Real Estate

Moving to Swansea?

It can be difficult moving to a new city and having no idea where to rent a house. I used to be a letting agent in Swansea for many years and saw many people moving to the city who had no idea where to live so I thought I would help you all.

In which area should I live?


When you start looking for a property, one of the most important factors in the location! There are many things to consider, for example: how close is it to work, what are the schools like, does it have a history of crime, what council tax band the property is in, etc. Before you begin your search, you should write down a few key attributes that your potential property should have. Otherwise, it’s easy to be blinded by a house with lovely decor and it’s not until a few months into living there that you realize you’re too far away from family and friends.

In my opinion, it’s all about location, location, location. If you don’t have a car, live near the city. If you like surfing, live near the sea.

During my time as a Letting Agent I rented properties all over Swansea in many different areas. But this list of areas is by far the most popular.

Rental areas in Swansea

Blackpill, Brynhyfryd, Brynmill, Caswell, Cockett, Craigcefnparc, Crofty, Cwmbwrla, Derwen Fawr, Dunvant, Fforest, Fforestfach, Gorseinon, Gower, Gowerton, Hafod, Langland, Llangyfelach, Manselton, Maritime Quarter, Mayals, Morriston, Mount Pleasant, Mumbles , Murton, Newton, Penclawdd, Penllergaer, Penyrheol, Plasmarl, Pontarddulais, Port Tennant, Ravenhill, Sandfields, Sketty, St. Thomas, Swansea, Uplands, West Cross.

student areas

Brynmill – Probably the most popular student area in Swansea as it is within walking distance of the University and home to many HMO (multiple occupancy houses) properties ranging from 5 to 14 bedrooms. In addition to many student properties, Brynmill is also home to many families and young professionals.

Highlands: It is the most popular area for the average buy to rent from owner. It is close to the city with excellent transport links and has a popular, small but unique nightlife scheme.

mount nice: It’s a popular area for Swansea Metropolitan University students, but it’s quite a ways from Swansea University. Student rent in this area is slightly cheaper than in Brynmill and Uplands.

Council Areas
As with all cities there are some large council properties, mainly in Swansea East, the main ones being Townhill, Mayhill, Blaen-Y-Maes, Bon-y-maen, Penlan, Class. Swansea West has West Cross, but a large part of this is now privately owned.

change areas

The M4 is the main motorway in South Wales that runs from London to Carmarthen. Areas that are very close to the M4 are: Birchgrove, Fforestfach, Gorseinon and Penllergaer.

Vacation rentals and expensive areas

The Gower Peninsula is an Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty and certainly the jewel in Swansea’s crown. Property prices in the Gower and The Mumbles are much higher than in other areas of Swansea and this is reflected in rental prices. But if your budget allows it, it is “The place to live”.

Mumbles, Langland, Caswell, Bishopston, Pennard, Gower

Where to start my property search?

I’m not a letting agent in Swansea anymore so I won’t cover up my old business lol. By far the best place to look for properties to rent in Swansea is, which features most of the major rental agents and also many properties from owners.

Right, I know what area I want to live in, what next?


Your budget as a renter is very important. You need to be able to pay not only your rent, but also your city tax, utility bills, TV license, phone/TV/Internet, food, and not forget your social life!

Once you have sat down and calculated what you can afford to rent, you can begin your property search. It’s very easy to go over your budget, but I would really advise against this! I have seen many renters stretch their budget, go into debt, get evicted and get a CCJ for their troubles and not to mention a mountain of money owed to creditors!

What to keep in mind:

There are many great Swansea landlords to let and many great properties to rent. However, like everything in life, there are some bad apples, or in this case, properties!

1) Rental agent or owner? One very important thing to ask when renting a house or flat is whether the property is managed by a rental agent. Just because a rental agency advertises a property does not mean that it manages it. The nice thing about renting a fully managed property is that you can put pressure on the leasing agent to fix anything wrong with the property, like a broken window or a leaky faucet. The downside to renting through estate agents is that most charge a contract arrangement fee, usually between £50 and £200. Landlords don’t usually charge contract arrangement fees, but on the downside, they do. his owner is strict, lazy or difficult to contact, he can be a nightmare if something goes wrong.

2) Lease Deposit Scheme: By law, all deposits taken since April 6, 2007 must be held with the Lease Deposit Scheme and not with your landlord/agent. Make sure this is the case! It was put in place to protect tenants from unfair landlords withholding tenant deposits at the end of a lease.

3) Moisture: Moisture can cause major problems for a property and its health. Be sure to check out the property before you sign! what to look for

4) Fair Price – Be sure to do a lot of research on rental prices in the area to make sure you are paying the going rate.

5) Haggling: I’ve always been amazed at how many people have never tried to haggle with our landlords. If a property has an offer of £500 pcm £475, the owner will most likely accept. Alternatively, you can request improvements to the property, for example: new sofa, washing machine or a new carpet. Remember that your potential owner is just as interested in renting out your property as you are!

6) Duration of the contract: I recommend a 6-month contract. Sometimes a house just doesn’t feel like home or you may have bigger problems and if you’ve signed a contract for a year or more, it can be hard to get out of it.

7) Always pay on time: Remember that just because your landlord owns the property you live in doesn’t make you rich. You may be depending on your rent to pay a high mortgage on the property, so be a good person and manage your finances efficiently.