Tunisia Housing and Supply

Olives are served almost every day in Tunisia

Most foreigners live and work in the greater Tunis area, where they can usually find both furnished and unfurnished apartments of all price ranges and very different levels of comfort. Furnished apartments are often rented on a weekly or monthly basis. This can be a good interim solution until you find something that suits you. You will find many accommodation offers in the advertising section of the daily newspapers. Most of them appear in La Presse on Sundays and it is worth calling early if you are interested, as many apartments are rented out on the same day. You will also find special pages with apartment advertisements on the Internet. There are also numerous brokers. These either take a commission (usually a monthly rent or 5% of the annual rent) or the fee is already included in the rental price. Some offices also charge viewing fees.

If you have found what you are looking for, you should conclude a rental agreement, which you need for the residence permit. This is certified by the city administration. In addition, your landlord has to officially declare to the local police station that he is renting out to foreigners – but this is not always strictly handled. As a rule, annual rental agreements are concluded. Graduated rents with a 5% rent increase per year are very common in Tunisia. According to naturegnosis, the deposit is usually one or two months’ rent. Rents vary greatly depending on the neighborhood and size. You can find a small apartment in the city for under a thousand dinars, for a single-family house in one of the fancier suburbs of Tunis you often pay two to three times as much.

Where you live should depend on your budget, transport links and proximity to work, among other things, because depending on the location in Tunis you can easily spend half an hour to an hour every morning and evening in traffic jams. Many foreigners appreciate the banlieue nord the capital because of the proximity to the sea, the tranquility and the relatively high standard of living, which is also reflected in the rental prices. But if you work in the city, you have to be prepared for relatively long distances. The city center offers inexpensive apartments and well-established structures, but the houses, especially the sanitary facilities, are not always in good condition. It is also comparatively noisy in the city and road traffic and lack of parking spaces can be a problem. Between the city center and banlieue nord, upper middle class residential areas such as Menzah and Manar and new construction areas such as Berges du Lac and Aouina offer an alternative.

If you want to travel the country, you will find numerous hotels of all price ranges and standards, increasingly small, often luxurious guest houses or accommodation for private individuals.

The supply for daily needs is not a problem in Tunisia. In the numerous small grocery stores, markets and supermarkets you will find a large selection of food. Basic foods such as bread, sugar and milk are subsidized by the state and are sold at fixed prices. Imported spirits are relatively expensive due to high import duties, while local alcoholic beverages are cheap. They are sold in supermarkets (except on Fridays) and in pubs and upscale restaurants. No alcohol is sold during the fasting month of Ramadan, but it is served to foreigners in larger hotels. While many Tunisians do not drink any alcohol at all, the average consumption is increasing significantly, with almost half a million beers being drunk every day. You can only find pork in a few larger supermarkets and restaurants, which are mainly frequented by foreigners. In a comparison of the global per capita consumption of turkey meat and noodles, Tunisia is way ahead. This is typical of Tunisian cuisine Harissa hot pepper paste, which is used to season many dishes, or stews such as mloukhiya, which are eaten with bread.

You can often find traditional handicrafts in the old towns or in the state handicraft centers. In addition, there are more and more small shops in the greater Tunis area that sell products by young Tunisian designers.

For the greater Tunis area, Haya Mag offers a good overview of cultural events.

Olives are served almost every day in Tunisia