New arrivals in Cardiff will have accommodation near the top of their list of priorities. Fortunately, the Welsh capital offers a medley of housing options in a variety of areas and suburbs, and house hunters will undoubtedly be able to find something to suit their lifestyle and budget.
Most of Cardiff is well served by excellent transport links, so whether new arrivals choose an apartment in the bustling city centre or a larger freestanding house in one of the leafy village-like suburbs, commuting to work shouldn't be much of an issue.
Types of accommodation in Cardiff
Cardiff is quite small, but its various neighbourhoods are decidedly non-generic, and new arrivals will have their pick of an eclectic range, from quirky inner-city pockets and glitzy blocks of high-rises to quiet family-friendly suburbs on the outskirts. Accommodation ranges from big modern apartments and studios to affordable rowhouses and large Edwardian family homes – it just depends on the house hunter's style, budget and needs.
New arrivals will also be happy to learn that rent on flats, whether they're in Cardiff's city centre, Cardiff Bay or any of the city's upmarket neighbourhoods, are much cheaper than in the likes of London – often less than half the price.
Some of the city's architecture is stunningly preserved, and there are plenty of renovated apartment blocks that come with all the required luxuries and modern amenities that residents could hope for.
Finding accommodation in Cardiff
For those newcomers who haven't arranged accommodation prior to their arrival, we recommend renting short-term accommodation as a base while they house hunt for a longer term solution.
A good place to start is reputable property sites, or property pages on social networks. News sites will also often have property sections to browse. Alternatively, a good letting agency can be very helpful, as agents can advise regarding districts that would be most suitable to an individual's needs, and they can provide a more in-depth look at the renting options in Cardiff. House hunters should note that letting agencies will only show properties they have listed in their portfolio, so it's always a good idea to visit several.
Renting accommodation in Cardiff
When the search is finally over and a house hunter has found something to their liking, they will need to submit an application as soon as possible, as they are likely to face some competition from other prospective renters, particularly in popular areas. Applicants are typically required to hand over references and information about their credit history. Those without renting and credit histories in Wales or the UK may still be approved, but perhaps at a slightly inflated price.
In most cases, tenants will need to pay a deposit equivalent to one or two months' rent, but if expats lack a local credit history or references they may be asked to provide up to six months' rent upfront. This is most commonly the case with letting agencies but not always private landlords, so renters without the funds for this kind of expense may do well to opt for private leasing.
Flats available for rent are let by agencies or directly by private landlords. The typical long-term lease is for six months or a year. Rental rates vary according to the size of the property, the location and the level of furnishing.
Utilities and council tax aren't typically included in the cost of rent and are an extra expense for the tenant. Renters should keep this in mind when budgeting for housing expenses.
Newcomers will be able to find furnished, unfurnished or partially furnished flats in Cardiff, depending on their needs. It's important to note that 'furnished' properties vary significantly, so be sure to confirm what furniture, lighting, curtains and appliances are included in the property beforehand.
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