Housing is reviewed by homechekers, not all but a large percentage of them.

路 Safety. Uniplaces makes the payment to the owner at the moment you enter the apartment, in case it did not match what was announced, they freeze the payment and look for ways to help you (they don’t tell you how).

cons

路 Commission expenses. In the searches carried out the service charge was not less than 鈧 130 and reached a maximum of 鈧 222.

路 Management fees, generally not less than 鈧 200 (cover administrative expenses, initial and final cleaning of the house, maintenance costs, etc.). Honestly, I have never paid this expense in Spain. Actually, it is a large amount to be paid initially:
1. Room in Barcelona (1/09 – 06/30) 鈫 鈧 580 / month
2. First payment (Reserve) 鈫 580 + 215 (commission) = 鈧 795
3. Upon arrival (management fee) 鈫 鈧 580
3.聽 Total to pay first month 鈫 795 + 580 = 鈧 1,375

8. Beroomers

Same mode of operation as the recently named (Spotahome, Uniplaces and Housing Anywhere). Nowadays, Beroomers works in 14 cities where 8 are Spanish.
路 Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Sevilla,聽 Granada, Murcia, Salamanca, Vigo

The website is also available in the following languages:
馃嚞馃嚙聽 聽 聽 馃嚜馃嚫聽 聽 聽 馃嚨馃嚬

pros

路 The Security. Beroomers will only transfer the money to the owner once you have entered to live.

cons

路 They do not have verified accommodations.

路 Commission expenses. Neither as high as Spotahome or Uniplaces, nor as low as Housing Anywhere, work based on the monthly rental price. I leave you some examples:
鈧 275 鈫 鈧 85
鈧 375 鈫 鈧 118

路 Covers few cities. More Spanish cities than many others, but forget if you go to a small city.

Final conclusion

In case that you are willing to pay commission in exchange for security and peace of mind these will be your best options. For the websites that charge you commission only for 鈥渉olding鈥 the money until your arrival, I would recommend that you consider Badi firstly since they offer the same without charging such management.
Important. If you are going to a relatively small city, of these options the only one in which you can get lucky is Housing Anywhere.

find accommodation in Spain will not be difficult if you pay commission, but these are the steps that I would personally follow:

1

Start the search as soon as possible

To have a greater margin of time and choice, since you pay a commission that is at least worth it, do not rush.
2

If you do not mind the amount to be paid in commission and you do Erasmus in Valencia, Madrid or Barcelona: 1st Spotahome, 2nd Housing Anywhere

In Spotahome commissions are usually high but among all it is the one that offers more security, as for Housing you have a greater chance of finding more variety.
3

contact the advertiser (owner)

In case you want to get more information about the accommodation. Important, do everything through the web, do not make any payments or keep communication off the platform. All through the platform.
4

Compare, choose and enjoy!

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