I am going in a German city (Ulm) from October till December. "As the time frame will only be 3 months – I suggest to find accommodation on a business travel basis."

What does this mean? I have never lived in Germany before. I mean now that I am going to search for accommodation (in immobilienscout for example), what different should I do from when searching for longer-term accommodation?

Edit: This is advice from the HR. I am Greek, a European citizen. Purpose is to work on a project there. Budget: as much as it needs. Research: Found the site I mentioned above. Question: Business travel basis accommodation? <- what does it mean?

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    Is this a quote from a website or advice from a contact? You may get a better answer if you provide more information eg your nationality, the purpose of your visit, your budget, the research you’ve done up to now and a specific question arising from that
    – Traveller
    Aug 19, 2018 at 12:22
  • It's hard to understand, but it sounds like you are being advised to search for corporate apartments rather than a normal rental arrangement.
    – Calchas
    Aug 19, 2018 at 12:49
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    @Calchas "corporate apartments", yes that's sound correct! So instead of searching the internet for "accommodation in Ulm", I should search for "corporate apartments in Ulm", right? If yes, then I think you should post an answer (I updated my question with further information BTW).
    – gsamaras
    Aug 19, 2018 at 12:58
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    For me, it would mean using the same rules you would apply for regular business travel (I.e. hotels). However for 3 months that does seem a bit expensive, I would opt at least for serviced apartments (also known as “apparthotels”), which are somewhere in between regular hotels and short term lettings, or a short term furnished rental. Of course, they definitely exclude you entering into a long term lease, moving or buying furniture, etc. The specifics will probably vary based on whether you will be there the full time or go back and forth.
    – jcaron
    Aug 19, 2018 at 13:14
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    Honestly, the only person that can tell you what they mean by "on a business travel basis" is the person who said this. You can already see this here, where one person says it means "not a hotel" and another person says it means "what you would normally do on a business trip, i.e. a hotel". Aug 19, 2018 at 15:18

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The phrase in question very simply means that you should seek a

  • "corporate apartment"

  • "long-term holiday accommodation"

  • "holiday flat"

  • "serviced apartments"

rather than

  • a hotel

That's all they mean.

Using something like "homeaway.com" (by far the largest, they bought-out all their competitors), it's very easy to find "long-term rentals".

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    Monteurzimmer is also a common term for flats for people on a work-party-sleep schedule.
    – Janka
    Aug 19, 2018 at 15:36

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