Internships, especially unpaid ones, can get a bit pricey sometimes. Keep a few of these points in mind to realize your inexpensive internship abroad.
Tip #1. Rent a room in a shared apartment or flat. This is not the time to try out living solo—you’re already forking out costs for other overhead things, so try to minimize what you’re spending on your rent / accommodations. Renting a room with other international interns will save you money and provide you with a more autonomous, yet community-oriented experience.
Tip #2. Book a round-trip ticket. You know, one way tickets are almost always more expensive than if you book the round trip ticket from the get-go. If possible, fly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays—the cheapest days of the week!
Tip #3. Walk or bike to work. Save on those taxis, Lyfts, Ubers, et. al and other pricy transit options by walking or biking to the office. It’s an invigorating start to the day which will help you maintain your focus even through your afternoon slump. What’s more, you’ll have the opportunity to take in more of the scenery too—get to know your neighbors!
Tip #4. Pack your lunch. Eating out adds up real quick. By brown-paper-bagging it, you will have more money to spend on other fun activities! Since eating out can be a great opportunity to get to know your new coworkers in more relaxed setting, we recommend mixing up your lunch options—leftovers one day, a bite and a bond with coworkers the next. Just keep an eye on your spending so you don’t go overboard!