If you wish to discover the Spanish and Andalusian cultural and traditional heritage, Sevilla may be the ideal city for you. Here is an overview.
Sevilla is known to be Andalusia's economic, political and cultural center. It is also the Sevilla province's capital city and Andalusia's major city, as well as one of Europe's main tourist and expat destinations. Every year, thousands of young professionals and students move there in order to benefit from its job and study opportunities and to discover its historical and cultural heritage. Hence the growth of its rental market.
In fact, you can easily find accommodation in Sevilla: studios, apartments, individual houses and villas. Students can also rent a room or opt for flat-sharing if they prefer cheaper accommodation. Before moving there, take the time to familiarize yourself with Sevilla's different neighborhoods and its inhabitants' lifestyle.
Located in the Andalusian region, Sevilla's neighborhoods are quite specific and traditional. With more than 700,000 inhabitants, Sevilla is divided into eleven districts, namely Bellavista, Palmeran, Casco Antiguo which is the city's historical center, Cerro, Amate, Este, Alcosa, Torreblanca, Los Remedios, Macarena, Nervión, San Pablo, Santa Justa, Triana and the Northern and Southern districts. These districts are, in turn, divided in several neighborhoods, the most popular being El Centro, Triana, Nervión, Heliopolis, La Macarena, Los Remedios, Santa Cruz, La Magdalena, etc.
El Centro, which is Sevilla's city center, hosts not only a range of housing options but also the Museum of Fine Arts, as well as Nueva, San Francisco and Encarnacion plazas, commercial streets, just like Santa Cruz. Macarena, for its part, is deemed to be an authentic neighborhood with shops, bars, restaurants, pubs, etc.
Triana, although a bit far from the city center, is known be a part of Sevilla's historical center with its huge cultural and architectural heritage. As regards residential neighborhoods, you have San Vicente, Heliopolis, Nervion, Los Remedios, etc. Nervion also has an outdoor cinema, parks, a shopping mall and small shops as well as quality restaurants and bars.
Given the different types of housing available in Sevilla, rent prices vary according to the different areas as well as comfort level. However, these are lower in Sevilla than in other major Spanish cities.
Therefore, you will need an average of 370 euros to rent a two-bedroom apartment and between 550 and 600 euros for a three-bedroom apartment. A four-bedroom apartment and a house usually cost as from 650 euros monthly.
If you opt for room sharing, you will need some 180 euros per month, excluding electricity and phone bills and other charges while a studio will cost about 250 euros per month.
If you are already on the spot, you can register with a real estate agency for more chances of finding accommodation as per your criteria. You can also check out accommodation offers on the internet and in classified ads in local newspapers.
Available in Sevilla, El Cambalache is a special publication that is dedicated to all types of ads. You can purchase it thrice a week for 2 euros. You can also check its website to have an idea about types of accommodation and rent prices. However, owners' contacts are published on the newspaper itself.
Good to know:
Summer holidays, that is from June to July, seem to be the best moment to look for accommodation in Sevilla like in the rest of the country. In winter, on the other hand, that is in September, you are less likely to find accomodation. In fact, most vacant housing offers can be found in the middle of the year, before holidays.
In all cases, it is best to find a short term rental on your arrival. Once you have settled, you can then take the time to look for long term housing as per your criteria.