Written by Jessica Simms
Can’t find a house you can afford on Coruscant? You’re not alone. After an initial crash following the downfall of the Empire, real estate prices are soaring under the New Republic. Those who came of age during the Rebellion—dubbed “generation X-Wing” by the galactic media—are increasingly looking to the Outer Rim for their first home.
Tatooine’s bad reputation isn’t entirely undeserved, but it’s not the wretched hive of scum and villainy you’ve heard it described as by mainstream galactic media. In the years since the Hutt crime cartel lost its stranglehold on the planet, it’s increasingly popular with holographic nomads who appreciate destinations off the tourist starchart, and is on the cusp of an exciting revitalization.
Wondering if you should join in on the trend? Here are a few of the main things Tatooine has going for it.
1. You couldn’t ask for better weather.
Do you like the sun? How about two of them? With its hot, arid climate, Tatooine is one of the few planets in the galaxy you can count on never having your plans ruined by a rainy day.
2. It’s got a killer nightlife.
It’s true—you won’t find the same flashy bars and upscale nightclubs on Tatooine that you might be used to from the Core. But while Tatooine’s nightlife has a different energy, things still get pretty raucous around spaceports like Mos Espa and Mos Eisley, and they’ve got a decent live music scene, too.
3. It’s not really that remote.
Tatooine’s just past the Mid-Rim, so it’s not nearly as isolated as you might think. You can get to Coruscant in about 7 hours with a hyperdrive, and beautiful Naboo is in easy day-trip range right next door.
4. You can’t beat the cost of living.
For the cost of a one-room cube of an apartment in Coruscant’s CoCo Town, you can buy a whole moisture farm on Tatooine—and probably have enough left over to buy a landspeeder or two. Whatever you can’t get cheap in the cities you can trade for from the Jawas (pro tip: they’re really into mudhorn eggs).
5. The landscape is spectacular.
Between the spaceports, most of Tatooine is undeveloped, and its dramatic landscape of cliffs, canyons, and dunes is the ideal place to escape the hectic pace of life in the Core. Local guides can point out the best spots to hike and explore (and help you avoid any unfortunate run-ins with the Tusken Raiders).