Offer a room
Do you have a spare room in your flat or home?
Register it with us and host a refugee who is new to your country! Give your support and solidarity to someone who has had to flee their home and make their arrival easier by providing safe accommodations where they can enjoy privacy and opportunities for local connection. If you are unable to offer the room free of charge, many refugees are able to cover rent themselves. Otherwise, we as an organisation will help finance monthly costs through subsidies. Don’t let financial concerns stop you from registering your room with us – our team will work with you to find a suitable way to cover rent expenses.
How does it work?
You register your available room on the website of your local Refugees Welcome country chapter. We will ask you to provide some information about the room and your living situation, as well as what you are looking for in a potential flatmate.
Someone from your local team will contact you to suggest possible matches and assist you in determining who will be the best fit to move into your open room.
Your new flatmate moves in with you! Refugees Welcome will always be available to address any remaining questions or concerns you may have following the match process.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your new flatmate must live in the same conditions that you do. In order to ensure their privacy and stability, we can only accept registrations from hosts offering a standalone bedroom. For privacy reasons, the room must also have a locking door.
A few days after you have registered, someone from our team will reach out to you to clarify any remaining information we need to find a suitable flatmate for you. Depending on the situation, it typically takes 2-4 weeks until someone looking for a flat is able to move in.
Not at all! We are also happy to receive registrations from other kinds of hosts, including families, couples, people living alone, single parents, and more. For the sake of simplicity we typically use the term flatshares, but we are able to carry out matches for a wide variety of living arrangements.
That’s up to you! We do, however, require a minimum period of six months in order to ensure a degree of stability and planning security for the person who will move in with you. In some individual cases, however, we are open to discussing other solutions.
That depends on several factors. If the room is still available and you and your flatmate have had a positive experience with your shared living arrangement, you may decide to continue living together. In some cases this is not possible – not all living arrangements last forever – but we encourage you to support your flatmate in navigating the local housing market and finding new accommodations for the future.
Just like in any flatshare, sometimes shared living arrangements don’t work out. If this happens, you and your flatmate will try to work out a solution together. If a solution cannot be reached, your flatmate might have to find different accommodations.
Generally, your new flatmate will cover their own costs of living. In cases where they are unable to pay the full monthly sum themselves, rent is either financed by the state or paid for through our funds. We have also had great success with microdonations as a funding strategy, in which the flatshare solicits members of its social circle to make small monthly donations (often ranging from 5€ to 50€) to cover rent and other costs. If you opt for this strategy to help cover the cost of someone moving in with you, we will guide you through the process of organising a microdonation campaign. Some of our hosts have also had success with crowdfunding campaigns launched through online platforms such as GoFundMe. However, if you are able to offer a room free of charge, please consider doing so – we always have a need for rent-free accommodations.
No, there are no costs associated with our services and we don’t earn anything from the matching process. Refugees Welcome is a nonprofit association financed through donations. We currently work mainly on a voluntary basis and, as such, financial support means a lot to us. If you have the means to support us, we’d be thrilled to receive your donation. Learn about ways to donate here.
Yes, you can directly support a flatshare! Email us at hi[@]refugees-welcome.net and we will connect you with one.
Register your vacant room
Get in touch with your country’s Refugees Welcome team to register your room!
Can’t find your country on our list? Get in touch with us if you’re interested in starting a Refugees Welcome team in a country that is not yet represented. We will support you every step of the way and can offer ample resources to help you get started. Email us at hi[@]refugees-welcome.net if you’re interested.