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No More Housing Hassle for Student Travellers?

HousingAnywhere.com founder Niels van Deuren

HousingAnywhere.com founder Niels van Deuren

By: Madeline Reddington

For most of us who have done so, studying abroad was one of the best experiences we had in college—but finding someone to take over our rooms for an awkward four or five-month period isn’t nearly as fun. Luckily, for those of us who are worried about coming home to find our things trashed by an unruly sub-letter or biting the bullet and paying rent for an empty room, there are more options. Meet Niels van Deuren, Triptrotter and founder of HousingAnywhere.com.

What made you start HousingAnywhere?

When I went abroad for my Bachelor exchange to Singapore, I wanted to sublet my room. Unfortunately, it was quite hard to find someone who wanted to rent for just five months. However, at the same time I heard that the International Office of my current university was desperately looking for rooms that were available for a short time period. There I saw the gap: there was a supply of short-term rooms, and demand. I simply created a platform to bridge these two parties.

How is HousingAnywhere different from other exchange-based hospitality networks?

Only students can use this platform. And above all: it’s totally for free to advertise your room or respond to an advertisement on the platform. Students at a few top schools already use it, like ESADE Barcelona, SSE in Sweden, WU in Vienna, USP in Brazil, and more.

What are the best and worst parts of being an entrepreneur?

I would like to summarize it as: “Whoa, opportunities everywhere, but a day has only 24 hours!”

What else are you doing these days?

I am studying International Business Administration—taking a Masters in CEMS International Management.

How many countries have you been to?

Ai, many! South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Laos, Cambodia, New Zealand, Thailand, and basically all of Europe. I am still missing the USA on my list though!

What’s a crazy experience you had traveling/studying abroad that you can share with the Triptrotting community?

Living in Lisbon for a few months. What a time! What a nice vibrant city that is!

What’s next for HousingAnywhere and yourself?

Well, we recently launched our platform in Peru (Lima, Esan University) as well. So the road is: expanding our platform to more countries and cities!

If you had all the money in the world, would you quit and move to an island or invest it all in your business?

Move to that island and continue the business from there! The nicest thing in this digital world is that companies are not limited to operating in one specific place.

4 Questions to Ask Before Deciding to Study Abroad

By: Her Campus 

It may seem like this semester’s going to last forever, but it’s already time to start thinking about next year. With never-ending midterms, relentless snowstorms, and this year’s course enroll period and housing lottery ahead of us, it can be hard to get amped up for another semester of the same major, the same people, the same stuffy dorm room or shabby apartment, and the same frat houses and sticky college bars. But if you’re starting to go a little stir-crazy in your college town, why not switch it up a little? And no, we don’t mean by trying a new flavor of Yoplait Light—we’re talking about studying abroad. A semester or summer in a different country provides a totally amazing, and totally different, summer experience and a chance to travel and explore other cultures without a hectic school schedule in your way. You can use the time to earn major credit, volunteer overseas, explore a new career overseas, even learn the secrets to Italian cooking, while your friends trek to the library and drink Keystone at home. But don’t hop on that plane just yet—before you study abroad, you have lots to consider. Her Campus talked to Dean Tsouvalas, Editor-in-Chief of StudentAdvisor.com, and to study abroad students around the world, about what to ask yourself—and your study abroad advisor—when planning your time overseas. Hit these five key questions and you’ll be ready to take off before you know it!

1. What kind of experience do I want?

E very city in the world offers a different cultural experience, and wherever you choose to study abroad will have a huge effect on the months ahead. As much as your time abroad will be about studying, working, or volunteering, it will be even more about exploring and fitting into a new environment and absorbing the culture around you….Read more here at Her Campus, written by Amanda First

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