Medellin Shared Accommodation
If you’re not a hostel person, but still budget conscious, then a shared apartment could be your ideal option. Usually, you will be sharing with like minded international travelers.
The most popular site for this is Airbnb.com which has a multitude of options with verified photos and reviews from other guests making it a safe and secure option. Because the prices are listed in USD, you’ll probably end up paying alot more than if you found an option advertised locally, however, sometimes its better to paying a little more for peace of mind.
Many people who come to Medellin want to share an apartment or house with Colombians to improve their Spanish. This, however, may prove slightly difficult. This is because most Colombians live at home with their parents until they get married. However, if you want to try your luck finding accommodation with Colombians, the best website to use is Compartoapto - although you might find that it has many out-of-date listings and many don’t want to rent their rooms for short term. If you don’t speak basic Spanish, you may find it difficult finding accommodation this way.
If you're looking for a higher-end option in a relaxed chilled-out shared apartment check out Medellin Room Rentals. Rooms are rented on a monthly basis to international guests who are generally studying at Toucan Spanish School or working in Medellin.
100,000 COP DiscountIf you're studying Spanish at Toucan Spanish School you'll receive a 100,000 COP discount when booking a room, check the website for details.
Another good place to start looking for a shared apartment is the Facebook Group Medellin Rooms, Apartments and Expat Info. it's mostly other expats renting their spare rooms. Be aware, however, that there is a high number of “dodgy” people advertising overpriced options on Craigslist at high end pricing. For this reason we don't recommend that site.
Medellin Student Accommodation
None of the colleges or universities in Medellin have student accommodation since most students from Medellin continue to live with their parents. However, around most universities there are families who will host students from other cities in their homes. These aren’t homestays as there is no integration into family life, it’s purely a room rental situation. Typically, most of these options are with little old ladies who live alone and need extra money.
If you’re just looking for a cheap room rental and not worried about hard mattresses and cold showers, this could be a perfect alternative to other living situations. To find one, just ask around any of the buildings near the major universities.
If you're looking for decent Student Housing options in Medellin check out Tellanto a company created by two young Dutch entrepreneurs Ruben & Stijn. They specialize in affordable student housing options for international visitors to Medellin.
A homestay is an opportunity to stay with a local family, have meals provided, and have your washing taken care of in a family environment that encourages cultural interaction. Whilst very common in many South American countries, the idea of homestays in Medellin is pretty unknown to locals, since tourism here is pretty new.
Why most Homestays are illegal in Colombia:
In order to facilitate the rapidly growing tourism industry in Colombia the government has introduced very strict regulations when it comes to short term tourism accommodation. Homestay families, like hotels, hostels and short term apartment rentals, must apply for a Registro Nacional de Turismo (RNT) and meet the necessary approval criteria including safety standards. Probably 100% of Homestays in Colombia do not have RNT and as such could be considered illegal. Furthermore promoting Homestays that dont have RNT could be considered illegal also. This is why professional Spanish schools wont offer Homestay families as part of their course. However if you want to take the risk, you can always find options on international websites such as homestay.com. and Airbnb.