How much choice you have here will depend on your reasons for moving abroad. If you’ve secured a job abroad, then you’ll already which country and probably which city you’re going to be renting in. You can also conduct some pretty well-informed research on the areas of that city based on proximity to your new job and public transport routes to that location.The same goes for students who have secured a place at an overseas university. You can research which areas in that city are popular among students and offer reasonable prices.Others moving abroad might have a lot more freedom when choosing a place to rent, if you’ve just decided you want a change of scenery, for example. In this case, the world is pretty much your oyster. You might already have a list of countries that you’d love to live in, so do lots of research into these places, focusing on things like cost and quality of living, and availability of rental properties.
There are plenty of different types of rental properties available on the market, and these may differ from one country or city to the next. For example, there are studio apartments, regular apartments of varying sizes, houses, villas, condos, and plenty of other options. So, it’s all about finding the kind of property that suits your needs.
The first thing to consider is the size of the property you need. If you’re moving by yourself then a studio or small apartment would be suitable, whereas expats moving with their family would need a larger apartment or family home to accommodate them. Budget is another important consideration as prices will vary greatly depending on the type and size of each property.
Other than these two factors, choosing the type of accommodation you rent is mostly down to personal preference and tastes. Do you dream of a high-rise apartment in the heart of a city or a beach-side villa in a more relaxed environment?
Choosing a property to rent shouldn’t be something that you rush into, so it will likely take a lot of research before you move and once you arrive in your new city. It might sound scary moving to a new city without a rental property already secured, but it stops you from having to rush into something that turns out to be a bad decision.
The best thing to do is find temporary accommodation in the area you’re moving to, such as a holiday home, serviced apartment. This takes some pressure off having to find somewhere to live immediately when you arrive, allowing you to search in your own time.