Accommodation in Tunis

Accommodation in Tunis
Updated 2022-08-06 19:48

Stretching over 212,63 km², Tunis is the biggest and most densely populated Tunisian city, with around 1,056,247 inhabitants. It is thus deemed to be the national capital city along with being the economic and trade center. Tunis has managed to acquire a developed road and highway network, as well as a strategic airport linked to all national modes of transport.

Thanks to its great dynamism, Tunis has been attracting many Tunisians coming from the rest of the country, as well as expatriates from all around the world. Indeed, Tunis provides various opportunities as well as a range of accommodations in a lively urban setting.

Buy or rent in Tunis?

Foreigners can legally purchase property in Tunis, though with some restrictions.

Whether you decide to buy or rent an apartment in Tunis depends on several factors. Most importantly, how long you plan to stay in the country and, of course, your financial standing.

If you are new to the country, you will probably start by renting an apartment. This will help you get to know the country and make more informed decisions regarding your future plans. Here's what you need to know.

What are the accommodation types available in Tunis?

You will find a variety of accommodation options in Tunisia's capital: from apartments to villas and townhouses. You will also find options for both furnished and unfurnished accommodation. However, most accommodation available for rent will come with at least basic furnishing. If you rent a traditional apartment in an older building, you will most likely be living in a place decorated in a Tunisian style. There is a preference here for apartments with more separate rooms rather than open spaces. Heavy carpeting is also quite common.

On the other hand, if you are renting a place in a modern, newly-built complex in an expat area, you will probably encounter something more “Ikea”.

If you go with an unfurnished apartment, you will pay less in rent. However, you will need to furnish the apartment yourself — and this is something you will need to discuss with the landlord.

Which are the best neighborhoods to live in Tunis?

Most expatriates who have settled in Tunis have chosen the Northwest residential neighborhoods, especially Carthage, La Marsa, Sidi Bou Saïd and Mutuelleville. These are especially popular with expat families due to the presence of international schools.

You might as well like Belvédère, Notre-Dame, El Menzah and Gammarth in the Northern outskirts.

Rent prices in Tunis

Several factors affect the price of rent in Tunis.

First, there is the location. Apartments on the Mediterranean coast typically cost about 30% more than similar apartments inland. Prices increase not only with proximity to the sea but also to the city center, suggesting locations and commercial centers.

Note that the time when you are considering renting in Tunis also matters. As the city is quite popular with tourists, ten prices generally increase starting from April and reach their peak in June. During this time, landlords may also be reluctant to rent out accommodation for the long term and prefer to day-by-day rent instead.

If you don't mind living further away from the city's central neighborhoods, you may find a studio to rent for around 300 dinars (about $100). Prices in the city center will, of course, be higher. Two-bedroom apartments start at about 1,000 dinars ($300), depending on location.

Note, however, that if you want to live in new high-end residential complexes, you should expect much higher rent prices. There are a number of gated communities in Tunis that offer 24/7 security, cuteness facilities, swimming pools, concierge services, and more. Prices here, however, will be substantially higher.

If the budget allows, you may consider renting a townhouse, condo, or villa. These types of accommodation are quite popular in Tunis, especially with large families.

How to find accommodation in Tunis?

Although it might not be an easy task, there are various ways to look for accommodation in Tunis. You may start by browsing offers on the Internet, checking out classified ads in local newspapers, or even seeking the help of a real estate agency. Why not spread the word among your friends, relatives or contacts who are on the spot or directly get in touch with owners?

Good to know:

You are advised to start your housing search beyond summer.

You will also find intermediates who are mandated by owners according to a commission.

In all cases, you will have to be patient as your search may last for one or two months. But if you are already on the spot, you may be luckier.

Moreover, you are likely to find both unfurnished and furnished and equipped housing units.

Good to know:

Lease contracts in Tunisia are valid for a year and renewable. Moreover, tenants are required to pay a deposit which is equal to two months' rent.

Finally, as Tunisia is a rather warm country with a sunny climate and mild temperatures, you might need a heating system in winter and air conditioning in summer.

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