I'm Belgian and last year I went to work in France. I was employed but couldn't even open a bank account, transfer my current account from Belgium or even rent an apartment... I quickly understood then that the European Union was set up for the banks and big businesses. I certainly didn't feel European then and don't consider myself European anymore ( if I ever did ). I'm back in Belgium now and I'm Belgian, NOT European.
Whether you can rent, open a bank account and are liable and beneficiary to social security depends much on the time horizon and your employment situation. For a longer term stay without definite time horizon, you normally need to apply as a resident. Real estate agencies normally require an application form (not the residency card as this may take time) to allow renting. While you are in a B&B or a hotel, you are still considered a 'tourist'. During 4 years I have been a resident in a neighbouring country. Some family members are both residents and citizens in another EU member state. Yet they are allowed to keep their Belgian citizenship ans so do their children, born abroad.
I am sorry but millions of EU citizens actually manage to open a bank account in the EU country they move to because of work and find an apartment... (show your job contract) a you must have done something wrong ....
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