How to Find an Apartment in Brazil

Copacabana Beach, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

The famous sidewalk (calçada) in Copacabana Beach, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Brazil is located in South America. Some of the major cities in this country include São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Fortaleza, Brasília, Manaus, and Recife. The official language of Brazil is Portuguese.

Below is a selection of the best resources for searching for an apartment in Brazil.

Brazil Apartment Search Engines

When I’m looking for an apartment abroad, I normally like to start with the country-specific apartment search engines and portals. Here are the most popular ones.

  • Bom NegocioAlthough Bom Negocio is technically a classifieds site, it has a robust apartment search engine. It is the first place where I would start my search.
  • Alugue TemporadaThis was the first apartment search site I ever used when I first went to Brazil back in 2007. It is still as good today in finding a place to stay as it was back then. This site specializes in short term rental properties.
  • ZapZap is the first site to check out if you are looking for long term rental accommodation.
  • Viva Real: A clean interface with a lot of options for São Paulo.
  • Imovel Web: Similar site to Viva Real.
  • Easy Quarto: If you are looking for cheap rental options, check out Easy Quarto, a site that specializes in apartment sharing and renting spare rooms.

Classifieds

You can often find some hidden gems if you dig through the classifieds. Not all the apartment listings will be from reputable sources, so you have to pay careful attention to any listing that looks too good to be true.

  • Trovit: Nice simple interface with lots of rental options.
  • Vivalocal: This site is like the Craigslist of Brazil.
  • A Tarde: A good site for long term rental options in Bahia.
  • Brasil Classifieds: Brazil-specific classifieds site.
  • Craigslist: Pioneers in the internet classifieds space.

General Apartment and Housing Search Engines

If you have already exhausted your options above, check out the general apartment and housing search engines below.

  • Trip Advisor: Trip Advisor is a great destination for vacation rentals. Search around this site to see what you come up with.
  • HomeAway.comA giant in the vacation rental space with properties featured in countries around the world.
  • AirbnbAirbnb has properties displayed for over 185 countries. You can often get some pretty good deals.

Useful Articles and Blog Posts

Check out the useful articles and blog posts below for more information to help you with your apartment search.

  • Anglo InfoCheck out this article from Anglo Info which goes through the different parts of your typical rental contract in Brazil.
  • Brazilian GringoGood tips on how to find short term apartment rentals in Brazil.
  • LiveinBrazil.orgKevin discusses how to rent a house or apartment in Brazil.
  • Brazil HacksA good article on renting an apartment in Rio De Janeiro.
  • Just LandedThe short and sweet on lease agreements in Brazil.

There you have it. The best places for finding an apartment in Brazil. If you are interested in working in this country, be sure to check out my article on how to find a job in Brazil as a foreigner. If you are single and are looking to spice up your dating life, check out my reviews of the best dating sites in Brazil. Enjoy your stay!

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