Accommodation in Jeddah

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Updated 2020-04-22 14:03

Jeddah is often dubbed the 'New York' of Saudi Arabia. It is heavily populated, hosting the most diverse expat community in the region. With millions of foreigners calling Jeddah home, the allure of finding accommodation can get a bit hectic.

Jeddah is a commercial hub; here, you can find the most significant retail sectors. Many merchants stock their businesses from stock that is produced/sold in Jeddah to be then sold across the country. Jeddah is home to many of the larger distribution centres in Saudi Arabia including PEPSI and UNILEVER. The city hosts the headquarters of the national carrier - Saudia. With its historical significance and location, overlooking the Red Sea, the maritime capital of the Kingdom is a good place for living. While the whole country is under the influence of ongoing reforms, for a long time, Jeddah has been famous for a more relaxed and comfortable atmosphere and lifestyle.

Due to Jeddah's long history of diverse expats, the society and economy have come to reflect the different ethnic communities in the area. You will find entire neighbourhoods that are occupied both domestically and commercially by people that originate from the same home country. 

Types of accommodation in Jeddah

You'll find in Jeddah:

  • Rentals ranging from cheap to very expensive. The spectrum of rental prices allows for many options.
  • Shared accommodation
  • Apartment buildings
  • Villas for rent
  • Compounds 

Rent prices in Jeddah

Rental market prices in Jeddah generally vary and fluctuate with the demand. Location and size are two factors that play a part in pricing. On average, you can expect the following:

  • Studio (room with open kitchen, bathroom) - 10,000 - 15,000 SAR/per year
  • 1-Bedroom (kitchen, bedroom, washroom) - 17,000 - 20,000 SAR/per year
  • 2-Bedroom (a living room, bedroom, kitchen, washroom) - 20,000 SAR - 50-000 SAR/month
  • 3-bedroom (a living room, 2 bedrooms, kitchen, washroom) - 30,000 SAR -120,000 SAR/month

Expect prices to go up with the increase in the number of rooms and/or age of the dwelling.

House hunting in Jeddah

Accommodation search in Jeddah is pretty much standard practice. It is best that you explore certain areas where you would like to be situated and physically visit the neighbourhood. Vacancies in residential buildings are commonly indicated with signage out front with a phone number to inquire. All apartments have either a superintendent or a landlord on-site who will happily show you any vacancies they have.

Jeddah has a lot of housing options to choose from, so negotiating on the rental price is advisable. There are competitors everywhere that will meet your needs at a reasonable price; so don't settle until you find the best deal.

 Useful links:

OLX
eSimsar.com
Zaahib
Listaproperty
Bayut.sa

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