How to Find an Apartment for Rent in Vietnam

How to find an apartment for rent in Vietnam

How to find an apartment for rent in Vietnam

(c) common shared apartments or serviced apartments

Just like what I talked about why you should move to Vietnam, I told you how easy and relatively affordable it is to find an apartment or housing in Vietnam. Finding an apartment in Hanoi compared to finding an apartment in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) can be tricky but with the right information, you should find your ideal next “home” in this country in no time!

In this article, you will find the best ways to find a shared apartment in Vietnam, finding your own apartment in Vietnam, or if you prefer a standard home, I will talk about finding your own house in Vietnam too.

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WHAT IS A SHARED APARTMENT IN VIETNAM

A shared apartment is the most comment and probably the most affordable housing in Vietnam. In this setup, you will live with other housemates where you have your own private room, a private bathroom if you prefer, a shared kitchen and a shared living area. I personally live in a shared apartment here in Ho Chi Minh City, I chose this type of housing mainly because I want to make sure that I will meet other expats. Plus, it’s more affordable.

COST: ranges between $200-$350 or higher for a more luxurious shared apartment

INCLUSION: cleaning service, WiFi, cable (sometimes) water, parking (of motorbike, which is normally by the door at the common area), basic furniture (bed, table, cabinet)

EXCLUSION: electricity, service management fee (sometimes included)

PROS: best way to meet people, affordable, can be short-term (6 months or more) or long-term renting (1 year or more)

CONS: limited privacy, most pets are not allowed, not suitable for expats with children

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SERVICED APARTMENT AND STUDIO APARTMENT IN VIETNAM

A serviced apartment is a room in a building, where all furniture is provided. Your room has the basic room needs such as bathroom, bedroom, and a kitchen which has division from each other. This type of an apartment receives a lot of extra services such as weekly cleaning (or more frequent), water, internet, and cable. Whilst a studio apartment is a room where the basic room needs are in the same usage area, meaning no division between the kitchen, living room, and the bedroom. Cleaning services are mostly not included.

COST: ranges between $400-$600 or higher depending on the location and inclusions

INCLUSION: cleaning service, WiFi, cable (sometimes) water, parking (of motorbike, which is normally by the door at the common area), basic furniture (bed, table, cabinet)

EXCLUSION: electricity, service management fee (sometimes included)

PROS: more privacy, less worry about maintenance of the house, medium price

CONS: can be short-term or long-term – often 6 months or 1-year minimum contract, most pets are not allowed, not suitable for expats with children

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RENTING YOUR OWN APARTMENT IN VIETNAM

If your budget permits, get your own apartment and enjoy a spacious and fully furnished apartment. Apartments can be pricey depending on your preferred location.

COST: ranges between $450-$1,000 or higher depending on the location and inclusions

INCLUSION: cleaning service, WiFi, cable (sometimes) water, basic furniture (bed, table, cabinet), luxurious facilities such as gym, swimming pool (depending on the price of the apartment)

EXCLUSION: electricity, parking (sometimes included), service management fee (sometimes included)

PROS: a spacious and all privacy you needed, good for expats families, sometimes pets are allowed

CONS: long-term – often 1-year minimum contract, can be pricey, can be not suitable for expats with children or pets

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RENTING YOUR OWN HOUSE

Renting your own house is possible too, this is a good option for expats in Vietnam who has a pet or children since houses can normally come with garden area. However, houses can cost a lot of money and the services such as management and cleaning are not included. Which means that it will be your job to find a cleaning personnel or someone to fix certain issues in the house.

COST: $1,000 and up depending on the location, size, and inclusions

INCLUSION: furniture (sometimes not included), parking lot, internet (sometimes included)

EXCLUSION: electricity, water, cable, internet, parking (sometimes included), service management fee (sometimes included depending on your real estate agent)

PROS: a spacious and all privacy you needed, good for expats families with children or pets

CONS: long-term – often 1 or 2-year minimum contract, can be pricey, service management is often not included

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WAYS TO TO FIND AN APARTMENT FOR RENT IN VIETNAM

  • Facebook Groups – the easiest and fastest way is to join the active Facebook group for housing in Vietnam. Check out this list for the best and most active Facebook expat groups in Vietnam.
  • Craiglist – Vietnam has its own craigslist which is a good source as well. This is also perfect when finding the furniture you need in your new apartment.
  • Bandongsan.vn – an online platform where you can find the latest posting for apartments in the whole Vietnam. Even this in Vietnamese, just click your “translate in English” and you should find your way around. Don’t click the English website, since this is mostly empty.
  • Contact a real estate agent – on my own experience, there are loads of real estate agents that you will come across on Facebook groups. Send them a message to a couple of them with the information what exactly you are looking for and your budget, they will help you find you your preferred apartment.

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WHAT TO REMEMBER WHEN FINDING AN APARTMENT PLUS TIPS

  • You need to have a work permit or a business visa to be able to sign up an apartment. Although a lot of real estate agents will let you sign up with a tourist visa, keep in mind that you are taking a risk by doing this. Especially if you are working on a tourist visa as well. >>Read type of visas in Vietnam
  • It is common that you will be asked to pay at least one month (two months is normal too) in advance plus a deposit (one month or more).
  • Make sure that you have your name and right dates of occupancy on the contract to avoid any illegalities.
  • Always ask for a viewing before agreeing, signing or paying anything in advance.
  • Ask your landlord for plenty of options on ways to pay your monthly dues.
  • Ask for the feedback from the expat community about the area of your possible new apartment (safety of the neighbourhood, does it flood during rainy season).
  • Check if its suitable for your need (distance to your work, public transportation, child, and pet-friendly).

 

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  • Mary
  • October 31, 2017

About the Author

Mary is a long-term traveller, she is currently living in Vietnam. Although she fell in love with many things about this country, her favourite is the Vietnamese food and the fact that you can travel Vietnam easily. She aims to share her knowledge as an expat in Vietnam for people who are planning to move here and start a new life like what she did.

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