2015-07-27 14:34:43

Cebu is one of the most popular Philippines cities as it provides not only various opportunities but also a range of accommodation for expats.

If you are moving to Cebu, you are probably wondering how to find accommodation there. Here is how to proceed.

Located in the Visayas region, at 750 km from Manila and West of the Negros Island, Cebu is one of the major Philippine provinces. In shape, it is a rather long and narrow island, including Mactan, Bantayan, Malapascua, Olango and the Camotes islands which are very popular with tourists. Cebu City, the capital city, is also known for being the country's oldest city.


Cebu City is found within the Cebu metropolitan area which includes six neighboring cities, namely Carcar City, Danao City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Bogo and Talisay, as well as six other municipalities. The area hosts the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, located on Mactan Island and is about thirty minutes drive from Cebu City.

Cebu is deemed to be one of the country's most developed provinces, being an important dynamic commercial, industrial, educational and exchange hub. It also hosts many places of attractions and facilities such as five-star hotels, casinos, white sand beaches, world-class golf courses, convention centers, shopping malls, etc.

Find accommodation

You can start your accommodation search in Cebu, as in anywhere else in the Philippines, by browsing offers on the Internet. You are very likely to find long-term rentals if you intend to make a long stay in the country. However, it is best to be on the spot so that you can tour the different neighborhoods and visit the premises once you have found the one which best suits your needs.

In most cases, and it applies to the rest of the country, real estate agencies are the best way to find proper accommodation at affordable prices for rent.

 Good to know:

Most expatriates in Cebu have settled in Maria Luisa, Northtown, Sunny Hills, Sylver Hills, Santo Nino Village, Garden Ridge, Paradise Village and Country Club Village. In fact, you are more likely to find individual houses and small condominiums having a swimming pool in these areas.

Rent prices

In general, you will need between 1,200 and 1,400 euros per month for a three-bedroom apartment in Cebu. Note that the owner may request you to pay 6 months or a year's rent in advance along with a deposit which is equal to 2 to 3 months rent. As regards recovering the deposit, you will have to be very patient and be diplomatic towards the owner.

 Useful links:

Expat.com - Accommodation in Cebu Forum 
Expat.com - Housing in Cebu 
Official site of the city of Cebu www.cebucity.gov.ph
Craiglist cebu.craigslist.com.ph
Cebu classifieds www.cebuclassifieds.com
Rentpad rentpad.com.ph
Rent.ph www.rent.ph

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