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Posted by ameliah
on 9 Aug 2016
Single Female moving to Al Khobar to work as Business Lecturer. Will I be able to rent accommodation in a compound? and access the gym?
Meagan on 10 Aug 2016
Hi there,

I would recommend that you rent accommodation in a compound, because Saudi Arabia's religious police don't patrol these areas. As a single woman, it's not likely you'd be able to rent outside a compound in any case.

If you want to gym in Saudi Arabia, make sure the compound you choose has its own gym, because you won't be allowed to use a regular public gym as a woman. 

You may find the Women in Saudi Arabia page useful as an overview, and there is a write-up on expat compounds on the Accommodation in Saudi Arabia page. 

Best of luck.

Meagan
Anonymous (not verified) on 10 Aug 2016
thank you that is really helpful
Anonymous (not verified) on 10 Aug 2016
thank you do they have one bedroom apartments within compounds? any idea on cost
Meagan on 11 Aug 2016
Hi there,

Yes, most compounds do have one-bedroom apartments available from what I can gather. But waiting lists can be long. Your company might be able to help you find something, and lots of expats are able to negotiate a package that includes accommodation organised and paid for by the company.

I found some figures from February 2015 which put the price of a one-bedroom apartment in a compound starting at 50k a year and up. 80k seemed to be a common figure, too.

Regards
Meagan

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