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If you are looking forward to settling in Cluj, here is some information on this student city's rental market.

Being one of the major Romanian cities, Cluj is above all famous for its immense historical and cultural heritage, along with bustling economic activities. It is also well known for several sports activities, and events that are held there. Cluj is also a city favoured by young people including both professionals and students. Therefore, living there can prove to be a really enriching experience.

Moreover, the city provides a range of affordable accommodation options for all tastes. But before proceeding, you are advised to determine in which neighbourhood you would prefer to settle and what type of accommodation will best suit your needs.

Neighbourhoods

Located in the heart of Transylvania, Cluj is divided into some twenty neighbourhoods, some of which are especially popular with students.

Naturally, most of the city’s cultural life takes place in the city centre, filled with coffee shops, bars, and various places of interest. If you are looking for a quieter and greener area, consider Gheorgheni and Grigorescu. Gheorgheni was built between the 70s and 80s — this primarily residential neighbourhood is well connected to the city centre and is home to one of Cluj’s biggest shopping mall. Grigorescu, on the other hand, is located further away just opposite the city’s main park. Students often settle in Hasdeu, home to the biggest student campus. The biggest residential neighbourhood in the city is Marasti. While not particularly green, this area is liked by many for its closeness to the city centre and easy access to amenities.

Types of accommodation

You are more likely to find apartments in Cluj compared to other types of accommodation. The city hosts a large number of old looking buildings, which consist not only of residential spaces but also public spaces such as first floor or underground cafes. However, many of these buildings are being demolished and replaced by modern and comfortable ones. But given their symbolism, some buildings will be preserved and maintained in their initial state.

Rent prices

Rent prices in Cluj are particularly high, especially during the beginning of the semester, due to the strong presence of students. Therefore, you can rent a three-bedroom apartment for some 600 euros per month if these are found close to higher education institutions. However, rent prices are more affordable in other regions.

You will need around 400-500 euros for a two-bedroom apartment. Moreover, owners are quite keen towards negotiation once you have occupied the housing unit for a year. Luckily, rent prices are more often decreased, rather than increased.

Find accommodation

If you are already in the city, you can start your housing search in classified ads in local newspapers. However, keep in mind that many ads are posted by real estate agencies and often prices are not the same once you have visited the premises. In some cases, the housing unit can be quite different from their description in the advert.

You can also view housing offers on the Internet, thanks to numerous housing websites and other virtual platforms. But you are advised to check the date on which these ads were posted as rent prices may change, especially at the start of the school semester. Note that flat-sharing is also a common practice in Cluj. All in all, you should not have much trouble finding offers.

Finally, registering with a real estate agency can help you find accommodation more rapidly, according to your criteria and budget. However, you will be required to pay agency fees which are generally equal to a month's rent.

 Useful links:

Imobiliare.ro
Edil
Welt Imobiliare
Erasmus
Max Intermedia

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