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Are you about to move to Davao? Here are some tips to help you find accommodation in this major Philippine city.

Davao is a metropolitan region and part of the Mindanao islands. It includes Davao City, its capital city, Digos, which is found in the province of Davao del Sur, Tagum, Panabo and Samal. It also includes the municipality of Carmen in the province of Davao del Norte and the municipality of Santa Cruz in the province of Davao del Sur.

The Davao City International Airport is located in one of the province's busiest areas, along with several sea ports. Note that Davao City is also known to be the largest Philippines city in terms of surface area, along with being Mindanao's trade and commercial hub.

Finally, Davao is nicknamed “The Philippines Fruit Basket” as it is an ideal place to relax, to cultivate fruits and enjoy a delightful local cuisine, especially in the China Town.

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Most expatriates in Davao have settled in Ecoland, located near the SM City Mall in Davao City, in the first instance, until they get acquainted with the region, enough to look for a long-term rental.

Find accommodation

There are various ways to look for accommodation in Davao, namely Internet, real estate agencies and relocation companies. But according to testimonies of expatriates living in the country, it is best to be on the spot to have more chances of finding accommodation according to your criteria. We are also providing you with a few useful links at the end of this article.


You are advised not to settle for a long term-rental before your arrival in the country as some owners may be dishonest regarding housing offers and rent prices.

You can also inquire about vacant housing with your friends and contacts on the spot. If you are already on the spot, feel free to stroll around different neighborhoods so as to identify available housing units. In some regions, you can find “For rent” signs on nailed on trees and on electricity poles.

In case you have chosen a relocating company, the latter will definitely help you find accommodation according to your criteria. However, this can be quite expensive and is more ideal in the case of a professional expatriation whereby your employer is taking care of all costs. Finally, real estate agencies seem to be the most appropriate solution, especially if you do not understand the local languages such as Visayan, Bisayan, Ilonggo and Cebuano.

Rent prices

In general, you will need around euros per month for a single-bedroom apartment in the city-center against 90 euros in the outskirts. To rent a three-bedroom apartment, you will need around 265 euros in the city-center and some 220 euros in the outskirts.


Lease documents in Davao are similar to those applied elsewhere in the country. In general, rent has to be settled either 6 months or 1 year in advance. You will also have to make a deposit which is equal to two months rent and pay another month's rent upon signing the lease contract. Note that the rent price can be negotiated with the owner, especially once you have performed an inventory of the housing unit. This is also advised when you vacate the premises, even if the owner does not seem to be interested in doing so.

 Useful links:

Expat.com – Accommodation in Davao Forum
Expat.com – Housing in Davao
Davao Official Portal www.davaocity.gov.ph
Property 24 www.property24.com.ph
Craiglist davaocity.craigslist.com.ph
Olx www.olx.ph

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