Many visitors come to Phnom Penh with the intention of staying for a month or three for volunteer work, fellowships or other programmes that require a medium-to-long-term stay. Others come for a short visit and fall in love and decide to stick around for a while. Because the Cambodia visa situation is very permissive, it’s a fine place to stop and stay for a few months.
What many fledgling expats don’t realise is that it’s also very easy to secure short-term accommodation in Phnom Penh. There’s a glut of available flats and landlords are accommodating about short-term stays.
Rooms in established flats are easy to find for between $80 and $150, and one- and two-bedroom apartments for $200 to $350 per month. Better deals are available for those who are willing to really hunt for them and who are willing to sign longer-term contracts. Compared to guesthouses in Phnom Penh, renting an apartment can be very economical, especially when one factors in the what is saved by cooking and doing one’s own laundry.
Most landlords are willing to rent flats for a minimum of two months and require a one-month deposit, however that deposit can often be used as the last month’s rent. Landlords are even willing to rent apartments for as little as a month for slightly higher rent than they’d charge normally. Conversely, if you’re willing to sign a 6-month lease, you can often get $50 a month knocked off the asking price.
If you’re only going to be in Phnom Penh for a few weeks, most guesthouses are willing to offer discounts for long-term stays. For example, Lazy Gecko on Street 258 will rent out their $10 fan rooms for $60 a week or $250 per month. Or, further south in the Tonle Bassac area, Feel At Home is a small, but excellently located guesthouse with simple air-con rooms that they let out for $300 a month.
For a more upscale alternative, you could speak to the people at Artillery Cafe on Street 240½ (that is not a misprint). They have an apartment nearby that they rent out for $100 a week.
For shorter and longer rentals, flat share situations and sublets in Phnom Penh can be found on Expat Advisory, although you’ll have to create a free account to see the ads. Also check out Phnom Penh’s Facebook pages, such as Phnom Penh Housing, Phnom Penh Properties, or Phnom Penh Daily Properties.
There are numerous agents in Phnom Penh, or you could do what so many have done before and decide where you’d like to be then just drive around looking for properties with a phone number posted out the front, which indicates a property that is up for rent.
By Nicky Sullivan
Last updated on 31st January, 2016.