Accommodation in Spain

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Expats will discover that finding good quality, reasonably priced accommodation in Spain is relatively easy. Of course, prices vary enormously depending on where one wants to live, with the best parts of major cities still being expensive.

Renting property in Spain

An apartment in Spain
Most expats will opt for renting property in Spain, at least at first. Expats – and particularly those wishing to rent in Barcelona, Madrid or Seville – will find that their options are limited to furnished or unfurnished apartments in the downtown areas, and a few maisonettes and chalets in the suburbs.
The rule of thumb is that the closer to the city centre one lives, the higher the rent becomes. It’s therefore strongly advised that expats look to secure some kind of accommodation stipend in their employment contracts. It is not uncommon for housing costs to account for a significant percentage of someone's monthly expenses if their salary is based on Spanish levels of pay.
Unsurprisingly, house-sharing – that is, renting an individual room in a larger house shared with other people – is a popular option for foreigners relocating to Spain. Expats are encouraged to conduct online searches and to check local newspapers for listings of this kind. Be aware, however, that leases in Spain are generally signed on a year-long basis and are secured with a down payment of between two and six months' rent.

Factors to consider when house-hunting in Spain

The standard of accommodation in Spain is generally good, although apartments can sometimes be relatively small; this is more often true of newer apartments than older ones. The latter can be surprisingly large and offer plenty of space, with some having an outside terrace (usually when they are on the ground or first floor).
While shipping to Spain – particularly from within the EU – is a viable option, expats won't have much difficulty buying furniture to suit their new home after arriving in the country. Most Spanish cities boast a large range of second-hand and antique stores, while modern superstores such as IKEA can also be found.
Home security will not be a critical issue for expats relocating to Spain. Although petty theft and minor break-ins do occur in some neighbourhoods, these crimes are rarely violent – and expats have reported time and again that they feel safe in their homes in Spain.

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