Students also have the option of letting a private apartment instead of staying at the University Residence. We are providing you with some information and tips regarding renting accommodation in Malta.
Monthly letting rates range between EUR 700 and EUR 1000, depending on locality, size and furnishings of the apartment. If you find an apartment through an agent, you will be expected to pay a one-time fee known as a commission. This is usually about half the monthly rent. There will also be a deposit for damages which is returned when you leave the apartment at the end of the contract period and you have left the apartment in the condition that is agreed to with the landlord/agent. When renting a flat, you will be asked to sign a contract with the owner. It is very important that you agree with all the conditions listed in the agreement before you sign it. The University cannot intervene in agreements concerning the renting of apartments.
Before signing a contract make sure that all appliances/air conditioners/TV etc are in good working order. Any items/working appliances or furniture which is either not working or is broken should to be reported to the owner before signing the contract.
It is advisable to rent an apartment for one whole academic year (September to June) and then extend your agreement from year to year. Be sure to read and understand the contract you are signing. The owner reserves the right to check on the upkeep of the apartment from time to time. Please ask the owner to advise you at least 24 hours in advance before coming to check the apartment. Appointments with landlords are to be made after lecture hours.
Water and electricity bills are usually not included in the monthly letting rates. Sharing an apartment is a good option so as to save some money on rent and electricity/water bills.
The University of Malta is located in a residential town called Msida. One finds many apartments for rent in this town. Other residential towns within walking distance from University campus are Gzira, Swatar and San Gwann (15 to 20 minutes on foot).
Please make sure that you update your records on the Student Information Management System (SIMS) immediately of any change in address, mobile number or email address. SIMS will be explained to you during the Orientation Session taking place on the 27th September 2018.
Moving into a new apartment
There are a few things you may have to adjust to when living in a flat on your own. Make sure that you have the landlord’s mobile number in case of an emergency. Give a spare key of your flat to someone you trust just in case you lose your keys.
Gas does not run via pipes; rather you have to buy gas cylinders to supply your kitchen stoves/hobs. Ask your landlord for assistance with this when you move in and check that both stove/hob and oven are in good working order. Gas cylinders can be bought from trucks that sound their horn early in the morning – it becomes recognisable after a few months. They frequent your neighborhood once or twice a week. Cost is around EUR 18-20 per cylinder. They tend to last 3 months or even longer if you don’t cook that much and if your oven is electric.
There is no central heating in most flats. It can get very cold in the winter months, especially between January and March. It is expensive to run air conditioners as a source of heat. You may wish to ask your landlord to supply you with a portable gas heater. It is strongly advised that all heaters are switched off before going to bed. It is also very useful to have a dehumidifier in the apartment as the air can get very humid in winter.
The water supply runs on a meter. Be careful to check for leaks and report these to your landlord immediately as you will be paying for the wasted water.
From June until September the temperature can get quite high (around 30-35C). You may wish to ask your landlord to provide you with extra fans, especially if your apartment does not have AC. This depends on your personal preference. Ensure your windows have insect screens.
Most vans sound a horn on specific days of the week and sell local produce like fresh fruit and vegetables, bread etc. They can be quite useful as they come outside your door (in the same way ice cream vans may circulate).
Noise nuisances between 11:00 and 07:00 are not permitted by law and your neighbours may call the police if they are disturbed. Please respect your flatmates and neighbours.
The collection of mixed waste (black bags) and recyclable waste (green or grey bags) takes place on different days of the week according to your locality. Recycling bags may contain plastic, paper, cardboard and metal cans or tins only. Please make sure you ask the landlord about the days and the time when you should take out your bags according to the days they should be collected. You may be fined by local wardens if you do not adhere to the rules.