Moving to Malta?
Here Are Five Things You Need to Know
Malta is a beautiful island in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea. It’s as the smallest state in the European Union and a crossroads for travellers looking for new business opportunities, as it’s considered one of the most important business, financial and maritime centres in the world.
It’s a destination for tourists because it’s rich in culture, breathtaking views, beautiful beaches and thrilling entertainment. It’s a meeting point for students from all over the world, as there’s a rich offering of English schools that issue internationally recognised certificates.
The official languages are Maltese and English, and you can think of the country as a suitable alternative to Great Britain for learning the language.
We, like you, have chosen this island. Over the years, we gained a lot of work and life experience, and now we want to give you important and useful advice on how to get around and what to expect.
Here are five things to know before the big day.
- Cost of living
- Job market
- Transportation system
Learn about your accommodations
Finding a house or room is definitely a priority when you move to another country. It’s better to arrive on the island before the day you start work, even if you only get here the weekend before.
Here, there’s the rule of who comes first and better stays. An appointment to see a house doesn’t guarantee priority over it. When you get to an apartment, the owner might tell you it’s already been rented by someone else. The polite ones usually send a message.
Thanks to the Internet, you have access to a large number of advertisements and information. There are many marketplaces that collect offers and announcements of houses for rent or sale.
What you need to know is that if you put yourself in danger, you could experience many inconveniences and wastes of time, from false information or announcements permanently posted by different people and without real verification of the availability of the proposed apartment.
Now, if you don’t want to go through all this and save time, trouble and money, contact a competent professional. From personal experience, we can tell you that this is the best way. Indeed, it’s a vital energy saver.
Learn about the cost of living
The cost of living in Malta is rising sharply. Rents in particular have increased exponentially relative to the average salary, which is 800–1,200 euros.
In 2020, new rules had come into effect regulating the real estate market in order to counter this phenomenon. This should make the island more competitive and accessible, especially for those looking for apartments to rent for less than 1,000 euros or those looking to buy properties.
Furthermore, the costs of utilities and food have increased by 2.9% in the last 10 years, so to start your adventure, we suggest you set a budget of not less than 2,000 euros.
Learn about the job market
It’s easiest to do this if you’re already on the island. Knowledge of English is very important, and handing over the curriculum is always a widely used means of making yourself known.
Thanks to the Internet, you can find many job offers that suit your aspirations. Remember that living on the island is expensive, and whether you can afford it depends on the type of work you do and the salary you receive.
In general, highly skilled workers earn more than the average salary. These jobs require specialised skills in areas like IT, finance, online gaming, marketing and logistics. However, there are low-skilled jobs as well, including bartender, waiter, store assistant and labourer; these tend to pay around 4–5 euros an hour.
In Malta, work is easy to find, and career opportunities are excellent. The real estate sector is always full of new business opportunities. With a lot of hard work and commitment, it’s possible to enter into a new career. Just go with the flow! The best approach is to trust yourself a serious institution that values professionalism, security and transparency.
Learn about the transportation system
Luck helps the daring and the knowledgeable. It’s essential to know which part of the island to live on. Malta’s not very big, but you still have to think about traffic and public transportation, even if you have your own vehicle.
How? First of all, you have to confirm that your neighbourhood is well served so you can get around easily, especially if you don’t have a vehicle. It’s always good to count on those who are competent, serious and professional and who can direct you to the best research.
Transportation services are divided into two categories: private transportation for tourists (City Sightseeing or Malta Sightseeing link) and public transportation, which tends to be inexpensive.
Fares are paid on the bus, and tickets are valid for two hours. During this time, you can travel in any direction you want. Fares vary according to the route and season. From June 15 to October 15, a ticket costs 2 euros. For the rest of the year, a ticket costs 1.5 euros. Direct lines and night lines cost 3 euros.
All the inhabited centres are accessible from the bus station in the capital, Valletta, with a journey every 15 to 60 minutes depending on the location. Buses run every day from 5.30 a.m. to 10.30 p.m. On weekends and holidays, however, they run less often.
Downloading Tallinja (Android / Apple), a transport application, will help you obtain information and get around, as it contains timetables and routes. You can also go to the Malta public transport website and check out all the available routes in the Trip Planner section.
Learn about neighbourhoods
The most strategic areas are Sweqi, St. Julian, Gzira, San Gwann, Msida and Sliema, where most of the offices, real estate agencies, restaurants, shops, English schools, supermarkets, pubs, nightclubs and hotels are located. Employment opportunities are ever increasing.
These are also the most expensive areas because they are popular with tourists; therefore, the best approach is to first look for rooms in shared apartments so you can split costs. An average room can cost from 450 to 700 euros. Apartments go for an average of 1,000 euros.
Less popular but still central areas include Birkirkara, Swatar, Balzan and Pietà, which are less than 10 minutes by car from the most strategic areas (see above) and are easily accessible by public transport. In these areas, rents are more competitive.
However, the prices will vary depending on the length of your stay. Short-term rentals are leases of less than six months. Long-term rentals are leases of over six months. Trust a website specialising in real estate to help you in your search.
Now, let the party begin!
Remember that Malta is a country of a thousand opportunities! Get out of your comfort zone and open your mind; you’ll grow and see life from a new perspective! Always be ready for new challenges! Enjoy your move!
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