House hunting for the cheapest and safest places in Nairobi

Kenyans are finding it hard to find some proper housing whose rent can match the salary they earn per month.  This does the elusive search for a bedsitter or one-bedroom quite frustrating at times. And with many people making less than Sh50,000, you can understand the challenge they face in balancing their income and demands.

Rental prices keep increasing as the shortage of housing facilities keeps biting. That said, we have compiled a list of the areas in Nairobi with cheap and affordable houses to save you from the hustle of house-hunting:

House hunting in Kahawa Sukari/Wendani

Besides being inhabited by a lot of Kenyatta University students, the estate is the right place for the working class even though rent prices keep rising especially for those living around Quickmart Supermarket in Kahawa Sukari. A bedsitter goes for about Sh8,000 while one-bedroom averages between Sh10,000-Sh15,000.


It is one of the fastest-growing areas in the region and is preferred by many Kenyans due to its affordability as being the only town that is on the bypass. The fare to and fro the CBD is quite affordable for the working class. A bedsitter goes for an average of 7,000ksh per month and one-bedroom costing between 13,000ksh – 16, 000ksh per month.

House hunting in Ruaka

This upcoming area is located North West of Nairobi along the Northern Bypass. Houses in Ruaka are quite affordable save for the presence of Two Rivers Mall, which has seen the rental prices shoot up as more people are relocating to the area. Bedsitters go for an average of between Sh7,000-Sh10,000 per month whereas one-bedroom goes for between Sh15,000-Sh20,000 a month.

House hunting in Roysambu

Home to one of Kenya’s largest malls, Thika Road Mall, Roysambu is inhabited by the upcoming middle-class as well as those fresh graduates who’ve just gotten jobs. The area is not only home to Kenyans but to a whole bunch of Nigerians, Rwandese and Congolese people.

Its proximity to the Thika Superhighway makes it a, favorite especially among people who work in the capital city. One bedroom house goes for Sh15, 000-Sh.20, 000 per month and a bedsitter go for between kSh.8, 000 to Sh.12,000.

House hunting in Rongai

The town said to be “outside Kenya” due to its far-flung distance from Nairobi town. That aside, Rongai is an excellent area to settle in considering that it’s not populated as such compared to other cities in Nairobi. The Maasai Mall is one of the famous shopping centers where people from the region can purchase stuff without having to go to the CBD.

House hunting in Embakasi

As a residential estate, it houses mostly lower-middle-income citizens. It is also a host to informal settlements like Mukuru Kwa Njenga. It plays host to several recreational facilities as well as the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

One bedroom house goes for KSh 10,000 – 15, 000Ksh and a bedsitter goes for between 6,000ksh and 9,000ksh.

House hunting in Donholm

It is one of the oldest estates in Nairobi and has over the years witnessed the mushrooming of multi-story apartments and flats. Bachelor and newly employed youths prefer it.

One bedroom goes for between Sh 10,000-Sh 18,000 per month, while a bedsitter goes for Sh 5,500-Sh 12,000 per month.

House hunting in Utawala

Another estate that is not populated and would be the right choice for those looking for cheap houses. A bedsitter could go for Sh6,000 whereas a one-bedroom house costs at least Sh10,000 on average.

House hunting in Mlolongo

It is a favorite among many Kenyans as seen from the over 6,000 inhabitants who reside there. Situated along Mombasa Road, Mlolongo has affordable houses with one bedroom going averaging between Sh8,500-Sh15,000. A bedsitter will cost you about Sh6,500 a month.

House hunting in Kangemi/Uthiru

They are located in Westlands, Nairobi, and plays host to both the middle class and lower class. Uthiru is one of the cheapest states to live in Nairobi; one-bedroom goes for between Sh.8,000-Sh.13,000, bedsitter goes for between Sh 5,000-Sh 8,000.

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Brian is a founding writer at Urban Kenyans. His work is focused on how to improve the digital literacy of Kenyans online. He has been able to do so with his mastery of Kenya and the English Language.

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