Safe and affordable places to live in Nairobi


In Nairobi, you don’t look for affordable estates only, you also consider safety. Without security, you won’t live in peace. There are estates you can’t live in even if rent is Ksh100 per month. But there are a number of cheap estates which are safe, where you can walk even at midnight without any security issue. Affordable estates in Nairobi are those that charge rent of not more than Ksh 20,000 per month. The average rent for affordable estates should be:

1 bedroom—Ksh 10,000 to Ksh 18,000

2 bedrooms Ksh 12,000 to Ksh 25,000

Bedsitter—Ksh 6,000 to Ksh 12,000

Nowadays rent has been increased in almost every estate. If you were paying Ksh 10,000 ten years ago, right now it’s at least Ksh12,000.

Below is a list of the most affordable estates in Nairobi which are also safe:

  • Donholm

Donholm is an ideal estate for people earning Ksh 50,000 and above.There are plenty of apartments to rent in this estate.The average rental prices for bedsitters is Ksh 8,000.Majority of the houses in Donholm are one bedrooms which go for Ksh 15,000 to Ksh 20,000.

Donholm is a secure estate with modern apartments.

  • Umoja

Umoja is slightly cheaper than Donholm.Donholm and Umoja are adjacent to each other. Security is good in these two estates—you can walk within even at midnight.

To rent a bedsitter,it costs Ksh 7,000 to Ksh 10,000.One bedroom houses cost Ksh 10,000 to Ksh 18,000 while two bedrooms will cost Ksh 15,000 to Ksh 22,000.

  • Rongai

Rongai is a good estate for lower and upper middle class people in Nairobi. It accommodates over 50,000 people. Safety is guaranteed in this estate.

Though it’s very expensive to commute from Rongai to Nairobi CBD,houses are cheap. You can get a bedsitter for less than Ksh 8,000.One bedroom houses cost Ksh 9,000 to Ksh 15,000.

To commute daily to Nairobi CBD,you will spend Ksh 150 and above.

  • Kitengela

Another good estate to live in is Kitengela.Now that there is Expressway, you will easily beat the Mombasa road jam.The Estate has bedsitters, one bedroom, two bedroom,3 bedroom or mansionates.You can also get many single rooms in the estate.

The cost of renting range between Ksh 6,000 and Ksh 30,000 depending on the size of the house. Bedsitters go for Ksh 7,000 to Ksh 10,000.One bedroom houses charge Ksh 9,000 to Ksh 15,000.Single rooms cost below Ksh 5,000.

  • Utawala

Utawala has modern apartments, good roads, many schools, malls and hospitals. It’s an ideal estate for families. Here houses are cheap, security is guaranteed. Here is where GSU Training center is located.

You can get a bedsitter for as low as Ksh 5,000.One bedroom houses go for less than Ksh 15,000.There are also many cheap two bedroom houses.

In Utawala, you can also buy land and build your own house.

  • Embakasi

Embakasi has the highest population in Nairobi. But despite that, the estate is safe and cheap to live in.There are very few insecurity cases in this estate. More than 150,000 people live in Embakasi, majority being those earning less than Ksh 80,000 per month

There are thousands of apartments in Embakasi.Houses are from single rooms to two bedrooms. A single room costs Ksh 3,000 to Ksh 5, 000, bedsitters go for Ksh 6,000 to Ksh 10,000 while one bedroom houses cost Ksh 8,000 to Ksh 15,000.

Two bedroom houses are very few in Embakasi, but they are available. They go for Ksh 15,000 to Ksh 22,000 per month.

  • Ngong

Ngong is located along Ngong Road. It’s a modern estate with new apartments. Prices are low and security is guaranteed. You can easily get a bedsitter for less than Ksh 7,000.There are many one bedroom houses which go for Ksh 8,000 to Ksh 12,000.

You will be using Ngong Road to access Nairobi CBD.

  • Kasarani

Kasarani is located along Thika Road and it’s a good estate to live in.The average cost of one bedroom house is Ksh 13,000.Two bedroom houses go for Ksh 18,000 to Ksh 30,000.There are also bedsitters which cost as little as Ksh 9,000

  • Ruai

Ruai is located very far from Nairobi CBD, but it’s among the cheapest estates in Nairobi. With just Ksh 8, 000, you will get a nice one bedroom house in Ruai.

There are many buses plying Nairobi CBD-Ruai route—don’t worry about transport.

Houses for rent are available starting from single rooms to three bedrooms.

  • Roysambu

When looking for a house along Thika Road, don’t skip Roysambu.There, you will get houses for your taste.

If your budget is Ksh 7,000 to Ksh 18, 000, the ideal place to live is Roysambu

Bedsitters and one bedrooms dominate in the apartments available. There are cheap bedsitters for less than Ksh 8,000.

  • Imara

Imara is a very good estate especially for people who earn Ksh 70,000 to Ksh 200,000.There are good houses for rent in the estate.There is Imaara Mall,one of the best malls in Nairobi.Rental prices range between Ksh10,000 and Ksh 30,000 per month.


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