Rent an Apartment – Through an Agent
Searching for an apartment initially can be exciting and frustrating at the same time. Searching though an agent is probably the least costly but the most difficult option. When renting an apartment, you generally need to sign a lease for 12 months and pay with post-dated checks. Securing a checking account upon arrival can also be tricky, so if you would like to have an apartment, be prepared to pay upfront for the rent.
The neighborhoods, as well as prices, vary widely in Dubai. We recommend neighborhoods that are on or near the Metro line including Al Barsha, Dubai Marina, Tecom, Jumeirah Lake Towers, and Jumeriah Beach Residence. In these areas studio and one bedroom apartments can run between AED60,000 to AED80,000, while two bedroom apartments can cost AED90,000 to AED110,000.
Process to start renting
To secure a tenancy contract students require:
- Copy of passport
- Residence Visa
- Check book (unless payment is made in one full cash transfer)
It will take 4-6 weeks to process the residence visa after the student's arrival in Dubai; in the meantime Hult will provide you with a letter stating the visa is under process. Landlords and utility providers will accept this in lieu of visa.
Rent payment in Dubai is generally paid by post-dated check. Emirates NBD bank has issued check books to our students in the past. However this can be a lengthy process, so students should be prepared to pay the yearly amount upfront for accommodation in cash/bank transfer.
Furnished vs. unfurnished
Most apartments in Dubai are rented as unfurnished, although white goods are usually provided. Students can request the landlord to furnish the property before they move in. This will come at an extra cost of approximately AED20,000 per annum, on top of rent and deposit. It is common practice to furnish your apartment yourself in Dubai, as furniture is not very costly.
Dubizzle has great deals on buying/selling furniture, while IKEA and Home Center are also inexpensive options for new furniture. Additionally, students can buy and sell furniture from a previous or incoming tenant or landlord.
Electricity, water and Internet
Tenants must register with DEWA (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority) to activate the electricity, water supplies and air-conditioning at the new premises. There are two ways to apply—in person at one of the Customer Care Centers or by filling out an online form. You will receive an SMS notification and start to receive monthly bills once you have registered and it is confirmed by DEWA. In order to register for Internet, you will need to have a tenancy contact. Once you have your place secured, you can set up Internet services with either of the U.A.E.'s providers: Etisalat and Du.
Agents recommended by Hult:
Amr Yussif, Kendal & Co
Kasper Meijer, Kendal & Co