Vietnam TravelMoving to Saigon: What Expats Need to Know for a Happy Renting Experience in Ho Chi Minh City

Kaylin2 years ago11

Are you thinking of moving to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)? If so, you’re in for a treat. This vibrant and exciting city has something for everyone, from delicious food and lively nightlife to stunning architecture and friendly people. But before you can start enjoying all that Saigon has to offer, there are some things you need to know about renting an apartment or house here.

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  1. What documents will I need?
  2. How to find your new apartment in Saigon
  3. Questions to ask your real estate agent
  4. Don’t overspend on rent! Check out the latest rental prices in Saigon.
  5. In general, real estate agents will charge a commission.
  6. Living in Saigon is made easy with a motorbike.
  7. Conclusion

What documents will I need?

First and foremost, it’s important to do your research before moving. This means finding out what the requirements are for foreigners with an employment contract, or for those who want to rent an apartment or house in Saigon. In general, you will need to provide copies of your passport and visa, as well as a letter from your employer or landlord confirming your status. You may also be required to pay a security deposit, which is typically one month’s rent.

Some documents that you may need to bring with you:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Work Permit
  • Proof of Income
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How to find your new apartment in Saigon

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Once you have all of the necessary documents, the next step is to start looking for a place to live. There are a few different options when it comes to finding an apartment or house in Saigon. You can search online, ask friends or family for recommendations, or contact a real estate agent. There are also Facebook groups and websites dedicated to helping expats find housing in Saigon.

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When looking for an apartment or house, it’s important to keep in mind your budget and what you’re looking for in a home. Do you want something furnished or unfurnished? Are you looking for a short-term lease or a long-term lease? Once you’ve narrowed down your search, it’s time to start visiting apartments and houses.

Questions to ask your real estate agent

Be sure to ask as many questions as possible before signing a lease. What is the rent? What is the security deposit? Are there any other hidden costs? How long is the lease? What is the minimum stay? Are pets allowed? These are just a few of the things you’ll want to keep in mind when looking for a place to rent in Saigon.

If you’re moving to Saigon on your own, it’s also important to consider your safety. Be sure to visit potential apartments during the daytime and nighttime so you can get a feel for the neighborhood. It’s also a good idea to ask the landlord or real estate agent about the area. Are there any security concerns? Is the neighborhood safe at night? These are all things you’ll want to keep in mind when choosing a place to live in Saigon.

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Don’t overspend on rent! Check out the latest rental prices in Saigon

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When it comes to prices, you’ll find that renting in Saigon is very affordable.  In general, apartments start at around $400 per month and houses vary but generally start at around $800 per month and can go as high as $2,000 or more. Keep in mind that these prices can vary depending on the season, the size and location of the property, so be sure to shop around before making a decision. A one-bedroom furnished apartment in a central location like Vinhomes Central Park can start as low as $1,000 per month, while a three-bedroom apartment in a less desirable area may only cost $700 per month. You can also find cheaper rent, if you move further outside of the city such as Nha Be district.

In general, real estate agents will charge a commission

While it’s possible to find apartments and houses for rent without the help of a real estate agent, it’s often helpful to use one. Real estate agents can help you find the right property, negotiate the price, and even help with the paperwork. In general, real estate agents will charge a commission.

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Living in Saigon is made easy with a motorbike

One of the great things about living in Saigon is that there is no need to own a car. The city has an excellent public transportation system, which makes getting around town a breeze. In addition, many apartments and houses in Saigon come with motorbike parking, so you can easily get around town on two wheels.


Renting in Saigon can be a great way to experience the city without having to commit your life savings. By doing some research before you move, you can avoid scams and find a place that’s perfect for you. You’ll find that apartments and houses in Saigon are very affordable, and there’s no need to own a car thanks to the city’s excellent public transportation system. Be sure to do your research before moving, as that will help you find the perfect place to live in Saigon. Happy renting!

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Well, it really depends on whether you want to feel like a contestant on a wacky design show or if you’re cool with DIY furniture assembly and the thrill of finding the perfect offbeat decor. Moving to Saigon? Don’t be surprised if you encounter some unexpected wacky traffic adventures. Also, get ready to expand your culinary horizons with some delicious Vietnamese quirky street food, but be prepared for the occasional zany spicy surprise! What are your thoughts on this?


Moving to a new city like Saigon can be an exciting adventure, but it’s crucial for expats to understand the rental process to ensure a smooth experience. Along with having the necessary documents like copies of your passport, visa, and a letter confirming your status, it’s important to consider whether you want a short-term or long-term lease based on your plans. Familiarizing yourself with rental market trends and legal regulations in Ho Chi Minh City will also help you make informed decisions. Good luck with your move and finding the perfect rental place!


It’s always important to have all the necessary documents in order before moving to a new city, and Saigon is no exception. Providing your passport, visa, work permit, and proof of income will help streamline the renting process in Ho Chi Minh City. Once you have everything in place, you can begin your search for an apartment or house. Take your time to explore different options, consider your budget, and keep your preferences in mind. Lastly, make sure to ask questions, visit potential places both during the day and night for safety, and make an informed decision that will lead to a happy renting experience in Saigon.


I think need to add about how to choose safe areas to live because that is really important. Living in D3,7,1 are comfortable. People said living in D4 is quite danger but I think if you can choose a good place to live, there is quite safe and people in D4 super friendly, I just know that by my experience there.


Moving to Saigon? Choosing a safe area to live is crucial, no doubt about it. While areas like D3, D7, and D1 are often recommended for their comfort, let me tell you, there’s more to it than just that! I’ve personally lived in D4, which some people consider dangerous, but if you do your research and find a good spot, it can be quite safe, and the people there are super friendly. So, don’t limit yourself to the popular areas, explore and find your own slice of heaven!

Don’t be afraid to venture beyond the usual spots and discover hidden gems for your happy renting experience in Saigon!


This is a busy and lively place. I would imagine renting here would be similar to living in another major city. You just have to be prepared for the differences. 


@hanbin_fan It is a busy, lively place with lots to do, so if you’re not used to that kind of environment, it may be a bit of an adjustment. There are parts in Saigon that are more quiet like in Phu My Hung. However, if you’re coming from another major city like New York or London, for example, then you’re probably already well-acquainted with the hectic pace and energy of life in a big city. The main difference will probably be the traffic. Vietnamese people drive differently than Americans do, so if you plan on driving yourself anywhere, that could prove to be a challenge at first.


How much does a move here typically cost? 
I have no plans but I know a friend of mine is wanting to move there with her fiance. He is from Vietnam. 


It depends on a lot of factors, but I would say you’re looking at between $5000 and $10,000. Saigon is a popular destination for foreigners due to the low cost of living and the fact that there’s always something new to see or do.

You’ll want to research the different neighborhoods in the city, so that you have a good idea of what your new home will look like. You’ll also want to figure out how you’re going to get around: whether you’ll be driving, taking public transport, or riding your bike; because all three can be viable options in Saigon depending on your destination. Make sure you have a job lined up or some source of income to live in the country long term.

If you’re shipping your material belongings from your home country to Vietnam, that’s going to cost a lot more. I would suggest only bringing your most valuable things like photos, laptop, phone, clothes, etc. and starting fresh.


You should definitely negotiate the price. When I was teaching English in Vietnam, my buddies and I rented a 2 bedroom apartment. Two of us had our own bedroom and 1 slept on the couch but paid less rent. If you are looking for an apartment, try finding a coworker or roommate who is also looking for a place. That way, you can split rent with someone who you know will be reliable.


Great article Kaylin! If you’re looking to rent a place in Saigon, here are some other things to keep in mind:

1. Make sure your lease is short term. By renting month-to-month or for shorter periods, you’ll keep yourself from getting stuck with a bad situation. I had a friend who signed a long-term lease but then switched jobs to some where further from her apartment and the commute was a big headache for her.

2. Be on the lookout for noise pollution. There are many cheap apartments but you have to careful of nearby construction work or whether there will be a bar across the street playing loud music at 3 AM in the morning.

3. Don’t be afraid to negotiate! In American culture we’re taught not to haggle when we buy products, but in Vietnamese culture it’s expected that you’ll ask for a better price and try to get what you want out of a deal.