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Posted: Wed Nov 7, 2018 10:22am
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Good morning all. Trying to decide if moving to Alicante is financially feasible and looking for all helpful suggestions and recommendations please. Have been offered a job at a school in the city for 6 months and cannot decide on where is best to live - the city or an area outside. We won't have a car so will be reliant on public transport. Can anyone also give a rough estimate on an average monthly living cost for 2 adults please. As I said, any and all suggestions and recommendations welcome to help make this decision. Thanks in advance.

simon45089

Wed Nov 7, 2018 1:21pm

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Location: Alicante City

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Posted: Wed Nov 7, 2018 1:21pm

Hi, we rent a flat in the City centre on a yearly contract. 2 bed two bath, top floor atico with a nice roof terrace. Rent is 675 euros per month. No need for a car, and we dont spend anything on heating bills as we dont need it. Internet cost is similar to UK.  For shorter periods of rental you may pay more. It seems possible to negotiate in the winter months. The website idealista gives a good guide to prices. Food etc is probably cheaper here than UK, but temptation to spend in the vast number of bars and restaurants is high.

Socks78

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Wed Nov 7, 2018 1:31pm

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Location: Alicante City

Posted: Wed Nov 7, 2018 1:31pm

Thanks Simon that's really helpful. We're actually only to be there for 6 months which may make negotiations a little more difficult especially with not speaking spanish!? Are there any areas to avoid living?

simon45089

Wed Nov 7, 2018 3:38pm

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Location: Alicante City

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Posted: Wed Nov 7, 2018 3:38pm

I only really know the central area, which I can recommend but I would avoid the old town known as the Barrio as it looks beautiful and historic during the day but at night it becomes crazy town with bars open everywhere and the noise can be a real problem. If you want to rent off season, you may be able to do a deal with someone. I know a guy who has several flats he lets as an air bnb business in the summer, but they are very underused in the winter months. There are a lot of people doing air bnb here so I am  sure that is a common problem. We rented via an agent who was very helpful and she speaks English. I can pass on her details if you like. It was not easy to get exactly what we wanted, but we persevered and are very happy. If you are less choosy,

 ie dont insist on a terrace, then there is more choice.

It is a very cool City, very Spanish, and great fun.

Good luck.

Simon.

Socks78

Socks78

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Thu Nov 8, 2018 9:59am

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Location: Alicante City

Posted: Thu Nov 8, 2018 9:59am

More great advice, thanks. And yes please, if she speaks English her details would be very much appreciated!

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Thu Nov 8, 2018 4:20pm

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