Living in Europe | Access to the culture of the host country/language courses | Cyprus

You should consider that expenses for Water, Electricity, Heating, Air-Conditioning, etc, are most usually not included in the rental, so make sure to inquire and take them into account for your budget calculations.

Water maybe typically paid by the owner/ landlord but it is also usually forwarded to the tenant/ renter. You should contact the local Municipal Offices for registration if this is required. Each Municipality has its own water authority, however the public water supply countrywide is managed by the Cyprus Water Development Department.

Electricity is domestically used at 240 V AC, 50Hz. Plugs used are the British-type 13 amp 3 flat pin. Registration with the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) at local Customer Service Centres is necessary to get electricity connected and/or turned on. Sometimes, the owner/ landlord will do this and charge the renter according to meter usage. The EAC also offers direct online bill payment.

Gas is not available through a countrywide network and natural gas (LPG gas) is frequently used for cooking or heating. Canisters of 10 Kg are sold at supermarkets and larger quantity canisters are available through delivery.

Telephone landline services are provided by the Cyprus Telecommunication Authority - CYTA (government-owned independent company), MTN Cyprus and PrimeTel. Their customer service offices throughout Cyprus may be found at CytaShops, MTN Cyprus and PrimeTel Support Centers respectively.

Mobile/ Cellular Telephony is provided by CytaMobile, PrimeTel and MTN Cyprus, through a variety of payment plans/ contracts. Major retail stores and phone shops sell all major cellular phone brands. It may be even possible to use your own cell-phone in Cyprus. However, the most economical way to make and receive calls will most likely be to purchase a SIM card in Cyprus. All incoming calls are free and local calls are charged at a local rate. You should consider that in order to do use a foreign phone in Cyprus, the phone must be "unlocked", meaning it must not be tied to a particular provider's network. If the phone is locked, it may be possible to unlock the phone at phone-stores in the originating country or in Cyprus. There is also the possibility of “pay-as-you-go” usage, where no contact is necessary. In this case, a new “pay-as-you-go” SIM card is necessary for which you will have to purchase time-credits (most usually available at kiosks-“periptera” and tobacconists).

Internet connectivity can be achieved through CytanetPrimeTel, MTN Cyprus and Cablenet. In order to obtain ADSL service, you must have a phone line. You will have to consider a monthly connection fee, which will be payable to the ADSL provider as well as the Internet service provider. Digital television is available from all Internet providers. Further information on broadband options and internet service providers (ISPs) is available at CyprusBroadband.net.