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Seeking shared accommodation and wisdom (Hamburg)

Hallo from Canada! I'm coming to Hamburg in June for 2 to 3 months to improve my non-existing German and gain cultural experiences. I've been looking on this website ( Protected content ) For a furnished room for 350€ or less. Now I have some general questions and would appreciate your thoughts and comments.

As I do not have a German or EU bank account, what's the best way for me to make rent and Kaution payment? I'm worried if I make payment in cash, then I have no recourse if the person does not want to give me back the Kaution.

Do people sign an agreement for 2 months stay?

Which are the safe and affordable areas? I've only been to Altona and Winterhude in the past.

Please share your past experiences (lessons learned) and wisdom with this newbie. I would greatly appreciate your time and patience!

Cheers,
Karen

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