Living in Malta: accommodation

Are you looking for a flat in Malta? Today I tell you all about areas, prices and where to look for accommodation on the island. Both short and long stays, keep reading:

If you are thinking of moving to the island, you should know that the rental prices are quite expensive. In addition, almost all the real estate business moves through agencies, which take a commission of 50% of the monthly rental price – plus 50% contributed by the owner.

If you have a job in Malta already, I recommend you to look for something nearby, because here public transport doesn´t work very well. If you have a car everything will be much easier on this way and the preferred areas are St. Julian’s, Sliema or Swieqi.

St. Julian’s is the party area, where the famous Paceville is located, it also has beach, supermarkets and a shopping center. In Sliema you’ll find bars and restaurants, a beautiful promenade, rocky beach and the largest shopping center in Malta: The Point. While Swieqi is full of young people and students because it is close to everything and can be cheaper. However, these three are also the most expensive areas, the price per room ranges between € 350 and € 500 with bills included.

On the other hand, Bugibba, Msida or Gzira are also very well located, have supermarkets and are by the sea, although they don´t have much nightlife. The best thing is that they are cheaper cities. In Bugibba I pay € 250 with bills included.

Regarding the issue of water and electricity, when you rent an apartment in Malta you usually pay the bills in advance to the owner -about € 50 in total- together with the rent each month and when the bills arrive, they return the difference or you pay if you spent more than that amount. Personally, I have never had to pay more.

Between short and long lets there are also differences when renting. The price is cheaper if you sign a contract for 6 or more months, and on the contrary, it becomes more expensive if you only look for accommodation for a few months, especially if you come just for the summer season.

The links below will help you with your search of apartment in Malta:

http://www.maltapark.com/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/mjumi/

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