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With fast WiFi, low living costs and the option to stay 1-year visa free, the capital of Georgia is a great destination for digital nomads and expats. Here’s how to rent an apartment in Tbilisi – and why you won’t regret it!

It’s surprising that Tbilisi doesn’t have much of digital nomad scene yet, but there’s no doubt that it’s on its way. It has everything a remote worker could need: fast WiFi, a great lifestyle with a low cost of living and practically zero crime. It’s pretty much the perfect digital nomad city.

Aside from the obvious language barrier – as a linguist, I can confirm Georgian is not an easy language! – there really aren’t any drawbacks to living in Tbilisi. Communication is surprisingly easy and the locals’ hospitality overrides any linguistic barriers imposed by the 6-letter consonant clusters that are next-to-impossible to pronounce. (According to this website, Georgian is easier to learn than Arabic – but I have to disagree.)

Basically, it’s really easy to find yourself feeling at home in Tbilisi. 

The only struggle you might face is actually finding a home. Here’s what to consider when you’re thinking of renting an apartment in Tbilisi and how to find a place that’s as perfect* as the city itself.

* Opinion… but you’ll probably agree with me.

 

Tbilisi neighbourhoods

With over a million inhabitants, Tbilisi is a pretty big city. Not only is it populated, but it’s also pretty spread out, with very distinctive neighbourhoods. Here are some of the best ones for digital nomads and expats:

Abanotubani “bath district”

Even if you don’t live in the Abanotubani area, you’ll no doubt find yourself there often. As well as being home to some of Tbilisi’s main attractions, such as the sulphur baths and cable car, the district is full of lively bars and restaurants.

 

Sololaki 

Also right in the heart of Old Tbilisi, the Sololaki district has some of the city’s most impressive architecture. This is where I lived during my time in Tbilisi and it was incredible.

Our Tbilisi apartment was a 2-bedroom, first floor abode with an open courtyard below. The stairs leading into our building were wonky and cracked, and I quickly learned to love them. We’d often see our neighbours, who would leave their doors open most of the time, and it was great to be so immersed in local life.


Tbilisi skyline at night


Rustaveli Avenue 

Rustaveli is the main road that runs through Tbilisi’s west bank. Off of this road, you’ll find a number of shops, restaurants and offices, and there’s always things going on. It’s not strictly a district, but you might want to consider looking for an apartment near this road if you like being close to the action.

Vake 

If you prefer to be somewhere a little fancy, you might want to consider renting an apartment in the Vake district. An affluent neighbourhood, Vake is mostly residential and has a very “expat” feel to it. Lots of international residents choose to make Vake their home, but you may find it lacking if you also enjoy soaking up history and culture.

 

Vera

For a greener experience of city living, head to the Vera district of Tbilisi. This leafy neighbourhood is mostly residential, but its hills and parks make for soothing evening strolls. Plus, it’s close enough to Rustaveli Avenue that you won’t feel far from the action.

Chughureti 

Over on the eastern side of the river, the Chughureti covers most of the main area of Tbilisi. In this area, you’ll find no shortage of cool architecture and nods to the city’s Soviet past blended with innovative start-ups and hidden cafes. 

The famous Fabrika, which is set in an old factory and now serves as a hostel meets social space meets coworking area, is in this part of Tbilisi. If you lived here, you won’t be stuck for an office or social life.


Fabrika hostel and coworking in Tbilisi Georgia
Fabrika


Cost of living in Tbilisi

As much as we might not want it to, cost is always going to be an important factor when deciding where to live. And Tbilisi is surprisingly budget-friendly!

Tbilisi rent prices

Monthly rent for an apartment in Tbilisi can vary from as little as £150 ($185) for a one bedroom apartment outside the city centre to around £550 ($675) for a similarly sized property right in the heart of Tbilisi. It’s much more affordable than most European cities, especially if you’re splitting rent with a partner or friend.

 

General living costs

Once your rent’s covered, you won’t need a fortune to live a comfortable life in Tbilisi.

Food will be your main expense, but it’s not hard to find reasonably priced – and healthy! – meals, whether you’re eating out or staying in. Oh… and in case you didn’t know, Georgian food is INCREDIBLE. 

Georgia is full of amazing landscapes and travel destinations, and it’s all fairly easy from Tbilisi. Transport, hotels and travel costs are relatively low across the entire country, so you won’t need an excuse to get out and explore.

Click here to see a full break down of how much I spent during a month living in Tbilisi.


Food in Tbilisi Georgia


Apartments in Tbilisi

Tbilisi is a city that has a little bit of everything – and that includes apartments. 

If you want the full Georgian experience, I highly recommended looking for a traditional apartment in the Old Tbilisi area. For what it lacks in modern decor and pristine appearances, you’ll feel fully immersed in local life – and will probably even make friends with your neighbours.

Outside the central area, you’ll find plenty of apartments across the traditional-modern spectrum. Take a look at Airbnb and you’ll see exactly what I mean!

 

Airbnb in Tbilisi Georgia

Speaking of Airbnb, it’s by far the easiest way to find an apartment to rent in Tbilisi. Sure, you may pay a little more than you would if you found somewhere when you got there. But for the slightly higher price, you’ll save a load of time and stress once you arrive. 

Like many countries, things in Tbilisi are mostly arranged through word of mouth. From the postal service to apartment rentals, you might need to know some locals to find a place easily. It can be great (and super cheap!) if you manage it, but you probably won’t have a written contract or any other type of guarantee.

I rented an apartment from Airbnb and everything went smoothly. The host was incredibly hospital, guiding our taxi driver on the phone, checking in by text to make sure everything was okay and quickly answering any questions we had. If you’re staying in Tbilisi for up to 3 months, I highly recommend keeping it simple and finding an Airbnb. 

Here’s just a small selection of the type of apartment you could rent: 

  • This old city apartment combines the best of Old Tbilisi’s traditional architecture with quirky modern updates.
  • The terrace on this apartment has awesome city views and is HUGE.
  • Or you can enjoy the best of both worlds with this design-led conversion of an old house that now resembles a city loft.

As I said, there really is something for everyone!


 

Art house coworking in tbilisi georgia


Living in Tbilisi

Living in Tbilisi as an expat or digital nomad is a completely unique experience. To sum it up in a few words, it’s convenient, it’s fun and one of the most comfortable cities I’ve ever lived in. The city has a charming mix of culture and modern conveniences, making it perfect for both work and play. Not only that, but you won’t feel like a tourist while you’re there.

The only thing that can be hard at first is establishing a social life. Locals are generally quite reserved but irresistibly hospital once that initial barrier has been broken, so the key is to not be shy. Tbilisi is one city where the language barrier really doesn’t matter and somehow everything just works. 

Without a doubt, I could happily live in Tbilisi again. And with it becoming more and more known in digital nomad circles, who knows what the next few years may hold?


 

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