First, this guide will outline what choices you have. Do you want to live in an apartment? A villa? A shophouse maybe?
We will take you through all of these things. Also, we will let you know how much it costs to rent in Phnom Penh. In the end, we will tell you the secret of getting the best deal on rent.
But first, here’s a few key facts you need to know about accommodation in Phnom Penh:
Compared to other cities in the world, Phnom Penh places tend to be straightforward. In fact, they fall into a few basic categories. For the most part, places in the same category will be almost identical.
These are called shophouses because people often use the ground floor as a place for their business. Not always, though. These places are often rented out on each floor (they are usually three to four storeys high).
Expats looking for affordability usually live in a shophouse. You can usually rent them out with one or two other roommates. Or sometimes you can find groups that are already looking for another roommate to fill one of their rooms.
Either way, these places usually have bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, full kitchens and at least one balcony. Shophouses in Phnom Penh are great places to live while on a budget.
Western-style apartments are becoming more and more popular in Phnom Penh these days. These are usually fully furnished. They can be found in a range of sizes.
Different buildings will have different amenities. Smaller ones will just have parking and wifi. Bigger ones often have pools, gyms, security and weekly cleaning. We call these serviced apartments.
If you’re an on-the-go kind of person this can often be the best option. Since everything is already there for you moving in is simple.
For apartments, you can find anything from one to four bedrooms.
Freestanding houses in Phnom Penh are called villas. They can vary in size, but usually, they have at least three or four bedrooms. Some are furnished, some aren’t. Most have dedicated parking and surrounded by fencing or walls, however.
These can be a great option if you have a large group and you all want to live together. Villas in Phnom Penh are becoming rarer with every passing day. So, snatch them up while you can!
Choosing where you want to live might be the most important decision you make. If you want to be in the centre of the city consider:
Otherwise, if you want more of a quiet feel, try out:
We have profiles of all these areas and more. So check those out if you need more details.
Lastly, we have the million-dollar question: How much does it cost to rent a place in Phnom Penh?
In short, you can find really affordable places and really expensive places. It all depends on what and where.
The official rate for electricity is 720 riel per kWh. However, many landlords will round this up to $0.25 for large buildings. The city's official water rate for residential spaces is between 550 and 1,270 riel per cubic metre. You should be paying between $20 to $60 per month for internet. If you pay for cleaning, you should look to spend from $30 to $100 a month, depending on the frequency.
So, you know where you want to live. You know what kind of housing you want. What now?
Well here’s the secret. Most landlords are open to negotiating rent rates. True, for newer places this might be harder. After taking a few tours, however, you will notice that there is no shortage of places to live.
Because of this, you can often get them to knock down the monthly rent by $20 or so if you want to move in immediately. Heck, many agents will even negotiate on your behalf. To become a master negotiator, check out our five tips for negotiating in our other article.
There you have it. Now get out there and find your new home in Phnom Penh.Share on Twitter Share on Facebook