Where to Live in Mauritius
The seaside town of Grand Baie is located just 15 minutes by car from the International Schools such as Northfields International School, Lighthouse Primary and Secondary School, IPS, Greencoast Primary, and Ecole du Nord amongst others. It’s around a 30-minute drive from the capital, Port Louis.
Popular Residential Areas in the North include:
- Grand Baie
- Mon Choisy
- Bain Boeuf
- Cap Malheureux
- Grand Gaube
- St. Antoine
- Pointe Aux Cannoniers
- Trou Aux Biches
Popular Residential Areas in the West include:
- Black River
- Flic en Flac
Popular Residential Areas in the East include:
- Roches Noires
- Poste Lafayette
Popular Residential Areas in the South include:
- Blue Bay
- Pointe d’Esny
Where to live in Central Areas of Mauritius
Accommodation – Renting property in Mauritius
Renting a villa or apartment (flat) in Mauritius is not hard to do for non-residents or non-citizens. As a general rule, accommodation for rent usually comes furnished and equipped with essential household appliances.
Leases are usually long-term and are renewable yearly. One or two months’ rent is usually required as a deposit. Accommodation rented for a short period tends to be more expensive. It is highly recommended that the tenant requests an inventory that lists all the items provided with the apartment before signing the lease agreement, and takes pictures of the property before moving in.
If you choose to hire a real estate agent, you will be asked to pay a commission, usually amounting to a month’s rent.
Utilities such as water (CWA) and electricity (CEB) are sometimes included in the rent, but not usually. A heating system is not necessary in Mauritius, although some parts of the island do get cold during the winter months, and many prefer to have a heater. Air conditioning, however, is usually a plus, especially during the summer months from October to April, but most people can do without, and having a fan is usually enough.
We have extensive experience within the Mauritian housing market and will ensure that the lease meets local norms and legislation. We’re on your side, we target only the best available properties and look after your best interests by negotiating the most favourable lease terms.
Prices fluctuate based on your expectations and requirements, such as the view, and whether it’s an inland or beach-front property, close to the city center and amenities, and facilities such as a swimming pool, security, furniture, and a gym.
As a reference, indicative prices for a two-bedroom house are as follow, but these vary according to the landlord as well, so these prices are to be seen as a guideline only:
- Inland – Rs15,000 to Rs35,000
- Near Tourist Areas – Rs45,000 to Rs75,000
- Waterfront Villa – Rs100,000+
Purchasing a Property
Property Purchase for Permanent Residency
Permanent residency is an important aspect of the purchase decision. However, it is crucial that the real estate investment provides favourable capital growth and rental return prospects.