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Finding accommodation on Gozo and Malta is very competitive, particularly when landlords wish to take advantage of renting to holiday makers between May and October and the academic year runs from September until June.

It may be that you will need to sign a letting agreement for a full 12 months, whether you are required to be there for your studies or not, which is similar to problems encountered by students in the buoyant London market too.

There are a number of websites that can provide comprehensive local guidance:

http://homerentmalta.com/tenants/tenants-guide/

Here you can find information on rental property leases:

http://homerentmalta.com/landlords-guide/

Your responsibilities as a tenant:

http://homerentmalta.com/tenants/your-responsibilities-as-a-tenant/

Getting your deposit back:

http://homerentmalta.com/tenants/getting-your-deposit-back/

Rental pitfalls to avoid:

http://homerentmalta.com/tenants/rental-pitfalls-to-avoid/

Information on utility bills:

http://homerentmalta.com/tenants/utility-bills-in-malta/

5 essential tips to find your perfect home:

http://homerentmalta.com/5-essential-tips-find-perfect-rental-home/

Probably the easiest and cheapest way to find suitable accommodation is letting a property with a group of friends.

There are also a number of letting agents based near Victoria (Gozo) who can assist you with your search:

https://www.remax-malta.com/gozo

https://www.gozoprime.com/

http://www.lookgozo.com/

Other agents include:

https://franksalt.com who also provide a really useful property letting guide

https://franksalt.com.mt/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/renting_generic_brochure.pdf

There is very little legislative enforcement on Malta, but all rental properties should meet the Malta Tourism minimum standard: http://www.mta.com.mt/enforcement

If you prefer the flexibility of looking for just a room in a flat share, there are websites that can assist:

http://www.expat.com/en/housing/europe/malta/rooms-for-rent.html

https://housing.justlanded.co.uk/en/Malta/Flatshare

https://www.facebook.com/groups/462254710588443/about/

Remember always ensure you apply due diligence when using an agent or dealing directly with a landlord and ensure all terms and conditions are made clear to you before paying a deposit or any advance rent.  If in doubt, seek advice.

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