Take some time to study a map of Nicosia and think about where you would like to live. Think about what's important to you. You can certainly get a lot more room for your money the further you are out of the city centre, but how is that going to impact your life? Is it better to pay slightly more for your accommodation and know that in turn taxis and public transportation will be cheaper and quicker and you are able to walk to bars and restaurants or will that not be an issue?
You will inevitably need to commute whether it's to work each day or into more central Nicosia during your leisure time. Which is more preferable? How do you intend to commute? Take some time to think about this, as this will be your life for the foreseeable future. Calculate these dilemmas into your house hunting.
What kind of accommodation are you looking for? Do you intend to spend most of your time out of your accommodation i.e. working and socializing? If so perhaps a central studio rather than a big house is for you. What do you want to look out of your window and see? These are all things that will impact on which is the right area for you to live in.
Are you going to purchase a car to use in Nicosia? If not, where will you do your weekly supermarket shop? Is there a convenience store nearby for those so often occasions you have drunk more water than planned?
Are schools an issue? Is it close to the school you intend to send your children? Are there other children in the building for your child to play with?
Evaluate these factors in helping you understand the possible issues involved with accommodations in Nicosia, and to find the best fit for you.
As apartment prices are relatively low for Europe, flat sharing is not very common in Nicosia, unless it is with friends who already known each other. However, sharing the rent will allow you to live in a bigger place in perhaps a better location. Cost will again depend on size and location of where you will live.
You can find possible flatshares on websites like Bazaraki or search the Cyprus classifieds on EasyExpat. Connecting and speaking with fellow expats in Cyprus, as on the Cyprus forums on EasyExpat, may also help you find a possible flatshare.
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