What are the top factors to keep in mind when searching for a place to live in your city?
The traffic situation is a major part of everyday life in Cebu City, so keep the transit time between your home and office in mind when choosing a place to live.
What are the most popular neighborhoods in your city for expats?
- Asiatown IT Park and Cebu Business Park are areas where most expats live. Both are near international schools, hospitals and shopping centers. Choose from houses, apartments and serviced apartments.
- Maria Luisa Village is another popular choice which offers more open spaces and generally cleaner air.
Do expats tend to buy or rent their homes?
Typically, will I be required to pay additional money up front (such as a deposit) before moving into leased housing? If so, how much is common?
Rent is usually paid one year in advance. A refundable security deposit (equal to two months' rent) is also charged.
Are utilities generally included in the price of rent, or are they extra?
Utilities are usually separate and are paid by the tenant. Electricity is relatively expensive in the Philippines.
Are there special security concerns I should be aware of in regards to my home or choice of neighborhood?
Most expatriates live within "villages" (walled compounds with 24-hour security) or in apartment buildings with good security coverage. The maintenance issues with landed houses means apartments are offer a stress-free option.
I’m not sure if I should bring my appliances. What is the electric current, Hz and plug shape in your city?
The electric current is 220V (some houses/apartments also have 110V). The frequency is 60Hz, which is unusual other than for US. The two flat blades attachment plug, two flat blades with round grounding pin plug and the three round pin attachment plug are all used in the Philippines. Of these, the two flat blades attachment plug is the most common.
Do you have any other accommodation information that might help me?
Ask around and make sure that your area is not prone to flooding. This can be a problem during the rainy season. Contact Crown Manila for more information or to arrange a home search.
Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.