If you are looking to live in Phuket for a long time, it is a good idea to search for a long-term rental. Long-term rentals often provide superior prices because of the length of stay, and you also get more freedom in terms of furnishing the property.
Long term rentals are mostly attractive to foreigners living or working in Phuket for extended periods of time. Because of the period of rent, the landlord/owner can often reduce the price significantly. Most long-term rentals are located in suburban areas outside of the main tourist areas.