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Real Estate in Saudi Arabia

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Expats and retirees talk about real estate in Saudi Arabia? How do you find a home in Saudi Arabia? Should you buy or rent? What is the cost of housing?

How do I find a place to live in Saudi Arabia?

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

"We found a larger private villa after being in a small compound. It cost the same and now we have our own pool without the harrassment of kids. (Parents allow them to run wild here, with or without supervision to all hours of the night.)," explained one person living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

"We were provided with housing, but if you're not, do a lot of research!!! Talk to ex-expats, search message boards, etc etc. But make sure you'll have this all arranged before you leave. The housing / compounds in Kingdom vary extremely from shacks to luxurious villas," said another expat in Khamis Mushayt.

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What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Saudi Arabia?

"I live in a three bedroom villa. yes for my company it is as they provide their own accomodation," remarked another member in Riyadh.

"4 bedroom villa with three other expats. The villa is quite old, poorly furnished, very cold in the winter, power and electrics can be dodgy, circa 1970-80's fixtures. Cheap and nasty kitchen supplies," explained one expat living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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What is the average cost of housing in Saudi Arabia?

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

"By comparison for the size of the house it is much cheaper here. Though for normal housing the price is virtually the same. (keep in mind you should ALWAYS have housing included in your package, this way you can upgrade if you don't like it with little out of pocket expense.)," explained one expat living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

"Much lower since they are provided or subsidised by most companies here. We pay around $400-$500 a month," said another person in Dhahran.

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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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