Malta, Tips

Finding an Apartment in Malta

Living in Malta has a lot of perks and many things are easy here, like finding a job, friends or making the residency papers.

What’s rather difficult though is finding a place to stay. As I mentioned on many occasions Malta is a small rock in the middle of the sea, so there is just a limited amount of space and apartments. There are also a lot of tourist and people moving to the island, what makes the rent expensive. It is not impossible to find a great place though, there are just things you should know about before you start looking for a place to live in Malta.

1. Don’t trust the websites.

The websites of the real estate agencies are not updated! That’s a valuable lesson we learned in our first couple of days. They show apartments that have been on the market 5 Years ago and the corresponding prices.

Since then apartment prices have been skyrocketed and places are double the price that they have been before.

The agencies keep them there to make you interested but also because they cannot update as fast as they go away or the owner rents it out. The real estate market is a shark tank here which brings me to my next point:

2. 1000 agents one apartment

I would like to have a number of how many agents are out there, but it is hard to estimate. I can say though that there are a lot of them and sometimes they are fighting to rent out the same apartment.

Some agencies, like Quicklets, do respect one agent’s clients and apartments other agencies even have competition among the same company. As there is a limited amount of apartments and the owners contact several agents you have to be fast when you see an apartment you like, it can be gone the next our.

Regarding the agents’ fees, you should know that they will get half of the amount of the rent from you and the other half from the owner. Also when you rent an apartment you will have to make a deposit to the owner. There are some owners that rent out directly without involving an agent as well.

If you share an apartment rules can be different and usually you will be in contact directly with the people who will be your flatmates. Like in many situations here in Malta Facebook is the place to search for an apartment.

3. Facebook is the way to go

All in all, there are really nice apartments and good agents, you just have to find them and be patient!

As for other important searches in Malta, like the job search, facebook groups are the best way to find updated apartment listings.

In my post about Malta and Facebook, you can find some of those groups but also feel free to ask if you need a recommendation for good agents. Since they are hard to find. I also recommend that if you find a good one keep his or her number safe, you might need it again!

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How to find a Job in Malta

What’s one of the first things you need when you move to a new place? A place to stay and a job! So how can you find a job in Malta? Don’t worry! It is easy!

I have written a lot about Malta now and shared some insights on my facebook page but there are still so many topics to cover.

I thought I start off with this one since it is the most appealing and one of the biggest willing points of the island. Jobs! There are a lot of jobs in Malta and there is a niche for almost everyone. So when you first come to the island you might struggle but not because you cannot find a job, but because there are so many opportunities.

I am in my second job now, doing what really like: doing content and social media and other marketing projects. I found this job in about a month. I switched after working 3,5 months in customer support, which is a great starting point and a way to get a job quite fast. (I got my support job within a week) So Malta is great for new opportunities and career steps, there are a lot of possibilities in the different industries.

One of the biggest markets is the IGaming Industry but there is a lot more in other industries, like finance or tourism. Even science related Malta is starting to boom or there are marketing and tech jobs.

Don’t be scared about the gaming industry it is very well regulated and most of the companies pay well and are good employers. The full post about Malta and the gaming industry will be online soon.

So but how do you find one of those marvelous jobs?

There are several options to find out about new jobs and opportunities:

1. Online Job Sites

Before I came here I started looking for opportunities briefly to figure out what to do for a living on this little rock.

And other than in the housing market, there can be found a lot of jobs online as well. There are a lot of platforms for expats and international job seekers but also for locals. I personally had good experiences with:

But of course, there are other sites that list jobs in Malta as well.

2. Go to a recruiter

There are countless recruitment agencies in Malta that even focus on different industries and they are highly frequented. I did not find my current job through a recruiter but I know people that got great help from those agencies.

I recommend you to give it a try because you will also receive general help fixing your CV and interview training, so it is worth a shot.

These recruiters are recommendable:

The first and the second focus on the gaming industry but they also have other job opportunities in their database.

3. Facebook

Yeah, again Facebook takes one important role, if not the most important. As mentioned before a lot of things are running on facebook exclusively here in Malta. For the job search, it is the most effective tool in my opinion! Yes, I found my current job in a facebook group and applied.

There are many groups that always have current and new jobs posted. In the facebook groups, everything comes together: the recruiters and the companies post new opportunities here and they are updated with more frequency than other portals.

Here you can learn more about Malta and Facebook and find some of the groups!

All in all, it can take a little to find your dream job on the island, but shorter than in most places. For a European, it is very easy to work here and for Non-Europeans, it is as well but a little more tricky since you require a separate permit and the companies have to assure that the job cannot be done by an EU citizen. But it is not impossible, there are a lot of jobs that are tailor-made for you guys, so give it a try!

Soon also I will give you some hints for the apartment search as that can be a lot more tricky.

Stay posted!

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Malta And Facebook

In Malta, everything is on Facebook. If you want to stay up to date you better be there. No matter if you are looking for a new sofa, flat or nail salon, there is a Facebook page and a group for it. I even found my job in one of the job groups on the social media platform.

Soon I will publish a post about the job search in Malta and about how to find an apartment and what you should be aware of while you search. Anyway, Facebook is the way to go here. It sounds weird and it might take a bit to get used to the idea.

There is a lot going on in Malta and you will know about it. Sign up to the various Facebook groups and make sure to be posted about the several events.

It makes it easy to connect with people and very dynamic.

Here are some Facebook groups I can recommend:

For finding an apartment:

For finding a Job:

For buying something:

There are many more interesting groups for specific activities or nationalities:

Find your group in Malta’s Facebook world. It has a lot to offer, events for meetups of all kinds for the real life and as I mentioned above some of the most essential things are to be found on this platform.

It’s happening even if it might be weird for you at the beginning.