When you first arrive in any city, the first thing you’ll need to do is find somewhere to live.
Unfortunately, with Malaga now forging a reputation abroad, it is more difficult than ever to find an apartment or house with prices soaring and increasing numbers of landlords choosing to target holidaymakers to fill their properties.
However, if you follow the advise below, you should be in your pad in no time!
Tips & tricks
- If there is a phone number on an ad, call. It is quite common not to respond to requests through website portals. Worst still, many landlords will leave the ad up long after the room or apartment has been taken.
- Keep in mind that when renting through estate agents, you will have to pay them approximately one month’s rent for their assistance, plus one month’s rent as a deposit.
- Don’t want to rent through a real estate agent? Look for ‘particular’ when checking the ad.
- ‘Exterior’ in an ad means that the apartment has windows that face the street. A lot of houses only have inside windows, that face a patio or opposing wall. Great in summer to keep the sun and heat out, not so great in winter.
- Many landlords will only want students as their tenants. In this case, expect to pay the ‘Erasmus price’ (ie. anything in excess of 350 euros for a room in a shared house).
Where should I look?
World famous website for short-term rents, with the choice between a private room, a shared room, and a whole apartment or house. Bear in mind that an account is needed when renting through Airbnb.
Website with a focus on apartment sharing, so ideal when looking for a furnished place with costs to share. Long-term rent only, so look on Airbnb for short-term stay.
Similar to Idealista, though with a couple of other functions, such as the possibility to look for obra nuevas or newly built houses, and vacacional or holiday rentals.
Modern looking website for buying and renting in the whole of Spain, including Málaga. Its new ‘draw your own map’ function allows you to identify a specific area in which you would like to find a piso.