Finding accommodation in Auckland is a challenge for most expats. Auckland’s status as a global city and its position as New Zealand’s economic hub has resulted in high property prices. The city’s growing population has further increased the demand for accommodation in Auckland.
Most expats working in Auckland prefer to rent accommodation. Even many expats with long-term plans continue renting, as buying property in Auckland can be prohibitively expensive.
Types of accommodation in Auckland
As the city has developed into an urban sprawl, with a variety of suburbs and areas, there are many different types of accommodation in Auckland. Expats will mostly find apartments within the city centre. On the other hand, Auckland’s many suburbs offer a mix between modern and historic freestanding houses. The quality of housing in Auckland varies, but expats typically find that most accommodation in the city is poorly insulated.
Each neighbourhood in Auckland boasts a different atmosphere. Expats should determine which area best suits them before signing a rental contract. Another important consideration is how far their new home might be from their place of work. Many Auckland residents either drive their own cars or rely on buses, so traffic throughout the city can be severe.
As most people work in central Auckland, expats wanting to live near to their work should consider finding accommodation either in the city centre or in the nearby suburbs of Ponsonby or Grey Lynn. Those wanting to be close to the sea should explore Davenport and Takapuna, or the quieter suburb of Howick. Otherwise, Mangere Bridge offers more affordable accommodation while being only a half-hour drive from the city centre.
Finding accommodation in Auckland
Expats can find accommodation through online property portals, as well as in the classified section of local newspapers. There are also many property groups on social media sites which list available accommodation.
As the property market is extensive in Auckland, expats should also consider approaching a real estate agency. These agencies can be found throughout the city, so expats shouldn’t have any difficulty locating one.
Renting accommodation in Auckland
Expats looking to rent in Auckland will find that furnished accommodation is rare. Most expats, especially those looking for larger houses, end up renting unfurnished accommodation.
Because of the high cost of rent, renting shared accommodation is also popular. "Flatting" (sharing a house with other people) or "boarding" (renting a room in someone’s home) are common options for couples or single people living in Auckland.
Rent in Auckland is usually paid weekly. Landlords will typically require that tenants pay a deposit equivalent to one month's rent. Real estate agents tend to only deal with fixed-term 12-month leases and they typically charge a fee for their services. Notably, recent legislation has been proposed which will ban real estate agents from charging tenants a fee for using their services.