Finding Your Corporate Apartment in Your Next Business Travel

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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If you are traveling for business, one common mistake most novices make is to assume that hotels are the best choice for accommodation. While hotels are capable of providing a superior travel experience for tourists and families, it may not be the best option for working professionals. 

Corporate housing is a great way for business travelers to live flexibly. They can immerse themselves in the local culture while still maintaining the facilities they need to work comfortably. This means that they can adjust to living in a new city faster, which is an advantage for professionals who are constantly on the go. A corporate apartment feels less like a small accommodation with basic amenities, and more like an extension of your home. Often, these apartments are also located in areas where one can live, shop, and commute like a local. 

So don’t add to the stress of traveling for business. If you need to find a good place to live, here are some tips for scoring the best space for your trip. 

Find someone to help you with the search

All you need to do is search on the internet for corporate housing, and you are bound to find a few options that catch our eye. However, it is ill-advised to decide based on the internet alone. The best course of action is to find an intermediary who can vouch for the safety and authenticity of each rental that is being offered. This way, you do not accidentally end up investing in fraudulent actors or malicious schemes—which are quickly evolving and becoming more sophisticated in this fast-paced and tech-oriented world we live in. 

One such reliable website is Blueground, which was created in 2013. Since then, it’s grown quickly in size and status for property rentals. There are plenty of options for travelers who need fully-furnished apartments with flexible lease arrangements

Look for amenities that support your job

High-speed internet is a must for any modern professional, especially post-pandemic. Plenty of remote work options are made available for employees around the world. In case you hae days where you can skip the commute and work from home, wi-fi is a must. 

If you are bringing pets, then you may also want to look into whether the property has amenities for your furry companions and is okay with you bringing them along. 

For the fitness-savvy, some rentals are near gyms and yoga studios. This will make it easier to maintain your health while traveling. 

Finally, amenities like housekeeping, a laundry service, and an equipped kitchen are small details that go a long way. You may not always have the time to clean out your space or the money to eat out. Having people dedicated to professionally cleaning your temporary home, as well as a kitchen to cook your own meals, can be a lifesaver. 

Choose a neighborhood you will like

It is difficult to say what the best neighborhood is like because the answer differs from one person to another. It will depend on where you work and what your personal preferences are. Here’s a quick look at some of the best neighborhoods in the area for professionals.

Crime Rates and Local Law Enforcement

Head to your preferred search engine. Type in the name of your city and look for crime statistics by neighborhood. This should generate enough information for you to make a decision; however, the data available on the internet can depend on the size of the city you are moving to.

It is also worth remembering that different parts of the same town may be safer or more dangerous, so do not just rely on the internet. Ask around and even read crime reports in the local papers to get a clear picture of the area. 

Sports and Athletics

If you are a fitness nut, then having plenty of spaces and opportunities to engage in physical activities is a must. It’s not just about having gyms and yoga studios in the area; it is also about making sure that there are plenty of natural open spaces like parks or beaches. These are great places to go for a run, get tanned, and meet like-minded individuals. 

Walk Around the Neighborhood

If you have the opportunity to visit the place ahead of time, try and get a feel of the area by foot. Look at the condition of the houses, streets, and sidewalks. Make note of how the locals behave and whether they are friendly to one another. You can also check whether the streets seem quiet or noisy at certain points of the day.

Beyond that, keep an eye out for vacant lots or abandoned buildings. These are not necessarily bad indicators. Rather, they can be used for commercial developments, which could change the pace of the neighborhood and affect the values of the local property. 

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.