How to rent a house in Saudi Arabia

To rent a house in Saudi Arabia, start with sa.aqar.fmEjar, or a FB group like بيوت وشقق للبيع والايجار.

Determine what type of accommodation you can afford.

Search for accommodation on your own or use an agent.

Reach an agreement with the owner or the agent.

Submit all your documents and get access to your new house.

To rent a house in Saudi Arabia, you want to work out an agreement with your agent or the tenant. Apartments or houses can be found online, through an agency, or by checking for “for rent” posters on the street.

You can choose among different types of places to rent:

a bed in a shared room or a dorm;

a room with a shared bathroom or an en-suite bathroom;

a house that is low rise building that can be detached or semidetached, furnished or unfurnished;

a flat in a medium or high apartment building;

a villa is a large detached house with an extensive garden.

Most websites or apps linked below are in Arabic and English. Use Google TranslateTarjimly, or any other translation service if you need it.

What documents do I need to rent in Saudi Arabia

The documents you need depend on how you are renting and from whom. If you are subletting a room for a few weeks from the original renter, you may need to give only your first payment in advance. While if you are renting from an agency, you will need more paperwork.

When choosing a place, you want to consider how expensive it is for you, both in terms of money and time, to get all the documents that the agency or the owner asks you.

You want to get the keys, or any other type of access, to the accommodation before you pay anything. You may need one or more of these documents:

  • Proof of first payment, if it’s not in cash;
  • Proof of payment of a deposit, which can be one month of rent or more;
  • Valid identification that can be a driver’s license, a national identification card, or a passport;
  • A lease agreement is a formal document that explains your agreement with the landlord;
  • A credit check is any documentation showing you have enough income to pay rent.

You may need additional documents when you rent a house in Saudi Arabia.

Also, read How to Find an Apartment in Saudi Arabia.

Average house size

Apartments in a Type A complex are typically between 65 and 140 square meters in size, while villas range in size from 160 square meters to 1,100 square meters.

Look for the best real estate websites in Saudi Arabia.

Can I rent a house in Saudi Arabia without a job

Yes, you may rent a house without a job. Bank statements may be required to prove income. If you don’t have a job, you may need to provide further documentation to rent.

Average rent price in Saudi Arabia

The typical Saudi Arabia rent varies widely depending on where and what kind of property you rent. It’s not cheap to rent a home in Saudi Arabia. Deposits of one month’s to three months’ rent are not uncommon.

In the city center, the rent for a one-bedroom apartment is around 1,000 SAR or more. And a three-bedroom apartment rent is around 1,800 SAR or more.

Outside of the center, the rent for a one-bedroom apartment is around 800 SAR or more. And the rent for a three-bedroom apartment is around 1,400 SAR or more.

Ten SAR is 3 US Dollars. That is 220 Indian Rupees or almost 20 Chinese yuan.

The average rent in Saudi Arabia for a one-bedroom apartment is in the following cities in Saudi Arabia:

In Riyadh is 1,500 SAR;

in Medina is 500 SAR;

in Jeddah is 1,200 SAR;

in Mecca is 600 SAR;

in Al-Khobar is 900 SAR;

in Abha  is 1,500 SAR;

in Najran is 750 SAR;

in Ad Dammam is 1,000 SAR;

Finding a rental from a recommendation

Getting a rental through word of mouth is another way. It is a successful method for choosing a great and comfortable apartment. Simply advise as many people as possible that you are looking to rent an apartment in Saudi Arabia, and if anyone knows of any listings, they will let you know.

People typically recommend their friends or acquaintances to their landlords when they wish to move out of an apartment. In this manner, you and the landlord won’t have to bother looking for a new tenant or a place to live.

Source: Numbeo

Cover photo by Ghaly Wedinly on Unsplash, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.


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One response to “How to rent a house in Saudi Arabia”

  1. Assalamualaikum.
    Saya & rakan² bersama isteri masing² untuk berada di Makkah OR Madinah selama (3) bulan.

    Tujuan; belajar bahasa arab/pengajian ilmu agama/Talaqqi (Musyafahah)/berada dlm masyarakat arab etc.

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