How to Rent a Cheap Apartment in Nairobi
Once you’ve chosen a suitable area of town, it’s time to start the hunt.
One of the best website search engines for apartments in Nairobi is Houselink. You can browse by price or by area of town, making it convenient to do research.
But not all (especially the cheapest) apartments are listed on websites, so in my opinion, one of the best ways to search for an apartment is to take the hands-on approach.
Physically walk around an area of town that you want to live in and visit apartments that look suitable.
All apartments in Nairobi have an information office on the bottom floor that is normally open from at least 9 am to 5 pm and usually longer. If you show interest, they will be happy to show you a room and give you the criteria for renting with them.
Contract and Deposit
Basically, if you have enough money, you can quite easily rent an apartment in Nairobi.
The apartment will need your name and contact information on a rental form that you probably won’t even read and then require a signature.
Most apartments will require you to put down one extra month of payment for deposit. So if I wanted to rent a Ksh 10,000 per month apartment, I’d need to pay Ksh 20,000 the first month – and then Ksh 10,000 per month every following month. Of course, if I didn’t destroy the apartment upon leaving and completed my time contract, I’d get my Ksh 10,000 back.
Water and Power
Water is charged by the unit and normally costs around Ksh 250 per unit. Living in Nairobi, my bill is anywhere from Ksh 500 per month.
Power normally costs around Ksh 20 per unit and my bill each month is around Ksh 1,000 – this is the price for a Bedsitter apartment with a light, power for my electronics and a fan (price will go way up if you choose to use an AC).
Like I mentioned above, the best way to find the cheapest apartments in Nairobi is to physically walk around. You may be able to find some decent options on Houselink Rentals, but visiting in person may be the most successful.
If you are looking to live on a tight budget in Nairobi, don’t forget to check out 4 Tips for Finding a Good Rental House/Apartment!