Along with Finding work in Malta, finding a place to live will undoubtedly be a top priority. Despite the small size of the island, you have plenty of choice when it comes to what type of surroundings you want to live in.
Find A Flat In Malta
My search started disappointingly; I made a few email enquiries and sent out around a dozen messages to people who had advertised places on Facebook groups, but got nowhere. The only positive response I got via Facebook led to me waiting to meet a guy named Jason who later told me he had forgotten. Estate agencies were friendly, but all winced when I mentioned my budget.
I eventually found a place by looking in the classified adverts in the Times of Malta and calling the number there:
Christina picked us up and took us to a couple of places, one of which I paid the first month’s rent for that day, and moved into the next. One thing I would advise about the Maltese property market is:
Be prepared to move quickly!
I paid a month’s rent in advance (€600), as well as a deposit equal to two months rent (€1200) and an agent’s fee (€300). With the deposit being so hefty, I have gone through the flat and taken photos of everything that might come back as a problem later, uploaded them into a Google Drive folder and sent the link to the landlord.
I feel like we have got decent value for money with the flat, it’s modern and comes with everything you need to get started, such as TV, kitchen utensils and bedding. For the first big shop I used Greens online supermarket, but have since moved onto Park Towers Supermarket.