This is a list of safe and affordable places to live in Nairobi. Nairobi is a cosmopolitan city that is home to millions of Kenyans. Most of the people migrate from rural areas in search of greener pastures. This explains why the rate of unemployment and congestion is high in Nairobi.
Our main focus in this article is to help you save on house rent, by providing you with affordable alternatives depending on your budget. The article focuses on estates where you can live peacefully and comfortably without spending a huge percentage of your salary on house rent.
In no particular order, here is a list of safe and affordable places to live in Nairobi.
Kasarani caters for all types of income earners, from high, medium to low-income earners. There are sub-estates within Kasarani where you can get affordable houses. This includes places such as Hunters, Sunton and Seasons. Houses here are very affordable, especially for those who earn a salary of Kshs 30,000. For as low as Kshs 6,000, you can get yourself a nice bedsitter within parts of Kasarani.
Roysambu is located along Thika Road. It is an affordable estate for the middle class and students from neighbouring institutions such as Kenyatta University, KCA, NIBS…etc. The estate is easily accessible to amenities such as schools and shopping malls such as the famous TRM.
Houses range from Kshs 6,500- 10,000 for bedsitters. One-bedroom houses range from Kshs 12,000 to 25, 000. You can comfortable live in Roysambu if you earn a salary of less than Kshs 30,000.
Donholm is quite a good estate to live in especially if you are a middle-income earner. Bedsitters here range from Kshs 7,000 to 10,000. One bedroom houses range from Kshs 15,000 to 25,000.
Langata is a good estate for middle-income earners, especially for those who earn a salary of Kshs 40,000 and above. The estate is easily accessible to the city centre and has several schools, shopping centres and recreational facilities.
Buruburu is one of the best estates to live in if you wish to stay in Eastlands. The estate is favourable for middle- income earners, especially for those who earn Kshs 40,000 and above. There are also good houses for those who budget on a salary of less than Kshs 30,000.
Rongai is a good estate to live in if your budget is tight. The only disadvantage is the distance from Nairobi town and the traffic jam you will experience daily. The estate has almost all the amenities that one would look for before moving into any estate. One earning a salary of less than Kshs 30,000 can easily survive in Rongai.
Komarock is an affordable estate that has cheap houses favourable for those who earn salaries of below and above Kshs 40,000. The estate has a good network of schools and is easily accessible to the city centre.
Ngong is also an affordable estate that is not congested like other estates located within Nairobi. Bedsitters go for as low as Kshs. 5,500. You can also get nice one bedroom houses for less than Kshs 10,000 in some parts of Ngong.
Ruiru is located along Thika Road. A lot of institutions are located in this particular estate. This implies that most of the inhabitants are students, one of the reasons why houses are fairly priced. Good bedsitters here range from Kshs 6,000. With as low as Kshs 10,000 you can comfortably get a good one-bedroom house.
Embakasi mainly houses lower-middle-income earners. Bedsitters range from Kshs 6,000 to 9,000, while one-bedroom houses go for Kshs 10,000 to 20,000.
Ruaka is a fast-growing estate that has the necessary amenities such as schools and shopping malls, particularly the Two Rivers Mall. Bedsitters here range from Kshs 7,000 to 10, 000, while one-bedrooms go for Kshs 15,000 to 25,000.