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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 05, 2023

Summary: Many expats and digital nomads move to Morocco for its unique culture, beautiful landscapes, and affordable cost of living. People can find a place to live in Morocco by searching online for rental properties, or by asking around in the local community. The most popular cities for expats and digital nomads in Morocco are Marrakech, Casablanca, and Rabat. These cities offer a variety of activities, attractions, and amenities that make them attractive to expats and digital nomads.

What do I need to know before moving to Morocco?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Morocco, they said:

"Before moving to Morocco, it is important to familiarize yourself with a few key things. Due to the amalgamation of cultures, languages, and religions, it is essential to be open-minded and respectful of the country's diversity. Additionally, it is recommended to have knowledge of the necessary documents and permits for an extended stay. In addition, understand the local climate and geography, so that the transition can be as smooth as possible. Health insurance is also an important factor to consider when preparing to move. Additionally, learn the basics of the langauge so that you can effectively communicate with locals, and familiarize yourself with the local currency. Taking the time to research current news and information about the country is essential for a successful move. Finally, research the housing situation and local job market ahead of time," explained one expat living in Morocco.

"Morocco is quite expensive if you are moving the united state of america , you home should be pay off before the move and quiet nice a plan to support you familly for at least 2 years before you can start generating money in morocco , be careful of the scammers and they are in full force in the country and best wishes and good luck," said another expat in Mohammedia .

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How do I find a place to live in Morocco?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"In order to find a place to live in Morocco, you can start by searching online for property listings, such as on websites like Airbnb or housing websites including Officity or Jumia House. Renting or buying property in Morocco usually requires a resident permit, so it is important to check with the local municipality to see what is required. You can also use online classified and discussion forums, such as Jebelbreeze or Expat-blog, to ask members for advice or recommendations on property and the local housing situation. Additionally, talking to local real estate agents and checking property listings in local newspapers can also be helpful for finding a place to live in Morocco," explained one expat living in Morocco.

"I had bought a small villa in 2000 the neighbohood is nice but quiet far from the center the city," said another expat in Mohammedia .

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What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Morocco?

"Most expat homes or apartments in Morocco are modern, western-style dwellings with large windows and high ceilings, located in residential suburbs of larger cities. They usually have a balcony, a large kitchen and plenty of storage space. These dwellings are usually housed in large compounds with shared facilities such as pools and tennis courts. Reliable utilities are provided and the internet is generally of good quality. Security is also high with gated entrances and 24/7 guards at some compounds. Generally, the expat homes or apartments in Morocco follow modern western style and provide good living conditions," added another expat who made the move to Morocco.

"A Villa, it is typical but you get a lot more villa for your money if you buy but not if you rent," explained one expat living in Marrakech, Morocco.

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What is the average cost of housing in Morocco?

If you are thinking about moving to Morocco, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"The cost of housing in Morocco varies widely depending on location and type of property. Generally, rent for a one bedroom apartment in a city center ranges from around 500 to 1000 Moroccan Dirhams per month, while an upscale apartment in a prestigious area could cost as much as 3,000 Moroccan Dirhams per month," explained one expat living in Morocco.

"prices right now in morocco are very expensive they might see in a year or two same event that happening in usa and the prices might release some steam," said another expat in Mohammedia .

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Should I buy or rent a home in Morocco?

If you have not spent a lot of time in Morocco, you should rent before even thinking about buying. We asked expats there about the buy vs. rent decision:

"The decision to buy or rent a home in Morocco is ultimately up to you and should depend on your personal situation and financial circumstances. If you plan to stay in Morocco for an extended period of time and have the financial means, buying a home may be a better option for you as it can provide you with a more secure long-term housing option and give you the potential to build equity over time. However, if you are planning to stay for only a short period of time or don’t have the financial means to commit to a home purchase, renting could be the more viable option for you. It is also important to consider the cost, terms, and conditions of rental agreements as well as availability, as finding suitable rental housing in Morocco may be challenging," remarked another expat who made the move to Morocco.

"At this point, just renting. Not difficult. I have friends who helped me, so it was not a problem," explained one expat living in Rabat, Morocco.

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What should I pack when moving to Morocco?

We asked people living in Morocco to list three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They responded:

"Essentials such as clothing (typically lightweight items made of natural fibers that are comfortable in hot weather), passport and other important documents, toiletries, an emergency kit with first-aid items, sunscreen, insect repellent, prescription medications, toilet paper, flashlights, batteries, appropriate adapters and converters, a small lock, and a bag that can be closed securely. Optional items may include portable electronics, books, maps and guide books, digital camera, binoculars, journal and pens. Cash or traveler's checks, debit and credit cards," commented one expat who made the move to Morocco.

"The things i wish i had brought with me or more of them is Money hard cash, investor list, and some rare product that found in the US only. The thing I shouldn't have brought with us is the electronic that works in the US only, new stuff I bought with more money than Morocco prices, thing that never need in worm morocco," remarked another expat in Mohammedia , Morocco.

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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Morocco?

We asked people in Morocco if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!:

"In Morocco, it is important to be aware of the cultural norms in order to avoid any awkward situations or inadvertently offending someone. To begin with, it is essential to dress modestly, avoiding overly revealing attire and wearing clothing that covers the arms, legs, and torso. It is important to respect local customs, in particular regarding religious conservatism. Respect for the elderly is also very important and visitors should greet elders with the traditional greeting of “Salam alaykoum.” Public displays of affection and behaviors such as excessive drinking are considered very inappropriate in Morocco and should be avoided. Additionally, one should not photograph anyone without first asking their permission, and people should never enter sacred places such as mosques without an invitation. Finally, tipping is expected in Morocco, but it should not exceed 10%, as a generous tip can be taken as a sign of disrespect," replied a member in Morocco.

"I love my new family they truly are so patient in my attempt to learn arabic. I am not allowed to say a few words in arabic since I cannot seem to hear or repeat what is being said. So much so that it is now the family joke. The words are not in any book stating to be carefull. zip as in: to zip around a corner. This essentially is a man unzipping his pants as explained to me. Careful saying coffee in arabic. Said wrong you are asking someone if they would like a cup of sperm. Husband said wrong in arabic means thief. And there were a few other funnies, bless them all for making light of the learning moments. I will say the whole family agreed after numerous attempts of trying to say coffee in arabic I am now to just say "coffee"," commented one expat who made the move to Casablanca.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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