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One of the most constant things you will need to do as a digital nomad no matter where you are in the world is…find a place to live! You’ve got to find a good place to rest your head, cook your meals and maybe even get some work done (if WFH is your thing). But that’s not all…
…you don’t want to pay a ridiculous amount for your rent, right?
Finding the balance between paying a reasonable price and getting a decent place to live can get pretty tricky. But as a digital nomad, it’s an important skill to learn because you will do this at least a couple of times a year!
We’ve been full-time digital nomads since 2018. We have been experimenting with the best strategies and websites to get the best deals on monthly digital nomad accommodation. Leave it to Matthew because he is always wanting to get the best value for his money!
In this blog post, we are going to share the types of digital nomad accommodation you can book and the 17 best websites and platforms to help you get the best deals on your digital nomad housing.
How To Find Accommodation As A Digital Nomad
The remote work movement is here to stay and you can start to see that because a lot more platforms are catering to the accommodation needs of digital nomads.
Here’s the deal: Digital nomads are not your typical type of travelers. They travel for a little longer than a person on vacation (typically a month in each location), they require a kitchen to make their meals (eating out 24/7 isn’t sustainable) and they want decent monthly discounts.
It’s clear –
The digital nomad accommodation needs are very specific and a lot more different than backpackers and/or vacation travelers.
That’s why it’s important to have a bank of the best digital nomad accommodation options so you can make sure you always get the best rental deals – no matter where you’re going next!
3 Things To Consider Before Booking Digital Nomad Accommodation
Before we book a place, we always look at around 4-6 different websites/marketplaces to see what options there are and we ask ourselves these questions:
- Is it the best monthly price?
- Are we getting decent value for money?
- Do we like the look/feel of the place?
- Are the apartments close to the neighborhood we like?
Here are some more parameters to consider before you quickly book on these platforms/websites.
🏡 Long-term stays: Most digital nomads stay in one location for at least a month. This gives them time to settle in, build a routine and (actually) get work done.
🗓 Monthly discounts: If you’re staying a month in a single apartment, you should get a monthly discount! That’s a big reason why we stay in a place for at least 28-30 days – discounts can be as big as 40% off for monthly stays!
🛏 Fully-furnished: Digital nomads don’t stay long enough to ‘fully settle into a place’. Fully furnished apartments or houses are very important to digital nomads and can be the reason why some choose certain places over others. A lot of people now consider whether there’s a suitable workspace in the apartments too.
👩🏻💻 Digital nomad-focused: You know when a website or platform is digital nomad-focused. They offer monthly stays and discounts, the filters are relevant for the needs and so much more.
Most of the websites and platforms below have all 3 factors to consider, however, I’ve also included some short-term accommodations for when you have those awkward couple of days in between stays.
5x Types of Digital Nomad Accommodation
There isn’t one way to live this digital nomad lifestyle. That’s the best part about it – the freedom to choose how you want to live, work and travel the world.
Here are 5 types of digital nomad accommodation to consider:
Co-living Spaces: Our favorite way to live/rent as digital nomads! This is completely catered to the digital nomad’s needs and wants. Most coliving spaces have a private apartment, a coworking space and a vibrant digital nomad community – that’s all we could ask for!
Hotels/Hostels: Some digital nomads seem to book hotels and hostels. As full-time travelers, I’m not sure how this would be sustainable long-term? Hotels are great for short stays but not long-term because they don’t have things like a kitchen. Hostels are a completely different vibe to the digital nomad life because it’s mostly backpackers looking to party – it’s also less comfortable to live in as it’s usually dorm-style stays with shared everything (room, kitchen, bathroom).
Van Life: This is only an option if you’ve got a van or you’re willing to rent one. I think it’d be really cool to try it out for a couple of months. With Starlink, the van life + digital nomad combo is starting to become more possible!
Airbnb/Facebook Groups: If we can’t find good coliving spaces, our next option is always Airbnb. It’s easy, convenient and usually has the best prices for monthly stays! Facebook groups are a great way to rent locally or directly with the landlord giving you the lowest possible price but requires more trust and can be risky in a foreign city.
House Swaps/Work Exchange: You can do housesitting, volunteer in exchange for free accommodation and/or house swap with others. This is usually free but nothing is ever free right? This requires a little more effort and maybe even work on your part – not too ideal as digital nomads who work online. But it’s a great option for short-term stays or very specific experiences!
17x Best Digital Nomad Accommodation Options – Websites & Marketplaces
Now you know what to look for in digital nomad housing options and the 5 different types of digital nomad accommodation to consider.
Here’s the big, juicy part with all the websites and platforms that you can scroll through for your dream apartment in your next destination(s).
Matthew and I are always willing to check out new websites, try them out and give them a chance! We have gone through our fair share of digital nomad accommodation since 2018 and there are definitely some that are better than others.
I will say: There isn’t one perfect site! If you want the best deals and a wide variety of options, you should check out at least 4 sites every time you want to book your next digital nomad accommodation.
Here are the 17 best digital nomad accommodation options for travelers, remote workers and digital nomads to consider before booking:
Long-Term Stay Options
According to the latest digital nomad statistics, 51% of digital nomads stay at least 15-90+ days in a single location.
These are the best websites and platforms for digital nomad accommodation for stays longer than 15 days.
Airbnb – Best Variety Of Listings And Long-Term Discounts
Airbnb is the leading housing marketplace for digital nomads to book their stays. The wide range of listings allows you to have much more choices on things like style, price, features, and amenities. You can also book closer to your arrival date since there are so many listings to choose from! The filters make it easy to do monthly stays with a workspace and kitchen, for example.
Since 2019, Matthew and I have stayed in 25 Airbnbs! That’s crazy even for me to read that back. We found that Airbnb always had the best monthly deals. We would check other sites and usually circled back to Airbnb because the price was always the best and lowest.
👩🏻💻👨🏼💻TTA TIP: If you want the best deals, book an Airbnb for 2-3 days and see if you like it. If you end up loving it and the area/location, you can easily negotiate with the owner for a long-term stay discount off the platform. This way you know you love it and you have direct contact with the owner already!
Pros/Cons of Airbnb
✅ Best user experience to easily book stays
✅ Huge variety of listings
✅ Available almost anywhere in the world
❌ Cleaning and service fees can be questionably high
❌ No social aspect or community
❌ Not always equipped for digital nomad needs
Behere – Best For Highly Curated, Valuable Monthly Stay
Want a platform that has highly curated listings? That’s behere for you. A lot of the listings are vetted before they are displayed on the website. They choose listings based on things like how close they are to workspaces, fitness studios and ideally/centrally located.
They only offer monthly stays which suit the digital nomad lifestyle really well. The best part is that the pricing is pretty competitive compared to Airbnb and I feel you get more value for money with Behere.
Pros/Cons of BEHERE
✅ Great user experience, beautiful website to easily book stays
✅ Highly curated and vetted listings for maximum satisfaction
❌ Only available in certain cities
❌ No social aspect or community
Coliving.com – Best If You Love Coliving
Only want to stay in coliving spaces as a digital nomad? We get it – we love coliving too! Thankfully, there’s a website dedicated to helping you find coliving spaces to stay in.
When you search on Coliving.com, it will only bring up places that are either independent coliving spaces, shared apartments and/or shared houses. If you value community, you should definitely check it out first!
Pros/Cons of COLIVING.COM
✅ Curated listings of coliving space only
✅ Vetted members and hosts
✅ Well-priced affordable stays
❌ most major cities or very few options in lesser-known destinations
VRBO – Best For Unique, Modern Rentals
VRBO is the best alternative to Airbnb. It’s easy to book a place because the user experience is pretty good. There’s also a wide range of listings available in the world. The listings are usually very beautiful, modern and higher-quality than some of the Airbnb listings. It all sounds great right? So what’s the catch?
VRBO usually costs more. A lot of the same listings from Airbnb are also on VRBO and they charge more for some reason.
Pros/Cons of VRBO
✅ Great user experience to easily book stays
✅ Decent volume of listings around the world
❌ Expensive, expensive, expensive
❌ No social aspect or community
Flatio – Best For Long-Stays In Europe
Flatio is a platform that allows you to search and book fully furnished apartments directly from the landlords themselves. It’s like renting an apartment locally with the local prices but without the need to furnish it or pay a deposit!
Note: If you’ve heard of NomadX before, it’s been merged with Flatio now.
Pros/Cons of FLATIO
✅ Low, affordable prices for long stays
❌ Only available in Europe
❌ No social aspect or community
NomadStays – Best For Selected, Unique Stays
Finally…a rental platform designed just for digital nomads! NomadStays knows what digital nomads need – affordable stays and experiences for long-term digital nomad accommodation.
Pros/Cons of NomadStays
✅ Low, affordable prices for long stays
❌ Just okay user experience
❌ Not available in many countries
RemoteBase – Best Airbnb Discounts For Long-Stays
Don’t want to bother looking through a plethora of listings? RemoteBase is a monthly newsletter that curates a list of the best digital nomad accommodation. They find crazy low deals and price glitches on Airbnb to help you get the most value for money!
We connected with RemoteBase on Instagram (who are lovely people btw) and they shared a quote on why they started RemoteBase and the passion behind the company –
“When RemoteBase started, it was a fun side-project I ran alongside my day job. I was working remotely and traveling the world with my girlfriend – and we just fell in love with the lifestyle.
Searching for long-stay accommodation was a little harder than finding good vacation spots. But there were some crazy-good deals out there when you booked ‘long stays’. Pretty soon I had a long list of places that I couldn’t possibly stay in. I thought it would be cool if I could share them with other nomads, who were also looking for good deals, and things went from there!
Now there’s nearly 2,000 members, and a premium membership which lets you select your preferences. It started as something to do alongside the day job, and now it is my day job. Every single day I get to help others go out and start or continue on this awesome lifestyle – I love it!”
There’s a free and premium newsletter that you can sign up for. It’s definitely worth it because you never know what kind of deal they can find for you!
Pros/Cons of REMOTEBASE
✅ Lowest prices for long-term stays
✅ They find the deals for you
❌ Only deals from 3 months into the future, wish it was more frequent
Floasis – Highly Curated Stays Tested By Remote Workers
Floasis is a great platform for remote workers and digital nomads to discover stays for specific experiences. For example, you can search based on the type of stay – chill, focus, active and much more.
There are also a lot of coliving options in the listings which means there’s a social aspect when booking with Floasis.
Pros/Cons of FLOASIS
✅ Great user experience and website
✅ Community-orientated rentals
✅ Well-priced affordable stays
❌ Only available in Europe (w/ Morocco as an exception)
Anyplace – Furnished Apartments For Remote Workers
Anyplace is a real contender to Airbnb. The housing marketplace and user experience of the platform is very good. You can find beautiful, modern houses or apartments that are fully furnished for remote workers.
I’m not sure why but they are dorms in their wide range of listings which I don’t think remote workers want to live in. The other thing is it’s pretty expensive – I barely see listing below $1,000 per month. The listings are really nice – don’t get me wrong but it’s just too much!
Pros/Cons of ANYPLACE
✅ Easy-to-use website
✅ Beautiful, modern spaces
❌ can get really expensive
NomadPass – Best For Start Up Vibes/Coliving
NomadPass was created for digital nomads to be able to find coliving spaces, startup retreats, boutique hotels and villas. They are only available in certain cities and we’re excited to see how they expand.
Unfortunately, the site wasn’t working for me so I couldn’t view any listings. Maybe it’s a glitch at the moment? Please comment below if it works for you!
Pros/Cons of NOMADPASS
✅ Curated spaces for the remote work movement
❌ glitchy, needs improvement
Outsite – Best For Remote Workers With Vetted Community
Outsite is a membership site that provides remote workers with beautiful digital nomad accommodation. It’s not Airbnb with a bunch of random listings from hosts – Outsite actually hand-picks the accommodations and rents them out to remote workers. They mostly work like coliving spaces where you get a private room in a shared house or villa.
You have to become a member to access the listings. It costs $149 per year to be a member!
Pros/Cons of OUTSITE
✅ Highly-curated spaces for the remote work movement
✅ Vetted members means you get like-minded friends
❌ member fee might scare people away
❌ slightly more expensive
HouseStay – Best For Long-Stays Within The USA
If you want full furnished monthly rentals in the United States – HouseStay is a great option for you! You get beautiful, modern homes for a monthly (or longer) stay.
It’s pet-friendly and has all you could need! But there seems to be a deposit required for booking with HouseStay which is weird if you’re just staying a month. This might be best for travel nurses or remote workers bound to the US as opposed to digital nomads.
Pros/Cons of HOUSESTAY
✅ Pet-friendly and beautiful furniture
✅ Best for remote workers limited to the US region
❌ Deposit required even for only 1 month stays
Facebook Groups – Best For Cheapest Deals
Good ole’ Facebook Groups come to the rescue when you’re all out of options! If you want to book directly with the landlord or realtor and get the lowest possible price – you should check out local rental Facebook groups to book.
This is a little riskier than say Airbnb because you are trusting this person on the internet. It’s very common in Bali to find housing this way but a little riskier in Colombia and Mexico. It just depends on when and who you’re negotiating with.
Pros/Cons of FACEBOOK GROUPS
✅ cheapest prices, direct from the landlords
❌ higher risk you could get scammed
Short-Term Stay Options
According to the latest digital nomad statistics, 49% of digital nomads stay less than 15 days in a single location.
This is not the most ideal digital nomad accommodation because it’s just too short to be sustainable in the long term. With that said, there are some days where you want to take off or some awkward dates in between your stays – these are why the short-term accommodation options are great to have on hand.
Revolut Cashback → Agoda
Did you know you can book hotel stays through the Revolut app? You get to earn cashback while getting decent deals on short-term stays through Agoda.
For example, if you book on the Revolut app at the moment – Agoda will offer 7% cashback, Expedia offers a 6% cashback and VRBO offers a 2% cashback. You’ll receive cashback within 14 business days. We recently tried this and got a great hotel close to Montmarte in Paris for less than $100 per night!
Note: You need to have a Revolut card/account to redeem these offers. If you’re not sure what it is – we have an honest review about Revolut you can read.
Pros/Cons of REVOLUT CASHBACK
✅ cheaper prices available via Agoda, Expedia, etc
✅ cashback – who doesn’t want to earn a few dollars for simply making a purchase?!
❌ make sure you get your cashback – Matt had to chat with customer service which helped get it through
As digital nomads, it’s hard to have a pet while on the road. TrustedHousesitters allows you to have time with pets and get free stays in cool destinations! I absolutely adore dogs and this is great for me to have some doggy time.
The homeowners list their home/pets on the platform and sitters can apply to look after their home/pets while they are away. The best part is that it’s all for free! You can stay for free and they get free pet care.
We have used TrustedHousesitters 3 times now and they have all been great experiences for us!
Pros/Cons of TRUSTEDHOUSESITTERS
✅ free stays in exchange for loving on some pets
✅ lots of housesit options available
❌ you might not realize how much work you’re taking on
❌ can’t plan too far ahead and you need to be flexible for the owners
MindMyHouse is a cheaper alternative to TrustedHousesitters with less competition for housesits but also fewer listings. It’s a great option to check out as some listings won’t be on both websites and you never know what kind of housesits you could get!
It’s only $20 per year which will easily be covered if you only ever get 1 housesit!
Pros/Cons of MINDMYHOUSE
✅ only $20 per year which is much cheaper than TrustedHousesitters
✅ less competition compared to TH
❌ less vetting and verification done than TH
This is one of the most famous platforms for booking hotels…but did you know they have expanded their filters to now add apartments?
Booking.com is great for short-term stays but it’s always worth a second look if there are some decent apartment deals. We recommend signing up for their Genius program which has helped save us 10%-15% on some of our stays!
Pros/Cons of BOOKING.COM
✅ easy-to-use platform, quick booking process
✅ less competition compared to TH
❌ only short stays (days as opposed to monthly stays)
Which Digital Nomad Accommodation Options Are The Best?
If you want to know how we book our digital nomad accommodation, I’m going to share our favorite sites and the order that we look through them:
- Coliving spaces: We always look for coliving spaces first. We try to find independent ones that are locally run. Some ones we have loved are Bali Bustle and a bunch of coliving spaces in Medellin is great too.
- Airbnb: If we can’t find co-living spaces, we will turn to Airbnb and search for rentals close to coworking spaces or the city center.
- Behere/Floasis: Both marketplaces are great alternatives to Airbnb without breaking the bank! You might find nicer apartments that are tailored to digital nomads.
For short-term stays, we have been loving Revolut’s cashback offers and we have gotten 2 great deals off of them already!
Finding Accommodation For Digital Nomads Isn’t So Hard
If you know where to look, finding digital nomad accommodation will be a breeze! It all depends on what kind of stay you’re after.
I love testing and trying out new platforms that rival Airbnb or coliving spaces. Getting the best deals is going to require a little more work, patience and research. We find it’s always worth the time because we get reasonably priced stays in decent accommodation within the city center!
Do you have more digital nomad housing options that aren’t on this list? Comment below and let us know your thoughts!