How to meet new people in a new city?

Just arrived in the city and as a foreigner you feel lonely? The first weeks might be the most difficult: finding a new place to live, starting a new job, getting to know how to get there and here, going grocery shopping in a supermarket you don’t know… 

If you know what we mean, this article is for you. The advantage in Luxembourg is that the country is rather small and has a large number of expatriates in the same situation! This international community present in the country can facilitate the brewing and integration of newcomers like you into the local way of life in Luxembourg.

Find below 5 tips on how to break this loneliness and meet new people in a new city.

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  1. Go out

It can sound easy to say but going out is the easiest way to meet new people. With mobile applications such as supermiro  (app that tells you absolutely everything that is happening around you!) or various other websites with events in Luxembourg (such as allevents) you will have the possibility to go out to meet people who share the same interests. 

Museums ? Markets ? Afterworks ? Gastronomic events ? Concerts? The choice is large and you will surely find something you appreciate! Enjoy 🙂 

  1. Facebook groups

The good old Facebook is still and always a good way to meet new people. First of all, you can find all events happening around you but you can also join many groups of all kinds. There are numerous groups for expats according to their nationality, newcomers in the country, or groups according to a specific interest. The advantage here is that you can join these groups upstream, begin to exchange with people already living in Luxembourg and meet new people in the same situation as you.

  1. Meeting apps

Classic but it also works! Since meeting apps work on the basis of your interests, you will easily have suggestions of people whom you can get along with, and are located next to you.

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  1. Sport activities & Associations

Sport activities and especially group sport activities will combine 2 things : staying healthy and meeting new people. Working with people to aim a goal is a perfect way to meet people and to go as far as becoming friends.

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By helping others, you will find a way to break your loneliness and do a good deed simultaneously. In Gasperich, one of Luxembourg’s city neighborhood, there is a dog & cat shelter. During specific hours, you can visit it and voluntarily walk one of the cute little furry 4 paws friends.

What else than doing something good and meeting people in the same spirit?

5. Coliving

Of course, we saved you the best for the end : coliving! Living with other people will end the feeling of loneliness as you will be sharing your accommodation with other people like you. Furnished.lu is here to help you, it’s the reference to renting a shared room in Luxembourg. In a shared flat, you will have shared areas such as the living room, the kitchen and the bathroom and you will have your private space in your furnished (yes, you read it correctly) bedroom. 

Coliving will help you make new friends and via them, you will potentially meet friends of friends and create your own friendship circle. Do not hesitate to check our available rooms and to book your new home on Furnished.lu !

Feel free to let us know in a comment if these tips have helped you 🙂

Coliving in Luxembourg: What and Why?

You are soon arriving in Luxembourg and it’s stressing you out? Don’t worry, we have a solution for you: coliving. Get to know what it means before we tell you all about Furnished.lu!

you may ask, what does coliving mean exactly?

Coliving is a trend from the US which appears in the 80’s on the west coast and migrated to Europe and Asia in the late 2000’s.  If you have ever watched an episode of Friends, you should actually have a good idea on how it works! We promise you, at furnished.lu it’s less dramatic 😊 (“They don’t know that we know they know we know.”)

As a young new worker, you may think living in Luxembourg is actually really expensive. That’s where the coliving is advantageous for you: you are able to split the cost of your living with others in the same situation as you!

Coliving is the concept of shared housing, with a global service of all-inclusive accommodation to residents called colivers: cleaning, maintenance, internet access, energy, insurance and so much more. It is almost like living in a hotel but you need to make your own bed, cook for yourself and sometimes be social with the people you live with.

The coliving is generally organized around places open to all like a well-equipped kitchen, relaxation areas and a private room for each tenant. Most of the time, the bathroom is also shared between the roommates.  

Rent includes home insurance and the many services offered by shared housing. The advantage is also that the occupants do not suffer the constraints of the flat share such as the fights over household chores… Everyone enjoys their private space and services that make everyday life easier.

Plus, this way of living in community is a good way to fight loneliness, which an increasing number of people are suffering from in large cities and especially more after these quarantine times. In a country like Luxembourg, coliving can help people to meet various profiles of people, some similar and some different, which can be a base to create its own friendship circle later.

Now that you know what coliving is, you may wonder, why you should choose Furnished.lu services?

beautiful room in one of furnished.lu residences, located in Esch sur Alzette

Because Furnished.lu proposes many rooms for different budgets. Our agency proposes comfortable furnished rooms in our residences with advantageous prices compared to the market. We help young workers and interns coming to Luxembourg with their search for the perfect place to live at low costs. The only condition required is a work contract in Luxembourg.

Our team will help you find the perfect room where you will feel at home. We will suggest you several furnished rooms in one of our residences according to your criterias and the availability of the rooms. What does that mean? It means that you will not need to stress about a pan you have forgot home or to buy a desk for your room because EVERYTHING IS ALREADY THERE! Also, coliving enjoys great flexibility. Leases are flexible and the duration of stay in coliving is between 2 weeks and 1 year.

In addition, Furnished.lu will help you accommodate easily with a few tips about shared housing via our monthly Newsletter or here on our blog so do not forget to check it regularly.

Our goal is to make you feel at home and help you with the transition to your new life and this is why our team is always available in case of any issue during your entire stay.

Our team of technicians and housekeepers work hard to make your stay with us a delight.

Pick a room, book it and Furnished.lu will do the rest to ease the process for you! So now relax, prepare your suitcase and see you very soon in Luxembourg 😊

Feel free to let us know in a comment what do you think about coliving in Luxembourg?

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What to do when the TV/internet fails you…

It’s not working… no, it’s definitely not working! The only thing appearing in your TV screen is « no signal »… at home at least it works …

Who has never had this desperately black screen, empty of content, right before the time of their favorite show?

Well, we are here to try to helping because sometimes it is just a matter of simple manipulations.

The most obvious thing to check: is everything plugged in? Are all the plugs connected and the devices turned on? Yes ? Then maybe it is a cable that is unplugged? Is the HDMI cable well attached to both ends ?
Is the internet box switched on and synchronized? Is the wifi enabled? And the bluetooth of your laptop (for a chromecast) active?

Yes ? Well, in this case, it should be working…

Ah! The input of the TV, did you select the correct one? Check the input menu of the TV to make sure you are connected to the right one.

Finally, the only thing remaining to do is to properly set up your chromecast and your mobile (or laptop) and everything will roll. You didn’t know it had to be set up? Well, it does ! You’ll find here how to do it!

Now you’re sure to be able to see your favorite TV show on the big screen!

Bigger is better

Luxembourg is not a big country but we like to see things big!

(Have you seen the size of the flag?!)

Most houses and apartments in this tiny country are made for families and do not represent big surfaces but as we develop the flat sharing concept here, we realize that we are far from the big flatshares of London or New York. It’s a given that we will never reach the astonishing number of 548 flatmates in a same building but slowly by slowly we are building residences of up to 22 flatmates!

(Yep, watching a funny video on Facebook is part of the package deal when living in a flatshare).

Most people look for smaller residences where they can be closer with their flatmates but there is an appeal to bigger residences. A chance of meeting more people and that is what flatsharing is about. Settling in a new city or simply a new place and not living alone (and sharing the expenses of course!).

(I’m not sure if this is what a big flatshare looks like but I’m torn between fascinated and scary…)

What would you rather have? A flatshare that offers small amenities and a closer  relationship with your flatmates or a bigger one with lots of people (and probably noise) and have great adventures, traipsing through town and hiking that mountain like you said you would but never had the courage to do alone?

In any case, we’ll have all options available for your here in Luxembourg!

 

Five resolutions to improve your flatshare

Do you remember how it was back homne? The full fridge, the fluffy towels, the liberal use of central heating. Luxuries all distinctly lacking, you notice, as you arrive back at your flatshare.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. With these five resolutions, you can make your flatshare a little bit nicer every day.

  1. Get Some Plants

Plants are living things that you take care of. Under your watchful gaze they develop into flourishing fountains of beauty, instilling purpose, joy and pride into the life of the gardener. What’s not to love!

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See them as the first step on the tripartite progression to parenthood (plants à puppies à babies). Or keep them for their health and stressbusting properties. Either way, you’ll be glad you did. Here are some great options for what species to get.

  1. Recycle

In most boroughs and councils, bins are now collected once a week. That means bin space is premium property. Not as premium as a Belair studio flat of course, but still pretty premium. Recycling more is better for the environment, but it also means your bin won’t be full after two days! Hurray! Take that, urban foxes.shutterstock_108327635

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Buy Some Local Art

Those pegs on your walls are for pictures, not hanging up your shirt to dry, y’know! Why not use them properly and support local artists at the same time by buying some cool local art to hang up? You’ll become Cool Host #1 at house parties plus you’ll help your local art scene, meaning more art for everyone! Yay! 

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  1. Splash out on Everyday Items

Come on, you’re an adult now. It’s time to get good bed sheets. You use them every day, you might as well have nice ones. It’s time to get that throw to cover up your pre-furnished sofa. It’s time to get the doormat with the witty saying on it. Don’t fight the Inner Dad. Embrace it. This is who you are now.

  1. Sit Down Together Every Once in a While

A good flat dinner at the end of the week is a great thing. You’ll feel closer, happier and also get to have some delicious food and wine. Plus when you spend the rest of the week buried in work/the library/your boyfriend’s house, you know that there’s some quality flatmate time booked in.shutterstock_172085942

Dinner ideas for a smooth flatsharing

Flatsharing is all about sharing, be it the bathroom or the kitchen. But it is also about living in community.

In order to help you with that, we have put together a list of 5 recipes that are perfect to gather around your flatmates around a good dinner and laughter.

Our best recipes for successful evening with your flatmates

Pasta

Any kind of pasta is not only easy and cheap to make, you are 90% sure that it will please your flatmates to have a plate full of spaghetti after a long day at the office… or right before going out.

Little tip to satisfy all your flatmates : try making a pasta without meat or prepare two different kinds, say pesto and bolognese to cater to all the different diatery requirements.

Pizza

Italian food in general is great for a shared dinner and nothing bonds people more than pizza in front of a movie. And the greatest thing about Pizza is that, while it is easy to make, it’s even easier to order and have delivered.

Again, remember to pick two type, a veggie one and a meat one for all types of eaters.

Cookies

It’s Sunday afternoon and it’s raining (because, let’s face it, the weather in Luxembourg is not the sunnier one), the laundry is done and you have been watching Netflix for the past 3 hours. Time to get proactive and dig out your inner Master Chef. Baking cookies is super easy and chances are that your flatmates will pop in the kitchen when the smell of cookies reaches their room.

Crêpes

Reclaim your French inheritance (or find someome in the flatshare that is French) and organize a crêpe night. Salty, sweet, jam or Nutella, everything can be put on a Crêpe and it’s super fun to try flip them while cooking them.

Summer salad

Summer is just around the corner and there is nothing better to empty the fridge than creating a huge salad with all the leftovers (fruits, veggies, chicken, poached eggs, etc). Not only will you be enjoying a healthy meal but you will also make a head start on the Spring Deep Cleaning. 

14 Decorating Tips while on a Budget

You’ve just moved in into your new flatshare but it does not feel at home yet? Decorating it is a great idea but how to justify the investment it represents? After all, you will only be staying for a few month, probably not even a year. So, in order to remedy to this problem, we have put together some tips for decorating on a budget.

Remember, though, that before you do anything in your flatshare – painting a wall or even hanging a piece of art – it’s wise to check with your landlord first what you can do. 

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Tape up wallpaper

Nothing makes a room more inviting than a wall of colors and while painting or parpering it can be tricky (especially if you are in a flatshare), we have found a great solution for you to add color to your life (and your room). Buy a single roll of wallpaper and hang it like a sheet using double-sided tape. Easy to do and even easier to remove!

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Cushions to the power!

Adding cushions to a room, any room is the perfect (and playful) way to brighten-up a space without worrying about having a long-term commitment. We’d recommend chosing bright colours and patterns – and remember that it super easy to empty them, fold them and bring them to your new apartment.

As for the filling, little tip from us to you : use a larger cushion pad to have a firmer cushion that can be turned into an extra sit when guests come by for an « apéro ».

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The unsuspected powers of the rug…

A sofa is great, cushions to decorate it are attractive, but a rug… a rug has so many different uses that it is an imprescindible of interior design.  It will not only hide an unattractive floor, but also bring colour without painting, and, if you buy a large enough one now, you’re likely to have a place to put it in your next home.

 

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Stick ’em up

Another alternative to nailing up numerous frames is to hang lightweight images, which can be suspended with Blu Tack or bulldog clips attached with double-sided tape.

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The headboard

A headboard serves to anchor a bed and by extension the room it is located in. Adding a large headboard to your bed can give a dramatic look to your room and give an impression of more filled-in. Buy one that is freestanding and you will even be able to reuse it later on.

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Introduce mirrors

A tall mirror leaning against a wall can expand your space and dress the room without being hung, and you’ll always be able to find a use for it in a new home. For even more impact, paint or gold-leaf the frame, and don’t be afraid to group a few mismatched mirrors together.

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Layer throws

Like cushions, throws are great for adding instant colour that can move not just between homes, but between rooms. Folded neatly on the bed, tossed over a chair, spread across a sofa – there are so many ways to use them. Plus, they add a sense of inviting warmth.

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Light with lamps

A tall, dramatic lamp is a good way to emulate the light from a nonexistent ceiling fixture, while also adding a feature that makes the room feel more filled-in. Choose a chunky work-lamp-inspired style for high impact and plenty of light.

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Opt for black and white

Another strategy to give a place a styled look is to stick to a mostly black-and-white theme. It works with any flooring and simple white walls and, combined with neutral basics, creates an austere, Parisian-studio look. Simply add a colour pop with fresh flowers and you’ve got a fully formed concept with just a few pieces and no stress – perfect for a busy life on the go.

Coworking: an increasingly popular solution

What is coworking?
You’ve probably heard of coworking. But just in case, coworking is about sharing an office space together with other companies even if their sector of activity is different. This type of « roommating » has no limit in terms of number of « roommates » or even duration. This cohabitation can extend over a few hours as well as several years.

The advantages of coworking
If this trend is spreading more and more, it is primarily for financial reasons. The reasons are exactly the same as in a flatsharing between students for example.

A division of rent and charges is not the only benefit. Indeed, the equipment, such as the coffee machine, the internet network or the telephone, can also be shared and therefore included in the costs to be divided.

Coworking in a workspace means meeting new people and new companies. These companies that join your office space are a great way to expand your network (even if the industry is not the same as yours). Creating relationships with these companies could be very useful to you (partnership building, customer portfolio development, advice exchange, etc.). So it’s a great way to boost your business!

In case you are a young company for example, it is difficult to engage in the long term to have office space. Coworking is very advantageous for this. Indeed, you have no obligation to sign an entire year, you can simply rent a space for a client meeting or for the purpose of working on a specific project.

The last point is that it is very easy to access to a coworking space as the documents needed to be submitted are less than those required for a conventional commercial lease.

In a few words, the business world has reached the 21st century and has applied the same principles that allow students to afford an accommodation in a city center to the world of start-ups, increasing the number of industries that use the shared economies model to improve and encourage the new generation.

Well, it’s not working anymore… but why, what’s going on?

You’re getting home from work, you’re tired and then you switch on the light and… nothing, the lamp does not work anymore!

The first step is to eliminate the evidence :

  • Was it the right switch ? A moment of inattention is so quickly arrived!
  • Do you have electricity in the residence?
  • The lamp turns on but flashes, in a Night-Fever kind of way? No doubts anymore, if you have power, the bulb is probably dead! Or in the case of a neon, the choke is on the same track.

The lamp does work but the shutter does not close properly, impeding you to get your well-deserved rest, even after going up and down several times? Geometry will be your ally! Observe the blades: if they get skewed, the wings of the shutters no longer work. It does not close completely? The reel is in fault.

Even worse: it’s winter, a snow storm is coming but the only thing your radiator does is a « gurgling » noise that serves only to bother you? It will need to be purged of the air inside of it. A metallic noise is heard during the heating? The thermostatic valve no longer works! The heating is down throughout the entire flat? The boiler is certainly involved.

In any case and if tinkering is not your forte, don’t hesitate to consult your flatmates, one of them is probably a Bob-the-Builder in the making. In the worst case, your landlord will certainly be able to assist you by sending a professional to fix the problem. Remember to ask if your lease covers these incidences!

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