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Rome - Accommodation & Property
One downfall of living in Northern Rome is the traffic. During high traffic and rush hour times the streets become very busy and congested. This can make for a long commute if you are working in Rome's city center.
The West side of Rome is closest to the sea and is made up of offices and apartment buildings. This area is close to the Fiumincino Airport and offers easy metro connections to the city center, which is a plus if you are planning on relying primarily on public transportation. The Sothlands International School is located in this area and you will enjoy shopping and recreational complexes within close proximity.
The South end of Rome, including the San Giovanni in Laterano commercial area and the Appia Antica area, offers housing in the middle range. Parking is limited, but you will have easy access to the bus and the metro line. The St. Stephen International School is located in this area.
East Rome, including the Nomentano, Salario, and quartiere Trieste area, offers upper middle class housing and is known for being convenient for expat families. You will find easy access to public transportation and Rome's city center. The Nomentana Junior School is located in this area.
To locate a home in Rome, you can work with leasing agents, real estate agents, or a relocation service. If possible, spend a few weeks in Rome before relocating. Visit and spend some time in the different areas and get an overall feel for what each area is like. You can also talk to natives and other expats that live in these areas. Below are some links that will help you begin your housing search on the Internet. In addition, these links will help you get a better idea of what housing costs are like in Rome.
Another option to choosing the right area of Rome to live in is to get a short term rental agreement before making a longer commitment. This will give you a chance to learn your way around the city and check out what different areas have to offer before spending more on a more permanent residence. Some types of apartments will even let you rent on a month to month basis. The link below can help you find apartments with short-term or monthly lease options.
If you are re-locating from a non-European country, generally housing costs are going to be higher than what you are used to. For a property comparable to what you are used to, housing is most likely going to take a bigger chunk out of your monthly budget.
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