Accommodation in Aberdeen
Finding a suitable home in the right location is essential to ensure a positive expat experience of Aberdeen. Manoeuvring around an unfamiliar city and its property market is always a challenge for new arrivals, so expats should do some groundwork before they move. Most expats rent rather than buy a home in Aberdeen, at least initially.
Expats should take some time to familiarise themselves with the various areas and suburbs in Aberdeen to narrow down their choices. Other factors expats should decide on before starting their search for accommodation include the type of property they wish to live in, their budget and the proximity of an area to work, schools and public transport.
Most expats save time by using the services of estate agents who make it easier to find properties that meet their requirements.
Types of accommodation in Aberdeen
From Aberdeen’s distinctive granite townhouses to luxury apartments, expats are sure to find a home that meets their needs.
New arrivals will find fully-furnished, semi-furnished and unfurnished accommodation options in Aberdeen. Expats short-term assignments for work will likely want to opt for fully-furnished housing. However, those searching for unfurnished accommodation should find it easy to purchase reasonably priced furniture.
Expats on a tight budget will find plenty of houseshare options in Aberdeen, especially as it's a university city. Renting an individual room in a larger house shared with others is a popular option among students and young expats starting out in Aberdeen.
Finding accommodation in Aberdeen
Finding property in Aberdeen can be a challenge for new arrivals who don’t have much knowledge of the local market. Some expats will be lucky enough to have their accommodation arranged by their employer but, for those who need to find a home on their own, there are a number of resources that can assist.
Before moving to Aberdeen, expats should peruse property portals online to get an idea of what's available within their budget. While it is possible to deal directly with property owners, most new arrivals enlist the services of an estate agent who has local knowledge about Aberdeen’s property market and can alert clients about properties before they are even advertised.
Renting accommodation in Aberdeen
The terms of tenancy agreements can vary. Generally, landlords rent their properties for between six months and a year. Expats looking for accommodation in Aberdeen for a shorter assignment will be able to find some rental properties available for less than six months.
A deposit equal to one or two months’ rent is typically required. Some landlords or agents may require references from the expat's employer or previous landlord, so it is always best to have these ready.
Before committing to a contract, expats should find out whether utilities are included in the rental price. In most cases, expats will need to budget for gas and electricity bills as an additional cost. They will also need to factor in the cost of council tax. Other optional utilities expats might need to consider include the cost of a telephone line and broadband. There are a number of service providers which offer deals on internet and telephone calls if purchased together.