Given the number of tourists and expatriates who have preferred Sibiu, finding accommodation there should not be a difficult task. Here is how to proceed.
Sibiu is, above all, a tourist city where you will not only enjoy walking around but also a calm environment and serene lifestyle. In fact, it is the ideal place for those who wish to discover and learn more about the Romanian culture and history. Being one of the country's major and oldest cities, it has been highly influenced by the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque times which still reflect upon its architecture.
If you wish to settle in Sibiu, take the time to inquire on its different neighborhoods so as to determine which one better meets your criteria. But in general, finding accommodation there should not be a difficult task.
Sibiu is deemed to be one of the most important Romanian cities, although it is less populated than the other conglomerations. In fact, its population, to date, amounts to some 170,000 inhabitants. Located in the heart of the country, in the South of Transylvania, the city is divided into several zones and neighborhoods.
In the first instance, the Ville Basse and the Ville Haute make up the Old City. You then have Val d’Or, Hippodrome I-IV, Vasile Aaron, Piata Cluj, Strang and Tiglari, which are its neighborhoods. Finally, the outskirts, including Turnisor and Gusterita which were formerly considered as villages, have become an essential part of the urban landscape.
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Sibiu's population consists not only of Romanians but also small Hungarian and German communities who account for 2% and 1.6% of the whole respectively. Expatriates having come from other countries, for their part, account for 1,4% of the population.
Types of accommodation
As Sibiu is a very popular tourist city, it provides a range of accommodation options which are in a good state, despite the city's ancient looks. Indeed, ancient buildings that are found in different neighborhoods are well maintained while preserving their original aspects. You can thus find two or three-storey residential houses, as well as houses that have been converted into offices or tourist houses etc. You will also find apartments, studios, etc.
In general, rent prices in Sibiu are more affordable than in other central Romanian cities, despite its tourism aspect. For instance, you can rent a studio for some 925 lei per month and a big family apartment for around 1,700 lei per month. In some neighborhoods, rent prices range between 645 lei and 1,145 lei per month for studios and a three bedroom apartment respectively.
It is recommended to register with a real estate agency during your housing hunt in Sibiu. Indeed, these will not only notify you regarding latest housing offers but will also guide and advise you regarding your choice. This will also help you find accommodation more rapidly. However, you should be ready to pay agency fees which generally amount to a month's half or full rent, varying from one agency to another.
You can also browse housing websites, dedicated pages on social networks and other virtual platforms. Finally, classified ads in local newspapers can also help, provided you understand Romanian and you inquire about the property before proceeding further as these are often advertised by real estate agencies as well.
Expat.com – Housing in Sibiu
Imobilare – Real estate agencies in Sibiu www.imobiliare.ro/agentii
Intermed casa www.intermedcasa.ro
De toate pentru toti www.detoatepentrutoti.ro