|View of the main street |
on my way to class
I was thinking I should probably be freaking out because I have no clue where I'm gonna go or live
|My first neighborhood |
pic taken on a walk to class
|The living room of my 2nd apartment.|
smaller and older but a lot of character
My current house is my favorite, I am living with my friend from back home. This is the first time I have lived with one of my friends here. Our landlords are also so nice. They treat us like family, we get tea with them and the mom even cooks dinners for us. Last week they took us grocery shopping. It is very nice practicing arabic with them too. The rent here is also a decent price for such a nice apartment.
|Qasid apartment in Amman|
Many landlords want people to agree to rent for at least three months at a time, some prefer longer. Some accepted monthly rent payments, and others wanted lump sum payments. It really just depends. I prefer to pay in lump sum because its easier for my budgeting purposes, I only had two landlords that wouldn't accept that. My current landlord is one of them. I think its because he lives in the same building, so its easy to just do monthly payments. Its not like hes coming across town to meet us. The only other landlord that wanted monthly payments rather than lump sums also happened to live in the same building as me. My previous roommate and I knew that each month we would need to plan a few hours for paying the rent. It was always a big event of having to get tea and talk and whatnot.
Another benefit of living here is that its easy to find people that will clean your apartment for a decent price. In the US, it can be expensive to find someone that will clean well at a decent price (on a college student's budget). On the other hand there are some people willing to clean the apartment for 5JD, however my roommate and I feel like that's too little (unfair) of an amount to pay someone. At the same time, you don't want to offer to overpay someone because that could be offensive. Luckily, there's a place between exploitation and charity in this case.
|room in qasid apartment|
|Kitchen of my 2nd place|
|A bedroom in my 2nd apartment|
landlord. We realized she was talking about him. This was more hilarious to us than anything. He came three times to collect the rent and to show the apartment to other girls. He lived out of town so sometimes he would come around or after Maghrib. In some neighborhoods having mixed company over would be an issue, in other neighborhoods you can get away with a lot more. Either way, doesnt bother me.