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Examples of Apartments for Rent in Romania (with Prices)

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One of the most important things for people who decide to relocate to Romania or spend a few months in the country is finding a good apartment to rent in the country.

I have already told you where to find apartments for rent from locals for cheaper prices (in case you missed it, the article is here), but now I’ve decided to go through the offers myself and show you how far your money could go in this Romania.

It also shows just how much the cost of living in Romania has increased: I initially published this article in March 2015 and offers similar to the ones I found can no longer be found. You will have to pay a lot more today than you had to back then.

Just for the sake of record keeping, I will leave the original article’s findings below – but also share with you afterwards the current reality and how much you are expected to pay when renting an apartment in Bucharest or elsewhere in the country.

The best part? It’s also the worst: most people renting will prefer not to have a lease contract signed in order to avoid paying taxes and agency fees, which means that they are also open for short term rentals for very low prices (and this is what keeps the prices low). But you should never go on without signing a contract: you will need that if you want to get residency in here!

In order to share with you what you can rent for very little money in Romania, I will use the largest website here – OLX (so all listings and photos are/were placed there).

We’ll start with current offers in the largest cities – examples of rentals you can get for as little as possible – but if you want to compare prices, you can read the original findings toward the bottom of the article.

Romania apartment rentals – examples and prices

Please note: These are some of the cheapest rentals I found today after searching through the published ads. These are not necessarily the average prices or the amount you should expect to pay – but it proves that you can still find some relatively cheap and very cheap apartments for rent in Romania which are at least decent to live in and also located in decent areas.

Example of Studio Rental in Bucharest

This is a large studio that you can rent a bit away from the city center, but near a large Mall and lots of shopping areas. It costs 190 Euros / Month.

This is the largest studio I saw in this price range so most likely the offer won’t stay for too long on the market. Just for comparison’s sake, a similar studio (with less modern furniture though) was 50 Euros/month back in 2015.

Example of 1-bedroom apartment in Bucharest

This 1-bedroom apartment has a large kitchen (which is a rare find, at least if you’re on a budget) and is just 1 minute away from the metro. It’s a really nice find in my opinion, with a price of 250 Euros / Month. Also a rare find.

Interesting to know is that in 2015 I found a similarly sized apartment, but with air conditioning and in a central location, for the same amount.

Example of 1-bedroom apartment in Cluj

Prices have exploded in Cluj Napoca and as a result, it’s very difficult to find cheap accommodation here. The apartment you see above is far away from the city center (but still in a nice area) and costs 300 Euros per month. Cluj is more expensive than Bucharest at the moment.

Example of 1-bedroom apartment in Timisoara

This apartment is also away from the city center, but at least prices haven’t gone up in Timisoara as much as they did in Cluj Napoca. This apartment looks decent and costs 250 Euros per month.

Right now, in my opinion, Timisoara is the best of the larger cities in Romania to set up home base – at least if you want to be in a large city and still pay less than you would in the others.

Example of 1-bedroom apartment in Brasov

This isn’t the most modern apartment you will find in the area, but at least it’s advertised at being “close to the center”. This could mean anything, actually – as there is no address shared, but for now we’re taking the owner’s word.

Renting this apartment is possible for 260 Euros per month, but everything about it seems to be outdated. But at least if you’re on a tight budget, it has to work…

Original Article’s Findings Below (from 2015 – with prices)

If you want to compare my findings above with the ones that I managed to find back in 2015, I have saved most of them below. I don’t think prices as low a the ones I found then will ever be a thing in Romania, unfortunately.

We’ll start with some examples of apartments for rent in Bucharest (and the prices):

Decent studio (not city center):

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This small studio is decent if you don’t have high standards and it actually comes with a pretty large room and small kitchen and bathroom. The price? An incredible 50 Euros per month (or $57).

Of course, utilities and other expenses are not included, but those are rarely included in rent prices anyway.

One bedroom (central location):

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05 one bedroom bucharest

If you want more than a studio, you can find a one bedroom apartment in a central location for about 250 Euros. It could look something like the one in the images above, which has the bonus of the AC unit. You can really find some amazing deals in Bucharest!

And now, let’s move on to different other cities with similar examples. We’ll go for one bedroom apartments which are furnished, but they’re not all in a central location:

Example of a cheap apartment for rent in Cluj Napoca

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The apartment above is just 160 Euros per month ($180) and even though it’s on the outskirts of the city, it’s close to public transportation and looks really good. As a bonus, it has an open kitchen – something you rarely get in Romania.

As a second bonus, it comes with a treadmill too, so you can burn those calories you put on in the kitchen.

Example of a cheap apartment for rent in Timisoara

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Found this one for just 150 Euros. Seems to have a really big room, event though I am not a fan of the furniture… Still, for that money, you can definitely buy some new furniture.

Example of a cheap apartment for rent in Constanta

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Found this one for an amazing 150 Euros per month. I don’t think that there are many places in Europe where you can live by the sea and pay so little!

Example of a cheap apartment for rent in Drobeta Turnu Severin

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This is my home city and I KNOW you can find a good one bedroom apartment for 100 Euros per month. The one above, is just 60 bucks per month and you shouldn’t worry about cocktail glasses, if you need them, it seems…

Conclusion

As I kept saying, prices in Romania keep going up. However, even though you can no longer find the bargains that you could back in the days, it’s still possible to find a studio for rent for under 200 Euros per month – and 1 bedroom apartments for around 250 Euros, as you saw above.

You won’t be living in style and you won’t be in a centrally located area, but at least you know that you can still find housing for such low prices. Also, smaller cities offer better deals – so if you’re considering retiring here, for example and you want to keep costs as low as possible, why not choose one of these beautiful small cities instead?

19 COMMENTS

  1. Wow! Really decent prices for these places. I think my favorite is the second one with the gas stove. I was just re watching Expandables 3 two nights ago, and part of it was filmed in Bucharest :-). Lovely city!!!

    • Yes, and especially if you’re not in a hurry, you can find some really sweet deals.

      Before I watched The Expendables 3, I had no idea that a part of it was shot in Bucharest – and I barely identified the places as being from our country πŸ™‚ But indeed, there are a lot of really enjoyable parts in Bucharest.

  2. Hello Calin:
    Looks pretty reasonable to me. I would want a long-term lease so I could extend my stay (or vice versa). Do the owners raise rents, fees as often as they can? I would want the kitchen complete and a washing machine. Any laundromats–or are they as rare as clothes driers? One thing: why aren’t driers used? Other than that, I would furnish it myself–Ikea-style;-) I understand internet is very inexpensive as a “utility.” What would cable TV cost? (Me, I’d just assume use “rabbit ears” for OTA broadcasts.) So, water is separate from the rent? Then, there is the common area maintenance fee. (Is garbage pick-up included in that fee?) Of all the utilities, is electricity the most expensive? I see you, as a rule, use Euros whenever you quote prices. Luckily (and just temporarily;-() the USD and Euro are at near parity. I guess you’re preparing for the changeover in 2020? So, let’s say I rent this lovely apartment in your hometown for 100 Euros/month. What could I expect to pay for water, electricity, cable, heating, etc? I am cheap and conservative. I turn off the lights when I leave a room, I don’t waste water (though I love long HOT showers–okay, 2 much info;-), I don’t turn the heat on unless I really need to, and I would use a ceiling fan until I absolutely had to turn on the a/c.
    So, as usual, a very thought-provoking article.
    Thank you,
    ~Teil (USA)
    Note to Kemkem: All this time I thought Malaga was pronounced with a hard “g.” Now, I understand it’s pronounced “Malaya.” Looks like a truly beautiful city;-)

    • Hello Teil,

      Fortunately, owners rarely raise the rent and the prices have been about the same for several years, so there’s a lot of stability in this area. However, most of the other costs are separate from the rent and are all included in what Romanians call “Intretinere” (which would translate as “Maintenance”). Everything is really cheap, though – you should expect to pay around 50 Euros per month up to a maximum of 100 (but the maximum is probably for the winter months when you pay extra for the heating). This would include water, electricity, heating, garbage collecting and other building maintenance fees that are charged monthly.

      This all depends on how much you use. In our case – we are at home almost 24/7, since we moved in the apartment at the end of September, electricity costs have been around 12 Euros per month and the Maintenance around 50 Euros. Our prices for heating went insanely high during the winter – insanely by Romanian standards – where we paid for two months in a row an extra 150 Euros per month for heating – but that was a problem on our side with a broken heater whose thermostat was not working properly, putting a hole in our budget. With it fix, we would’ve paid a maximum of 100 Euros for heating, maybe slightly less (but we’re talking about three rooms here, plus bathroom and kitchen).

      Cable TV is usually really cheap – starts as low as about 7 Euros, but usually you can get a TV-phone-internet combo for about 20-25 Euros. This includes a free mobile phone too with unlimited free calls in the same network and high speed internet. There are also all sorts of promos going all year long that could even earn you a smartphone or a laptop or a tablet or other goodies. In this area, things are really nice in Romania πŸ™‚

      Unfortunately, I never seen a laundromat except on TV. Larger cities might have them, although I doubt it. All houses are equipped with a washing machine, though which has basic drier capabilities – but you still have to line-dry your clothes. Driers are available for sale in Romania, but the general consensus is that they’re useless πŸ™‚ They take up space, they are said to need a lot of electricity and since everybody’s used to line drying, they don’t want to change. Dishwashers are in a similar position – they hardly used in Romania – even though more and more families are starting to get those.

      • Hi Calin:

        Thank you so much for your detailed answers. It does make one think.

        Just the opposite, here. Every year the owners raise the rents. And if you’re not in a lease, the owners can (an do) raise the rents whenever they please. Aargh!!!

        Personally, all I’d want would be a one bedroom apartment–no need to overdo it;-) Maybe even a studio, as I wouldn’t have so much stuff as I do now–I’d get rid of it before I left the USA.

        Are your neighbors okay? No wild parties? No barking dogs? Does little Erich enjoy his room? Have you pretty much gotten your apartment the way you want it? Will you have someone look out for it while you’re away on your rail trip?

        Your cottage is not being worked on now, I bet. Well, at least it’s yours to do with as you want. Maybe one day you could fix it up and lease it to some crazy American–ha, ha;-)

        So you make a payment for rent with cash or check, and another for the β€œIntretinere.” So it’s two separate payments. Are the payments easy to make? You don’t have to wait in a long line somewhere–maybe you do a money transfer online? Then of course you then pay for your internet “packages” and/or phone service–that payment would be made online, yes.

        Well, if the Romanians don’t use driers then I wouldn’t either (when in Rome…”). Personally, I haven’t had a dishwasher since I left home almost 40 years ago. I do fine just using the dish soap and a brush to clean the dishes.

        I live out in the sticks, here in the USA. I am stuck with using Comcast, a cable service which is universally loathed. (The internet portion is okay, though; I am not a gamer or anything.) Even with very basic service, it still costs too much. And the commercial TV is terrible. It’s as if the TV shows interrupt the commercials instead of vice versa. (They even subtlety speed up the shows so more commercials can be squeezed in. It sort of reminds me of how airlines cram in as many seats as possible–like Ryanair;-) About 90% of the commercials are for prescription or OTC drugs (Americans are simply gaga [not Lady;-] for pills and guns!), insurance schemes, senior health aids (companies want to make sure they get every last dollar out of Medicare recipients), and other annoying ads. And when there are elections, sheesh(!) the commercials for the candidates drive me batty! If I had a gun (and I’m one of the few who doesn’t;-) I’d want to shoot the TV right between the “I’s”;-) My mute button on my remote is depressed a lot;-)

        Thanks again for such an informative article,

        ~Teil (USA)

        • Glad I could help, Teil. There are indeed a lot of differences, and that’s what makes the world so beautiful πŸ™‚

          Our neighbors are all older – we only have two “young” families who are in their mid 40s, the other are all retired individuals over 60, so it’s really quiet here. My mother lives in the same city, so she will come here every now and then to check out everything’s OK while we’re on our trip.

          Regarding the payments, they are all easy to make and there are no lines involved. For the rent, the owner usually comes in person to collect it, and the other payment is usually in the same building or a nearby building – there’s a person responsible for collecting the money for a few buildings only. You have the option to pay online for other services, but you can also do it in person and if you live in a smaller city, that shouldn’t take much time either. Except for the big cities, Romania is not a crowded place… not at all πŸ™‚

  3. Hello Calin:
    Just back from a car tour of Craiova–on You Tube, that is;-) That looks like a lovely city. Anything good or bad from what you know? From my “drives” it seems most of your cities are a lot nicer than those in the USA. (I’ll even give Wife Romanian, Bucharest as nice lovely, too;-)
    It does seem that almost everyone has a car, though. Me, I’ll just walk, or hop on a bus or tram, or take a taxi. Just curious, though: the cost of a car, insurance, gas, and maintenance must not be overwhelming with the number of cars there.
    So, you and wife and son feel no worries about taking a stroll at night in your town? You’re not too worried about being robbed or molested? Of course any city has places where only fools would tread at night. Still, in most Romanian cities, one doesn’t feel too threatened, right? Here, even in the small town where I live, I look over my shoulder at night. And I am very scared of being shot by some idiot, or even being shot by mistake–being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s just so crazy here. It’s sad, because this country had a lot to offer at one time. Well, like you say, “There are indeed a lot of differences, and that’s what makes the world so beautiful :)”
    ~Teil (Wild, Wild, West–USA)

    • Hello Teil,

      Craiova is the closest big city from where I live in and I am glad you like it. Personally, I don’t like it that much and it would not be one of the top choices on my list: it’s a bit too dark and chaotic for my taste and even the central area, which is supposed to be the best, isn’t that impressive to me. But if you’d choose Craiova, I’d certainly be able to see you as I’m just two hours away πŸ™‚

      Cars are not expensive – you can buy a working second hand car for about 1,000 Euros here, while our Dacia starts at about 8,000 Euros if I have my numbers right. Gas is pretty expensive, but in Romania people usually start worrying about their car first and then a place to live or anything else πŸ™‚

      Regarding walking at night and worrying – I do worry because I’m a bit paranoid and probably watch too many Hollywood movies, but I know that I shouldn’t. Our city at least is very safe at night and I’ve never heard of anybody having any problems. Guns are certainly not something to worry about and I am sure that all our cities are just as safe, even though the larger ones probably have their bad areas.

  4. Hi, Teil! Regarding your question about us being afraid to go out at night. Well if I was alone, and going to places were there are dark areas I would probably be afraid. Sometimes I just call Calin to keep him on the phone till I arrive at the destination, but it’s probably just me, and nothing bad will happen. I would probably feel safer if Eric was with me! :))

    We were never robbed or assaulted in our city. You could get robbed in bigger cities, like Bucharest, in crowded buses, and that did almost happen a few times or happened to the ones I was with. But they take things that have easy access to, and they don’t usually get aggressive, you find out WAY after they are gone.

  5. Hi Wife Romanian (and Calin, too):

    I like your new picture–verrry pretty!!! (Don’t tell Calin–ha, ha;-) I like this one better than the “Lady Gaga” one;-) What is up with her??? I do like her duets with Tony Bennett and her Sound of Music renditions, though;-)

    Thanks for your insight. So does the little one know judo and karate;-? At least you don’t have dogs, babies, children, teenagers, etc., etc. shooting at each other! Recently, a woman had a bra-holstered gun, and she shot her you-know-what off with it. And, there was a two year old in a shopping cart who grabbed his mother’s gun out of her purse, and shot her. Calin knows about the dog who shot his owner, too–now that I did find funny.

    I know there are a lot of young people who don’t have jobs. Do they ever get desperate enough to go around robbing convenience stores, and the like? I know family is important in your country, so maybe there aren’t too many juvenile delinquents and gangs. Gangs, here, are a BIG problem!

    Sure, I know what you mean about being careful in the big cities. It is a matter of common sense. Americans (and yes we can be VERY ugly!) like to talk loudly, wear their Rolexes, play with the most expensive phones and gadgets, wear expensive bling, etc. Thankfully, I have more sense than that (also I couldn’t afford all that stuff, even if I wanted to;-) I would respect the country I would visit and or live in.

    Your country is looking very nice as a place to live out my remaining time–I just have to wait until my second retirement $ happens.
    I ‘ve checked out a lot of your cities “driving around” on You Tube. As I told Calin, most seem very appealing. I’ve got a “National Geographic” guidebook I am referencing, too. I am afraid I will be checking with you all periodically to get your city recommendations;-) Once I move, I wouldn’t want to move again;-) I need to make sure I get it right the first time–ha, ha!

    Thanks again for your information,

    ~Teil (USA)

  6. Haha, Teil! That “Lady Gaga” photo was me at a halloween party, dressed as a dark fairy! Thanks for complimenting my picture, by the way! I don’t know much about her, I don’t like her music much, I’m more of a country, hip hop, a little rock, oldies, music type of girl. I didn’t listen to her duet, so maybe I’ll like that.

    We don’t have gangs, or if we do, they rarelly get in our bussiness, they stay in their areas. We rarelly have robbings, and if we do, they happen mostly over the night when no one is in the store. Not having guns means it’s harder for the thieves to scare someone to give them the money over the counter.

    And I know the guns problem in US is insane. If they don’t have guns, they at least have a knife or something, even if just for protection, right? Is hard to fight them now when everyone has one (except you, of course), people will fear for their lives as there are too many guns without registration there, so if you get rid of the ones you know of, the ones that you don’t get all the power.

    Hope to see you soon! And maybe if you want to explore other corners of Romania, you’ll fell in love to another place and you’ll want to relocate. You never know if virtual towns are really that pretty, I always tought you need to experience it to really make up your mind. But maybe you’ll get lucky from the start! πŸ˜‰

  7. Hi Wife Romanian: I am glad I didn’t offend you. You have a good sense of humor;-) Yes, “Gaga” is a trip, for sure!
    You are right on about the guns in the US! I am GLAD there are few (if any) gangs (and guns;-) in Romania!
    I always am anxious for Calin’s next post. I bet you all are really exited about your vacation in May. I can’t wait to read a “trip report” when you all return! TTYS, ~Teil (USA)

  8. Hi Calin,

    I was surfing earlier tonight and learned about the city of Cluj-Napoca, and my breath was taken away. WOW. This city has absolutely everything! And you found an apartment for only 160 Euro/month. I would be happy to pay a bit more for a little extra space. Thank you so much for posting these photos and descriptions of what there is available. I’m very impressed!
    Cheers,
    Christa

  9. I forgot to ask one thing – I have an african grey parrot who has been with me for 20 years. Their normal lifespan is 60 years, or more. He is my only child. Might I encounter problems finding an apartment if I had my feathered child with me?
    Thanks,
    CC

    • Hello Christa,

      You can really find some great deals all over Romania if you have some time to do the searching. Regarding the parrot, I am sure you would have no problem finding apartments who would allow you to bring him or her over. Romania is very pet-friendly.

  10. Brought my positive vibes here instead. So we just received the “plans” for expanding our home in Romania. Will cost 80k for about 200sq meters or 2k square feet built finished. Does this sound about right? The research we have done leads me to believe this to be true. That is why I am choosing to build and retire to Romania. Who can not love a location where within a few hours you have the cold/cool fresh Mountains and the Beautiful Black Sea beaches. Of course some will see nothing but the poop in the garden and miss all the beautiful roses. I have come across a lot of poop in my life.. and I choose Romanian poop.

    • Hello Otto,

      Even though I am not an expert, for a new building that’s this large and will probably look amazing, I believe that the 80K is a fair price. The more complex the structure, the more expensive it gets, I guess.

  11. Let’s put in a 2020 comment! Price inflation was inevitable as Romanian landlords caught the rent increase fever that is sweeping across America, Europe and the world. Rent prices in California are astronomical and YouTube is full of “Get Rich Through Rental Real Estate” videos telling landlords to increase their rent EVERY year no matter what. Forget about buying a house. I even saw a documentary about German public housing being sold to investment companies who make cosmetic changes and then jack up the rent. Many older people on fixed pension income can no longer afford their formerly government-subsidized apartments, ones they have lived in for decades. The investment company brochures boast of high returns from exploiting “improvement” exceptions to rent control regulations. Meanwhile, the YouTubes on moving to Mexico or some other cheap country keep multiplying. One YouTube channel based in Mexico that I have been following that is targeted at Americans considering retiring overseas has mentioned Mexican rents have gone up considerably too. There, B&B rentals have reduced the available rentals for retirees and normal Mexicans. I guess one cannot sit still anymore. You have to keep you eyes open for cheaper countries and constantly move!

    • …and those cheap countries keep changing every several years until there will probably none left. Good thing that Africa’s so big!

      Many people here are doing the same thing – they’re buying or even renting to sublet on AirBnb where apparently there are higher profits. Automatically, this increases the prices. Plus inflation, plus everything else you’ve mentioned, as well as the fact that right now we still have more demand than offer. They are building like crazy, but in Bucharest it can take you 3 hours to get from the outskirts to the city center… so not necessarily a fix.

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