If you're not ready to put down roots in Orkney permanently, there are usually a number of properties available for rent and long-term lease, although they can sometimes be harder to find.
Orkney Islands Council (OIC) has a range of houses and flats across the islands, with a small number currently being built too. If you're interested in being considered for a Council property then you must complete an application form. Applicants will then be assessed according to the local authority's lettings policy and awarded with a level of priority. Find out more from the Orkney Islands Council website.
Orkney Housing Association (OHAL) also has a portfolio of quality affordable homes available for rent in the islands. To be considered for any rental property with OHAL you must complete an application form and undergo an assessment. OHAL operates a common housing register with OIC so you only need to complete a single form to be considered for housing with both organisations. Find out more about registering and available properties from the Orkney Housing Association website.
Orkney Islands Property Developments Ltd (OIPDL) provides a range of rented accommodation in Kirkwall, including general lets, student accommodation and very sheltered housing. Visit the OIPDL Facebook page to see the latest available properties.
Orkney College UHI also hosts listings for accommodation available for students in Orkney. Visit the website to see what's on offer.