As you might have read on the first part of this post, I’ve been living in Milan like a local by renting rooms/apartments with Wimdu. My first experience was more than positive; so I gave it a second try at another apartment and another location in the city, this time on the northern part of Milan.
The booking process was exactly the same as before, and again, it was pretty straight forward.
This new apartment, even though it turned out to be smaller than the previous apartment, was a bit more expensive since it was in a more central location – close to Milano Centrale (Milan’s Central Station).
This time my host was Gio, but the big difference between Gio and my previous host is that this time he was not living (at the moment) in the apartment. I was sharing the apartment with another Wimdu user.
The room, like in the previous apartment, was good and comfortable. The kitchen, on the other hand, was a bit small and uncomfortable, but I’m not so much of a cooker, so I didn’t mind much.
The metro station (Zara station) was 5 minutes walking from the apartment. Restaurants/bars and supermarkets were pretty close too.
During my time at this apartment, I ventured more to explore the north of the city. I walked to Parco Nord (the biggest park in Milan) and Parco Villa Litta, a smaller park but very nice.
Like with the first apartment, this one is not right in the center, but if you like to walk, you can reach Duomo with a 40 minutes walk. Otherwise, the metro is just a few blocks away and the metro line takes you straight to Duomo (or the center) in a matter of minutes.
Comparing between the northern apartment and the southern one (the first one I rented), I would say that the northern area has more options of restaurants from budget to expensive ones, while the southern one is closer to more option of bars and “night out”. Both are about the same distance from the center, but in opposite directions.
Overall, I really liked my experience using Wimdu since I got to interact with people that do live in Milan, learned a bit from them, and got to experience the local life by living in a real apartment (instead of renting a hostel room for a similar price), giving me a new perspective of life in this city.