Find accommodation abroad can be quite stressful. Here are some tips to help you find accommodation in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
If you are about to move to Jeddah, you will probably settle in a region where most foreigners are living. The most popular cities in Saudi Arabia are those which are predominated by the petrochemical industry, which is one of the country's main economic pillars. Hence, Jeddah is one of these, as it offers many professional opportunities to qualified foreigners. But finding accommodation will be another main concern.
You will perhaps ask yourself how other expats in Jeddah have found accommodation. It's very simple. Employers generally provide accommodation to their foreign employees. But if you want more freedom, whether alone or with your family, you can choose from a range of villas and apartments available in the city.
Most foreigners, mainly Europeans and Anglo-Saxons, reside in highly secured complexes provided by their employers. These are generally modern and luxurious villas including various amenities. However, rent prices can be quite high, sometimes difficult to sustain, especially when employers only take care of half of the rent. But in the best cases, employers offer to take care not only of housing expenses, but also of transport and school fees if you are moving with your children. On the other hand, you can either shift from one compound to another, or simply relocate to an apartment or villa.
You can start by inquiring on vacant housing units with your friends or colleagues on the spot, or even with your company's human resource department. Otherwise, you can seek the assistance of a specialized real estate agency. You may as well view housing offers on the Internet.
Once you have found appropriate accommodation, make sure to read and understand the terms and conditions of the lease document. These will generally be written in Arabic. Thus, you are advised to request for an English translation of these documents before signing.
Compound rent prices in Jeddah usually range between $ 30,000 and $ 50,000 per year. As regard independent apartments, you will need an average of $ 450 for a single bedroom apartment in the city center and around $ 350 for the same type of apartments in the outskirts. To rent a three bedroom apartment, you will pay around $ 850 in the city center and an average of $ 600 in the outskirts.
As for villas, rent prices vary according to the level of comfort, services attached, furniture and equipment provided, etc.
Good to know:
Due to Jeddah's continuous development and growth, rent prices across the city are constantly rising. This might be a determining factor for foreigners wishing to settle there. So be sure to make the right choices.
You can obtain a list of luxurious villas on the Online Jeddah website.
Expat.com – Housing offers in Jeddah
Expat.com – Jeddah Forum
Jeddah Official Portal www.jeddah.gov.sa
Al Basateen al-basateen.com
Sharbatly Village www.sharbatlyvillage.com
AMC Real Estate www.amcksa.com
Arabian Homes www.arabian-homes.com
Expat Real Estate www.expatrealty.com
Jadawel International www.jadawelinternational.com